Vintage 1960s Gucci Iconic Bamboo Handle Handbag Purse Black Patent Leather 0633
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
This is an authentic vintage 1960s era Gucci handbag purse made with the iconic burnished bamboo handle. Aldo Gucci based his bamboo handle design on a bag that he had found in London. It was introduced in 1947, and was a solution to the scarcity of leather in post-WWII Europe. This bag is known as the 0633 model, produced by Gucci for many years - this one is stamped with the “Made in Italy by Gucci” stamping used through the 50s until the mid-70s. The bamboo handle was made by heating the bamboo and shaping it by hand, so a labour intensive process. I’ve seen this bag being offered in leather, but I haven’t found one in patent leather, which makes this a special bag. It is made with a purple leather interior and has a snap-down side pocket and a zippered side pocket in addition to its centre compartment. Unfortunately, the zipper pull is detached from the zipper on the interior pocket - I still have the pull but it would have to be put back on track. I assume that a specialist would be able to do this. Aside from that, there is a light scratch in the patent leather to the lower left front, visible in the photos, really minor, and easily disguised with a bit of petroleum jelly or perhaps eliminated somehow by a leather specialist. Aside from this, the bag looks to have seen very little use - no other signs of wear. The purse closes with a swivel Bamboo peg and has gold toned hardware. It measures 10 1/2” in width at its widest, 3 1/4” in depth at the bottom, unfilled with contents (it should expand) and 6 1/2” in height, exclusive of its handle. The handle has a fall of 4 1/2”.
This purse has been owned and used by many celebrities - I think that Naomi Watts may be using a vintage black patent like this one in a photo that I saw. They recently re-issued a version of the model 0633, but the quality is not like the vintage ones.
This is iconic Gucci - excellent quality, sure to be noticed!