First it was bucket hats, now it’s bucket bags. The handbag trend sprouting in 2020 further highlights the fashion worlds love for bucket shaped accessories. Bucket bags are a classic, and have been around for decades. The odd shaped handbag has a spacious fit with a drawstring enclosure that can add a youthful undertone to any sophisticated piece. Bucket bags are so far dominating women’s fashion and has evolved into more innovative versions prominent in high fashion and streetwear.
Bucket bags are usually crafted in various leather materials, and was first created by the french luxury brand Louis Vuitton which is famous for their durable luggage. Gaston-Louis Vuitton, who is the grandson of the founder of the brand, released the Noé bag in 1932 which is closest to the modern version of the bucket bag we see today. The Noé was originally made for the purpose of carrying five champagne bottles with sturdy protection to keep them for breaking. This was intended to fulfill the request of a client who was in the business of producing champagne.
In the 1940s, the bag started to popularize in women’s fashion as it was featured in multiple Vogue magazines. Throughout the decades, there was an expansion of luxury fashion brands that picked up on the trend adding their own twist to the handbag. In the 1980s, brands such as Fendi and Prada created bucket bags in bright toned colors crafting it in shiny patent leather which added a more lighthearted attitude to the bags. In the 1990s the trend continued to rage in women’s fashion where different brands further altered the bag’s style and shape. For example, designer Kenneth Cole created a slouchy version of the bucket bag in 1992.
By the early 2000s, bucket bags have slowly faded away from the women’s fashion scene, but has recently resurged in the last few years with 2020 being its peak. NYFW has debuted the handbag amongst multiple designer brands such as Oscar de la Renta who paired the bag with his bright Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Balmain also revived the trend with their Fall/Winter 2020 collection where they displayed oversized bucket bags to complement multiple layered looks on the runway. Celebrities such as Gigi Hadid and Gabrielle Union have also opted for the handbag into their streetwear further popularizing the trend.
Bucket bags are a roomy and playful trend that has impacted women’s high fashion and streetwear in 2020.