If bags were Chinese zodiacs, 2017 would officially be the year of the bucket bag. Not to nitpick, but there’s something highly unglamorous about that name, don’t you think? I mean, how often do you put anything precious or beloved in a bucket?
Unappealing name aside, I am fond of the bucket bag. It’s cute, roomy and versatile. I also like that different labels have come up with their own look, which is a nice departure from the early noughties trend where one ‘it’ bag ruled every other for the year (think the Chloe Paddington, Balenciaga Motorcycle or the Alexander Wang ‘Rockie’). Now, we’re more inclined to obsess over the ‘it’ style and currently, it’s all about the bucket.
Here are my top 5 picks across a range of price-points.
1) MANSUR GAVRIEL BUCKET BAG
I know I said I’m glad we’re no longer hanging on to ‘it’ bags, but this is the undisputed queen of bucket bags. With minimal stitching, sensuously smooth leather and incredible structure, Mansur Gavriel’s bucket bag is simple yet chic in the Frenchest way possible. It also comes with a fairly French price tag.
Price: AUD 716
2) SIMON MILLER BONSAI BUCKET BAG
Capitalising on this season’s proclivity for thick lustrous gold and bold circles, Simon Miller’s Bonsai Bucket Bag is pure luxury. Made in Italy from soft black nubuck, this is the bag to get if you are really committed to the bucket bag trend and want everyone to drool over your arm candy.
Price: AUD 472.59
3) STAUD CABANA BAG
A cleverly structured canvas bag with a drawstring top, the Cabana Bag is a winner in my book. On a sidenote, Staud is my newest brand obsession. Vintage-inspired, Staud is an LA-based brand that’s become a favourite with the likes of Alexa Chung and the Man Repeller herself.
Price: AUD 376.64
4) THE DAILY EDITED BUCKET BAG
I adore the youthful, girly design of this bucket bag and its suede interior. Although it comes in multiple colours, I think this peony model is the killer.
Price: AUD 249.95
5) NAIN CYLINDER BOW-KNOT TWO-WAY BAG
With its sturdy material and warm colour, this bag has me yearning for a winter picnic. By the way, NAIN is now my go-to high street label. In Seoul, they’ve gone from strength to strength, so here’s hoping they’ll make it over to our shores here in Australia.
Price: AUD 64.87
So, those are my top picks but they’re just a drop in the bucket. Sorry, I couldn’t resist the dad pun!
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