At a time when sustainable fashion has never been so important, the rise of consumer interest in buying vintage comes as no surprise. Pair that with the fact that the Nineties and Noughties revivals are in full swing and it’s a no brainer that everyone is rushing to purchase a throwback bag.
Investing in a pre-loved designer handbag not only allows you access to an iconic slice of fashion history that you can pass down through generations, but it's an investment that, should you choose to re-sell, will in most cases retain its value if not exceed it.
One of the most popular brands on the vintage handbag circuit is, unsurprisingly, Gucci. As one of the most renowned and luxurious fashion houses in the world, it's known for craftsmanship and designs that last well beyond fleeting trends.
Originally started by Guccio Gucci in 1921 as a leather goods brand, today its bags remain its most celebrated item. By 1947 Gucci had made its fashion-defining bamboo handled bag and countless iconic designs followed suit like the 1955 Horsebit bags and the 1961 Jackie which has been reimagined over the years multiple times under creative directors Tom Ford, Frida Giannini and Alessandro Michele.
From practical totes to jaw-dropping embellished evening bags, below we’ve searched out rare vintage Gucci bags to invest in now and love forever. Which will you rehome?
Named after Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, fertility and ecstasy, this iconic style is marked by its signature tiger head closure. Created by current Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, who was promoted to the role in 2015, this is just one iteration of the now classic Gucci bag.
Designed as part of Tom Ford's debut collection for Gucci in 1995, this crocodile handbag is the stuff of designer dreams. Featuring a signature Gucci bamboo handle and a sleek yet refined look, it's a true collectors item that you'll be able to use for decades to come.
As classic as they come, this brown ostridge leather bag features a signature lady lock and can be held or worn over the shoulder. It's a style that you can wear to work, lunch parties, events or weddings.
Crafted from Guccissima leather, this medium sized hobo design features an oversized bow buckle and single strap. It's the bag for you if you want to introduce a little nostalgic bling to your wardrobe.
A minimalist design with a bamboo accent, this bag from the 2010s is simple yet packs a punch with its lipstick red colouring. This is perfect for everyday dressing whether you're heading to the office or running errands at the weekend.
Dating back to 2004, this rare Gucci bag is a total showstopper with its sequin body, dragon fastening and beaded detailing. It is the evening bag to end all evening bags.
Another 2010s design, this statement shoulder bag is made from calf skin and features trademark stripes, an oversized engraved buckle and chain detailing. If you're a leopard print lover, don't let it get away.
Throwing it back to 1999 and this Tom Ford floral iteration of the 1961 classic Jackie bag. Previously called the Fifties Constance, Gucci introduced the style during the 1960s when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was photographed wearing it and it's since become one of the brand's most iconic designs.
Featuring the instantly recognisable interlocking GG logo, this classic handbag can be held or worn with a chain shoulder strap. If you're looking to smarten up your wardrobe, this is not an investment you'll regret.
No Gucci handbag lust list is complete without a classic GG monogram entry. Dating back to the 1990s, it's made from canvas and leather. A tricolour striped strap and embellished hardware finishes off the vintage design.