By: Malcolm Mayhew
The indisputable IT bag of the year goes to the bucket bag. This classic silhouette inspired from Grandma's reticule or a sailor's duffle has evolved through the times since its inception in the 1900s. Louis Vuitton created the Noe bucket bag in the 1930s after a request from a champagne producer to transport five bottles of the bubbly. The 1980s were epic for bucket bags, and they were in every color, shape and form. Here we are again, decades later, with an uprising of this classic and chic bag.
Without ado, let me share my top five bucket bags for the season...
ONE // STREET LEVEL BUCKET BAG // Let's hear it for the bucket bags under $50! Black never goes out of style, and this classic vegan bucket bag will get you through the season and more without breaking the bank. Suede for spring? Yes, and this suede bucket bag can keep you looking chic in black or white.
TWO // ELIZABETH AND JAMES CYNNIE QUILTED BAG // I love it when an item is convertible. Think two bags in one. Elizabeth and James has your answer to the shoulder/cross-body/top-handle bucket bag or backpack/top-handle bucket bag. Hooray for hands-free!
THREE // MANSUR GAVRIEL BUCKET BAG IN CAMMELLO & DOLLY // The IT bucket bag is synonymous with the young and coveted brand Mansur Gavriel. Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel shared a love for clean lines, natural textures and pops of colors. After exchanging emails for their vision, the brand was born in 2012. Want to know the best part? Take a peek inside the bag, and you'll be in for a treat. They're known for the pop of color on the interior of the bag. I'm leaving you with a list of stockists because they're fast movers. Mansur Gavriel can be found at Bergdorf Goodman, Forward by Elyse Walker, Matches Fashion, M'oda Operandi, Opening Ceremony, and Steven Alan.
FIVE // REBECCA MINKOFF LEXI BAG // You had me at hardware. Rebecca Minkoff nails it again with the new mini Lexi bucket bag. The leather and chain shoulder strap elevate the bag with a certain je ne sais quoi. You'll be office or weekend ready with this bag.
Are you crossing the bucket bag off your list? Which one is your favorite?
By: Malcolm Mayhew