Founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921, Gucci is now one of the most successful manufacturers of high-end leather goods, clothing, and other fashion products around the world. Our collection of vintage Gucci handbags showcases the designer’s expertly crafted, top-quality pieces, which withstand the test of time.
Gucci set up his fashion house in the Italian city after working as an immigrant hotel worker in Paris and London. He became fascinated and inspired by the lavish luggage he witnessed the upper-class guests travelling with. The store initially sold leather bags to horsemen but soon formed a reputation among the elite for using top quality tradesmen.
The Italian luxury fashion company later expanded and new stores were set up in Milan and Rome. The lavish shops featured finely crafted leather accessories, such as handbags, shoes, silks and knitwear.
During the War, Gucci began making his bags out of a cotton canvas rather than leather due to a shortage of materials. The canvas distinguished the designer’s signature double-G symbol combined with prominent red and green bands. In the years that followed World War II leather production resumed with the introduction of pigskin and the trademark bamboo handled bag was created.
By 1953, the fashion empire set up offices in New York City. The brand was becoming bigger thanks to the likes of top celebrities and movie stars wearing Gucci bags, clothes and accessories for top magazines around the world. In the late 1960s, the former U.S first lady Jacqueline Kennedy helped popularize a Gucci handbag that featured a long strap, allowing it to be carried over the shoulder. It went onto become known as the Jackie O.
In the years that followed the designer’s death the Gucci brand has been revamped under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele.
Many of our very own used Gucci bags here at Open for Vintage reflect the designer’s creativity, timeless designs and meticulous craftsmanship. Gucci handbags are a worthy investment for any fashion goer wanting to own a piece of history. The popularity of vintage Gucci bags, are in-demand once again.