It’s no secret that vintage-inspired bags and full on revivals are some of the hottest bags on the market right now. Nearly every major designer has dipped into its archives to bring back iconic House styles with a modern flair. Arguably no one has done this as well as Alessandro Michele at Gucci.

Michele recently celebrated his 6th anniversary at Gucci, and his time as creative director has resulted in Gucci becoming one of the most sought-after brands in the handbag world with the release of hit after handbag hit. Michele has looked to Gucci’s storied history time and time again for inspiration, and it is evident looking at his work time and time again. Two of Michele’s biggest handbag hits so far have been full-on re-editions of former icons.

Both the Gucci Jackie and the Gucci Diana are named after stylish cultural icons in history. The Jackie, after the late Jackie Kennedy, and the Diana after the late Princess Diana. With such storied histories it’s impossible not to put these two in the ring for a face off. May the best bag win.

The Bags

The Jackie bag was originally created in 1961, hence why the re-edition is called the Jackie 1961, and it was re-released last summer. From its debut, the Jackie 1961 became highly sought-after once again, and like the original it has been carried by many fashion muses like actresses, models, and influencers alike.

The style itself is part shoulder bag, part hobo, keeping the silhouette and shape of the original but reimagined with a modern and contemporary twist. The bag is defined by its signature curved shape and classic hardware, bearing an almost identical resemblance to the original. It comes in many variations including multiples sizes and materials like leather, fabric and exotics.

Gucci Jackie 1961

As for the Diana, it bears a striking resemblance to the original as well, with the bag’s ionic bamboo straps once again being focal point on the re-edition. The original, which dates back to 1991, bears the same tote shape and storied bamboo handles, though there are some noticeable differences to the 2021 version.

The new Diana is available in a few different sizes, and colors range from neutral to pop colors like pink, green and blue. The most noticeable difference, and the detail that really modernizes the bag, is the removable, neon leather belt straps that are shown around the bamboo handles. The leather straps are an ode to the functional bands that helped the original bag maintain its handle’s shape.

Gucci Small Diana Bag

This or That?

Each bag is classic in its own right, yet starkly different when comparing each bag’s overall shape and details. Yet, we can’t help but compare the two thank thanks to the iconic backstories and fan-following. Either one is a beautiful choice and a great way to hop on the archival revival train.

Which bag gets your vote and why?

You can shop the full Diana and Jackie assortments via Gucci.

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thefashionableteacher
thefashionableteacher
10 months ago

I would lean more towards the Diana because it fits more. I have a Jackie bag that I never got rid of would be a factor as well as I’ve never repeated bags.

Diana
Diana
10 months ago

Got the Diana bag in green. It holds all the things and has cute neon handle straps. More fun than the Jackie bag and I need more fun in my life lol.

Hayley
Hayley
10 months ago

Love my small Gucci Diana. I think it’s way more practical/fun than the Jackie.

Sandy
Sandy
10 months ago

This is a difficult one, I really like both! I guess if I had to pick it would be the Diana. I know many are taken back by the neon handle covers but I love it! I think it takes a traditional bag and modernizes it! Plus you can remove them.

Jessica
Jessica
10 months ago

My husband gave me the large, white Diana and I love it. It looks polished in a professional context and holds up its shape. However it is more a day bag. The Jackie to me looks more like bag for running errands or for the evening.

Bambi
Bambi
10 months ago

I love the”Jackie” hands down!!

JasB
JasB
10 months ago

Gucci Jackie is my pick.

Tippy Lewis
Tippy Lewis
10 months ago

I would love to have the new Diana bag, so modern and also so vintage

Terri
Terri
10 months ago

Diana bag love the bamboo ?

Sandra Hohn
Sandra Hohn
10 months ago

I have “The Jackie” it’s a great bag for occasional use but for usefulness it’s “ The Diana”.
The “Diana” is the bag I’ll be purchasing next.

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