The supple yet durable Chablis calf leather is finished almost entirely by hand, from the initial daubing with aniline and wax, through to the final polishing with a soft cloth. The penultimate polishing phase happens in a tumbler, into which bags are inserted one at a time along with shearling skins to protect the leather.
The inside of the bag is suede, which is the underside of the hide (the leather is the topside). In this bag, a separate piece of suede has been attached as the lining for a luxurious finish.
A single, expert craftsman works on each bag from start to finish. All Gucci leather goods are handmade in Italy - most still in Tuscany, near where the brand was founded 90 years ago - and leatherworking skills are passed down through families in the region.
Since the leather is stained entirely by hand, giving a lightly-worn vintage look, the finish of each bag is slightly unique, adding character and ensuring that no two bags are exactly alike. After the colouring process, the lining and metal elements are attached by hand.
The basket weave
The basket weave handles and the woven detail around the bottom of the bag not only add style, but also ensure greater durability and strength. The hand weaving of the leather is characteristic of Gucci's immaculate attention to detail.
The bag fastens with a hook closure, and contains three pockets. The iconic double G Gucci logo is in metal, attached near the top of the bag, along with a leather luggage tag. Small feet are placed on the bottom of the bag to help preserve the leather.
that represents timeless luxury, craftsmanship and fine detailing. The openwork basket weaves
in leather perfectly reflect these values and
also provide for a 'gypsy deluxe' feel for
the modern globetrotter."
creative director, Gucci
Founded in Florence, Italy, in 1921, Gucci has gone on to become a fashion powerhouse, internationally renowned for its clothes, shoes, accessories and, above all, its bags. Today, the brand is larger and better known than its founder, Mr Guccio Gucci, could possibly have imagined when he opened his small luggage atelier 90 years ago. Little has changed since then, thanks to the impeccable quality and 'made in Italy' craftsmanship which has made Gucci the brand of choice from the outset for the Florentine aristocracy and the international jet-set. Here we look behind the brand to see what makes a Gucci bag such a good investment.