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A quick look at how the unassuming bucket bag came to be

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Which came first: the bucket bag, or Mansur Gavriel? These days, the two are synonymous with each other. After all, this young label’s cult bucket bag is so scarce, yet so high in demand that its Fall lineup sold out an hour within its release, and the resultant hysteria that ensued on social media revealed how some wait almost a year for their turn to finally lay hands on this urban legend.

Though bucket bags have popped up in the collections of fashion houses from Alexander Wang to Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent, no other brand has come close to Mansur Gavriel in being able to actualise such desirability for a seemingly understated accessory. But how did the bucket bag first came into the sartorial spotlight?

For starters, yes, bucket bags existed before Mansur Gavriel did! Around the advent of World War II, bucket bags found their 15 seconds of fame when women everywhere began toting wartime rations in these functional carriers.

Then in 1932, the first incarnation of the modern bucket bag was reintroduced by the world’s most famous malletier – Louis Vuitton. Christened the Noé, it was fashioned as an elegant carrier for bottles of bubbly for the French elite. Parisian women began using it as a handbag, and its status as an icon was cemented soon after.

The 1980s saw the reinvigoration of the trend when Fendi, Coach, Prada and the like began crafting their own renditions of the humble bucket bag. For a couple of decades, the popularity of the bag lay dormant, until Mansur Gavriel singlehandedly brought about its rennaissance again sometime in 2013.

The bucket bag is impossible to separate from its Bohemian roots, but its versatility is limitless! Dress it up with a pantsuit or pencil silhouette for office-appropriate refinement, or amp up Parisian vibes with an accordian pleated midi skirt and a wide brimmed hat.

For pared down weekend chic, work a sports luxe look with a bomber jacket layered over a sundress and sneakers, or pair a bucket bag with a relaxed tshirt and slip ons to get a hint of off-duty nonchalance. Models Alessandra Ambrosio, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid certainly know a thing or two about accessorising their casual getups with a bucket bag! If all else fails, simply pair it with a sundress and sandals, and the bucket bag’s luxe appeal with still hold its own.

With all the stylish possibilities, getting your hands on a Mansur Gavriel number might be hard – but styling your bucket bag to perfection definitely isn’t!

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