Gucci’s magnum opus are handbags that have been historically significant in the world of fashion. The Maison has been punctiliously creating each bag with acute attention to detail and genuine love for artisanship ever since the start. Our selection for Bag of the Week this time is another oeuvre d’art by the label—the Gucci Ophidia shoulder bag!
Ophidia: A True Homage to Gucci’s History of Craftsmanship
The Gucci Ophidia line was brought to us during the Cruise 2018 runway at the Pitti Palace in Florence. Incepted by Alessandro Michele, the Ophidia style, just like Dionysus reflects the creative director’s deep-rooted inclination for allegorical legends, folklore, and Greek mythology. Michele’s prowess to unite vintage codes from Gucci’s archives and place them on modern silhouettes is what gave birth to the Ophidia. The use of the signature Web stripe made in the 1950s and the GG logo from the 1960s representing the initials of the brand’s founder, Guccio Gucci, are some timeless motifs that make the collection a must-have for Gucci savants.
With every season, the Ophidia world keeps growing with new renditions. Each iteration is doused with Gucci’s cultural heritage and emerges as modern artwork. From backpacks to wallets, the Ophidia comes in a plethora of shapes, styles, and materials.
Truly an iconic handbag and an epitomization of the label’s history, the Gucci Ophidia shoulder bag congruously makes it to our top pick for the week. Handcrafted by Italian artisans using the instantly recognizable GG Supreme canvas into a small size, the exterior harmoniously blends the stars of the collection—the red and green Web stripe and the GG logo sculpted from gold-tone metal. The structured construction of the Gucci Ophidia shoulder bag is defined by the use of brown leather and contrasted by the curved bottom. The inside of the bag is well-protected with a silk lining compartmentalized into two parts and is equipped with an open patch pocket, all of which is secured with a magnetic top. Adding to the luxe aspect of the handbag, the slender chain strap can be draped over the shoulder or tucked inside to be nestled under the arm and carried as a clutch.
A masterpiece like the Gucci Ophidia shoulder bag is worth splurging on, meant to be flaunted, passed on to generations, or resold. According to The Luxury Closet (2021), the average re-sale of the Ophidia bags is 72%.
Loved by people of all ages and genders, Gucci is a brand that has constantly maintained its position as one of the most epochal fashion moguls in the luxury industry. With a history of making timeless styles that trace back to the past, Gucci presents a wide range of footwear, clothing, and accessories as well.