I always shop with the goal of creating a well rounded wardrobe and that sentiment extends to my handbag collection. Last summer, I realized that there was something missing. My collection was lacking a small handbag that could be worn cross body or over the shoulder allowing me to be hands free. Something that would be perfect for walking around New York City or for traveling. It did not take me long to find this very cute GUCCI 1973 Small Shoulder Bag.
GUCCI originally launched the 1973 collection with the Fall / Winter 2010 season. The very distinct double G logo was lifted from a handbag found in the company's archive dated from 1973. The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche hypothesized that with infinite time and a finite number of events, events will occur again and again infinitely. He referred to this as "eternal recurrence". We see this illustrated season after season when designers reference the work of their predecessors. The use of this vintage motif is a great example of how sometimes old can become modern and new.
Even though this bag was offered in several colors and fabrications, I opted for a classic pairing of black and gold. My 1973 features antique brass hardware, beige suede lining, and a textured leather called Cellarius. Measuring about 7 inches wide, it's just big enough to carry what you really need. The handbag is small, but certainly serves a purpose in my journey to build a collection that is both fashionable and functional.
PHOTO BY TJD