THE MAK­ING OF THE NEW BAM­BOO BAG

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The bam­boo root is curved into shape over a flame First cre­ated in 1947, the iconic Bam­boo bag was rein­tro­duced in 2010 with the New Bam­boo bag. Loved in the past by the likes of Vanessa Red­grave and Diana, Princess of Wales, the Bam­boo bag and all its mod­ern it­er­a­tions has since been spotted on the arms of Ash­ley Greene, Florence Welch, Rosie Hunt­ing­ton-White­ley, and Naomi Watts. The curved han­dle and turn-lock clo­sures are key fea­tures of this so­phis­ti­cated ac­ces­sory, made up of 130 sep­a­rate pieces and re­quir­ing up to two days of work by Gucci’s skilled ar­ti­sans. Here’s a play-by-play of how per­fec­tion is crafted. The body of the bag is made on a wooden cast

Buds are re­moved from the bam­boo root

Us­ing an air­brush, the ar­ti­sans coat the leather with colour

New Bam­boo bag, Gucci

A Gucci ad from the ’60s

Checks are per­formed af­ter dye­ing and dry­ing to main­tain the high­est qual­ity

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