The revival of the 1955 Gucci Horsebit handbag

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Recent years have seen a resurgence of iconic, archival designs from luxury fashion houses and the Gucci Horsebit handbag is one of them. Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele took a trip down memory lane to bring this handbag to life, first released as part of a collection in 1955.

A short story

The 1950s saw a wide range of products and movements in the business for Gucci, and the period has often been referred to as a golden age. The brand and its products became a household name in the fashion world, popular among the affluent elite and especially those who loved to travel. The label became synonymous with wealth and style and part of that was the much-loved release of the Horesbit collections.

Behind the name hides an ode to the equestrian world. The designs featured a double ring and helm, based on the style and shape of equestrian tools.

Today, Alessandro Michele has reinvented the original design in a collection of Gucci Horsebit handbags, each meticulously crafted for various occasions and styles.

The original Horsebit bag was released in 1955 | Source: Handbag Blog

In the street

A number of celebrities have adorned the archival classic over the years, often slung over their shoulders as a centerpiece.

Tina Leung in New York wearing the GG Supreme Gucci 1955 Horsebit shoulder bag | Source: Instagram
Charlotte Groeneveld out and about in New York wearing the Horsebit 1955 shoulder bag in brown leather | Source: Instagram
Xenia Adonts and her black Gucci horsebit 1955 1955 | Source: Instagram

Gucci Horsebit 1955 shoulder bag

Seen here in black textured-leather, this revival retains the Horsebit detailing and vintage effect of its original design. The bag contains a small pocket with two button covers, three gussets with a zipper and an open pocket. The shoulder strap can be adjusted to the desired length.

Gucci Horsebit 1955 shoulder bag CA$4,410.00 | Source: Gucci

Gucci Horsebit Bag in Supreme Brown

Crafted in Supreme Brown with ornate Gucci logo, this variation is a vintage take on the Horsebit bag. Adorn this piece with a neutral color palette and heeled boots to channel your inner stylish equestrian rider.

Gucci Horsebit 1955 shoulder bag $3,715 | Source: Gucci

Gucci bit bag with red lining

Add a splash of color to your look with this variation which includes red leather trim. The beige/ebony GG Supreme canvas is made from a material with low environmental impact, which means you don’t have to feel guilty about your last purchase. This red leather trim would perfectly complement a look with a darker palette that features a pop of red in your clothes.

Gucci Horsebit 1955 shoulder bag $3,715 | Source: Gucci

Gucci Horsebit Bag in Beige Leather

Crafted in gorgeous tan leather and microfiber lining with a suede finish, this variation maintains its heritage while bringing a new angle of classic elegance. Adorn this bag on the way to tea, a day in the sun or a picnic with friends. This tan leather variant is the perfect fusion of old-world charm and modern glamour.

Gucci Horsebit 1955 shoulder bag $4,410 | Source: Gucci

If you have your Gucci Horsebit handbag handy, the next thing you’ll want to do is put together the perfect outfit to complement your bag. After all, your outfits aren’t finished yet.

Gucci floral cotton dress

Blending bohemian style with classic design, this floral cotton dress. Adorned with ruffles, lace trims and trumpet sleeves, this dress is an avant-garde summer piece, perfectly matching the Horsebit bag.

Gucci Floral Cotton Chiffon Maxi Dress $5,000 | Source: Gucci

Gianvito Rossi ankle boots

This Dylan Pointed Toe Leather Ankle Boot is a classic look and the perfect complement to an equestrian aesthetic. Made with the finest leather insole and a pointed toe, these boots are also the ultimate in comfort.

Pointed leather ankle boots Gianvito Rossi Dylan

If you are now about to buy your very own Horsebit bag, find out how to authenticate Gucci handbags.

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