From its colossal spectrum of iconic creations, handbags have been closely etched to Gucci’s fame. With an unwavering history of designing handbags for more than 70 years, the Maison’s forte is about acclimatizing to contemporary trends while holding on to its archival codes. So for our Bag of the Week series, we picked the Gucci Jackie 1961 shoulder bag — a design that illustrates a tale of mastery.
Jackie: A Bag That Transcended Time and Trends
Initially named the Fifties Constance, the Jackie bag only came under the limelight when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady of the United States and a fashion icon of her time, was spotted carrying the Gucci Jackie bag on multiple occasions. Eventually, the bag became synonymous with her and was cleped Jackie. Even esteemed male personalities like Samuel Beckett and Peter Sellers could not help but get their hands on the Jackie hobo. Many years later, in 1999, Tom Ford created a rendition of the already famous style with a much sleeker piston lock to suit the early 2000s era. Almost a decade later, Frida Giannini, then creative director of Gucci, presented her interpretation known as the New Jackie with tassels and the signature bamboo hardware for a boho finish. As the Jackie world kept augmenting, the style was construed in profuse colors, materials, and iterations such as wallets, bucket bags, clutches, etc.
A Redux: The Gucci Jackie 1961 Shoulder Bag
Creative director Alessandro Michele is a maestro when it comes to blending modern elements with heritage House codes. Michele unites the old with the new like none other, whether it is the two-tone GG Marmont bag, the recently evolved Gucci Diana bag, or the Gucci Jackie 1961.
The Gucci Jackie 1961 bag was first seen on the Autumn/Winter 2020 runway. While retaining the single handle and the piston lock, a new life has been breathed into the bag with sleek lines and a minimalistic shape augmented by a crescented base. In addition, the renewed style charms us with a silhouette so androgynous that it instantiates Michele’s gender-fluid and inclusive ethos. Harry Styles and Sienna Miller effortlessly donned the Gucci Jackie 1961 shoulder bag to The Beloved Show — a digital campaign by the label featuring the Gucci Horsebit 1955 shoulder bag, GG Marmont, and the Dionysus. Available in neutral tones, pastel palettes, deep hues, and the GG canvas, the protean style comes in three sizes — small, medium, and mini.
We have ticked two major fashion trends with this pick — the mini bag and the revival of old classics. This Gucci Jackie 1961 shoulder bag is defined by neat stitches and a smooth finish and is a tell-all of Italian craftsmanship. Crafted by hand using leather, it is free of the well-known monogram and is still instantly recognizable. The handbag has a softly curvaceous base that summits with the adjustable handle at the top, adding to the roundness of the silhouette. On the front, the gold-tone piston lock glistens over the black background and opens into a well-sized Alcantara interior for your little essentials. Winning our hearts with its simplicity, the Gucci Jackie 1961 is not only timeless in appeal but is an ageless style that continues to delight and entice us with its beauty and history.
Lookbook For Him: Street Style with Gucci Jackie 1961
Lookbook For Her: Casual Chic with Gucci Jackie 1961
Head to The Luxury Closet’s extensive collection of new and pre-owned designer handbags and pick your favorite Gucci Jackie 1961 shoulder bag or other classics like Sylvie, Queen Margaret, Emily, Ophidia, and much more.