3/23/2015

Vintage Gucci Bamboo bag





My bag wish list has always been short, I'm not the person who wants a pile of designer bags everyone is wearing. I think the bad thing about fashion today is that people buy what they see someone else is wearing and not the things they would choose by themselves. Then the funny situations of seeing someone dress from head to toe like you happen. If you go and look at the photos from fashion weeks you'll see most of the people have the same stuff, in bag department it's usually Celine Trapeze, Celine Luggage tote, Proenza Schouler PS11 and so on. I don't like uniformity and think it's killing all the joy in fashion. Now, let's get back to the subject, like I said my wish list has always been short and Gucci Bamboo bag has been on it for a while. I've finally found the one in great condition and bought it. Of all the designer bags out there I think this one is among a few that have a very interesting story and history.
History of Gucci Bamboo bag starts in 1947. Right after the Second World war the supplies of materials like leather were still short. Bag manufacturers were struggling with this problem so creative heads at Gucci came up with an unique idea, to import bamboo from Japan and use it for bag handles. Bamboo is cheap, strong and light which makes it perfect for the task. It doesn't seem like you are saving much with just handles, but think on a greater scale, if you are producing a lot of bags it does make a difference. Gucci craftsmen developed a technique to heat and bend the bamboo canes into bag handles. This unique design was never seen before and gave the bag an exotic touch so it became very popular. During the 1950's and 1960's it was the model most of the big movie stars wore.
After the bag had it's peek it was forgotten for too long, until the time Tom Ford started working for Gucci in 1994. He saw the potential of this classic model and reinvented it in the shape of 90's Gucci bamboo tote, which is the bag I got and you can see it in the first two photos. In my opinion it's the prettiest of all bamboo models. Not too big, yet not small either. Also, while 1947. model might be too elegant for everyday wear, the 90's model is both classic and modern.
In 2010. Gucci creative director Frida Giannini recreated the old 1947. bamboo bag and also created a new model, modern Bamboo tote which they are still making today. 



Moja ''lista želja'' za torbe je uvek bila kratka, nisam neko ko želi brdo dizajniranih torbi koje svi nose. Mislim da je loša stvar u današnjoj modi to što svi kupuju ono što vide na nekom drugom, a ne stvari koje bi sami izabrali. Onda dolazi do smešnih situacija kada viditte nekoga ko je obučen od glave do pete kao vi. Ako odete da pogledate slike sa nedelja mode videćete da većina ljudi nose identične stvari, kada su torbe u pitanju tu su naravno Celine Trapeze, Celine Luggage torba, Proenza Schouler PS11 i tako dalje. Ja ne volim uniformisanost i smatram da ubija svu zabavu u modi. Da se vratim na temu, kao što sam rekla lista želja mi je oduvek bila kratka i Guči Bamboo torba je na njoj već neko vreme. Konačno sam našla ovu u sjajnom stanju i kupila je. Od svih dizajnerskih torbi mislim da je ova među malim brojem onih koje imaju jako zanimljivu priču i istoriju.
Istorija Guči Bamboo torbe počinje 1947. godine. Neposredno posle Drugog Svetskog rata zalihe materijala kao što je koža su i dalje bile male. Proizvođači torbi su se suočavali sa ovim problemom i kreativni ljudi u Gučiju su došli na jedinstvenu ideju, da uvezu bambus iz Japana i koriste ga za ručke na torbi. Bambus je jeftin, jak i lagan što ga čini savršenim materijalom za taj zadatak. Možda izgleda kao da se ne uštedi mnogo samo na ručkama, ali treba misliti o širem planu, ako se proizvodi dosta torbi itekako se uštedi na koži. Zanatlije u Gučiju su razvile tehniku zagrevanja i savijanja bambusa u ručke za torbe. Ovaj specifičan dizajn ranije nije bio viđen što je dalo torbi auru egzotike i učinilo je vrlo popularnom. Tokom pedesetih i šezdesetih godina 20. veka to je bio model koji su nosile velike filmske zvezde.
Posle vrhunca koji je torba tada doživela postaje zaboravljena dugi niz godina, sve dok Tom Ford nije počeo da radi za Guči 1994. godine. On je video potencijal ovog klasičnog modela i ponovo ga upotrebio u novom modelu Bamboo torbe iz devedesetih, što je torba koju ja imam i koju možete videti na prve dve fotografije. Po mom mišljenju to je najlepši od svih modela sa bambusom. Nije previše velika, ali nije ni premala. Takođe, dok je model iz 1947. elegantan za svaki dan, model iz devedesetih je klasičan ali i moderan.
Frida Đianini, kreativni direktor Gučija, je 2010. ponovo vratila u proizvodnju malo izmenjen model torbe iz 1947. godine ali i dizajnirala novi, modernu Bamboo torbu koja se proizvodi i danas.






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  1. Istina, kada gledam slike sa fashion week-a (bilo kog) svi su isto obučeni. Pre dve godine to su bili kenzo duksevi, sada Proenza torbe. Ne volim to, iako mi se sviđaju oba komada. Ali mislim da je za fashion week (bar tad) vreme da se pusti mašti na volju i da se oblači nešto drugačije, luđe, inovativno. =) Torba je divna i sviđa mi se priča =)

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    1. Hvala! :) Tako i ja, pojedinačno mi se svide komadi ali uniformisanost ne volim.

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