One of the reasons many of us are purse-obsessed revolves around the ability a handbag has to transform an outfit. Sure, plenty of our bags are meant to be our daily, functional bags, but we wouldn’t call ourselves handbag aficionados without an appreciation for the artsy pieces designers offer. Many of us own those special pieces, knowing they are meant for specific and special occasions while also knowing that the bold statement they make is worth the lesser wear. This is the case with the new Gucci Sylvie 1969 Plexiglas Mini Bags, which is a play on the House classic Sylvie bag with a modern interpretation.
Crafted from Plexiglas with gold-toned hardware, the signature Sylvie bag transforms into a pop accessory (think South Beach vibes with a tailored twist). The candy-like hues of pink, sage, and ivory are playful yet would pair well with more traditional outfits or streetwear-inspired looks alike. Though this spin on the bag changes it completely, the bag still carries the archival design elements and immediately stands out as a rendition of the Gucci Sylvie.
For majority of people, this is not a daily bag (though I envy those that can carry less and make a statement piece like this work for daily use). The interior expands, but not incredibly wide, so you need to carefully edit down what you plan to carry. There is an interior open pocket, it’s small but I’d use it to slide some cash or credit cards and leather lining which is a luxurious touch. The stiff shell opens wider than you’d imagine, hinging along a bottom with a nifty accordion-like leather expansions on either side, offering comfortable access to its interior. This Plexi Sylvie is on the heavier side, which is to be expected with the full Plexiglas body.
The gold-toned metal Marina chain shoulder strap lends a sophisticated accent and offers a 22″ drop (it’s also detachable). The drop is enough to allow the bag to be carried crossbody, which is always a plus for hands-free use. The exterior gold-toned hardware really pops against the already shiny plexiglass and eye-catching, vibrant colors. The top handle offers a 3.1″ drop, and would make this bag a great evening option. Overall dimensions are 7.9″ wide x 6.1″ tall x 2.2″ deep.
The shiny materials stand out and turn this bag into a work of art, one that will have anyone who sees the bag talking. This bag is the embodiment of a statement piece, one that you may rarely grab from your closet, but when you do… you do so with purpose and conviction.
After all, fashion is supposed to be fun!