10 rare vintage Gucci handbags to invest in now and love forever

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At a time when sustainable fashion has never been more important, the growing consumer interest in buying vintage is no surprise. Couple that with the fact that the 90s and 2000s revivals are in full swing and it’s obvious everyone is rushing to buy a throwback bag.

Investing in a beloved designer handbag not only gives you access to an iconic slice of fashion history that you can pass down through generations, but it’s an investment that, if you choose to reselling it, 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 is known for its craftsmanship and designs that last far beyond fleeting trends.

Originally created by Guccio Gucci in 1921 as a leather goods brand, its bags remain its most famous item today. In 1947, Gucci had created its fashion-defining bamboo handle bag and countless iconic designs followed suit, such as the Horsebit bags from 1955 and the Jackie from 1961 which has been reinvented over the years many times under the direction of creative directors Tom Ford, Frida Giannini and Alessandro Michele.

From practical totes to breathtakingly embellished evening bags, we’ve searched below for rare vintage Gucci bags to invest in now and love forever. Which are you going to repatriate?

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2010s: Dionysos shoulder bag

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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, it’s just an iteration of the now classic Gucci bag.

1995: Crocodile bamboo bag

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Designed as part of Tom Ford’s first collection for Gucci in 1995, this crocodile handbag is a designer’s dream. Featuring a signature Gucci bamboo handle and an elegant yet refined look, it’s a true collector’s item that you can use for decades.

1990s: Lady Lock 2-way bag

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£1,990.00

As classic as it gets, this brown ostrich leather bag features a signature padlock and can be held or worn over the shoulder. It’s a style you can wear to work, to lunch, to events, or to weddings.

2010s: Guccissima Queen hobo bag

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£368.36

Crafted in Guccissima leather, this mid-size hobo style features an oversized bow buckle and single strap. This is the bag for you if you want to introduce some nostalgic bling into your wardrobe.

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A minimalist design with a bamboo accent, this 2010s bag is simple yet packs a punch with its lipstick color. It’s perfect for everyday dressing, whether you’re heading to the office or running errands on the weekend.

2004: Dragon bag with sequin fringes

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Dating back to 2004, this rare Gucci bag is a must-have with its sequined body, dragon closure and bead detailing. This is the evening bag to put an end to all evening bags.

2010s: Leopard Print Sylvie Shoulder Bag

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Another design from the 2010s, this on-trend shoulder bag is crafted from calf leather and features signature stripes, an oversized engraved buckle and chain detail. If you’re a leopard print lover, don’t let it get away.

1999: Jackie flower print bag

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Back to 1999 and this floral Tom Ford iteration of the classic 1961 Jackie bag. Previously called Fifties Constance, Gucci introduced the style in the 1960s when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was photographed wearing it and it has since become one of the models the most emblematic of the brand.

2010s: Interlaced 2-Way G Bag

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Featuring the instantly recognizable interlocking GG logo, this classic handbag can be held or worn with a chain strap. If you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe, this isn’t an investment you’ll regret.

1990s: Shelly Line GG tote bag

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No Gucci handbag lust list is complete without a classic GG monogram entry. Dating from the 1990s, it is made of canvas and leather. A tricolor striped strap and embellished hardware complete the vintage design.

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