Bucket List

The original bucket bag, designed by Gaston-Louis Vuitton in 1932 for the express purpose of holding five bottles of champagne. Who can argue with that?

The original bucket bag, designed by Gaston-Louis Vuitton in 1932 for the express purpose of holding five bottles of champagne. Who can argue with that?

I love a classic structured tote or satchel for iconic style and workday functionality, but between this season’s softer, slouchier clothing silhouettes and a mostly casual lifestyle, those more structured bags can feel just a bit too uptight for weekend or off-duty wear. I’ve been on the lookout for a “down-time” bag that’s stylish but easygoing, iconic in its own way but still modern.

Right now bucket bags are enjoying a bit of a resurgence and this style has piqued my interest by seeming to strike that delicate balance between nonchalance and practicality.

Here are twelve bucket bags worth a second look (click on arrows to scroll):

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  1. SusanG
    May 27, 2014 / 3:56 am

    I remember this type of bag from the early Seventies. Mine was black faux leather, with a round bottom and drawstring top. I carried that bag everywhere!

    • May 27, 2014 / 4:41 am

      If you ask me (but you don’t 🙂 but I tell you anyway) I would have chosen nr 10 the Halston Heritage Bucket bag for you.
      I think it is a great colour for summer . The combination , beige with the cognac leather , makes that it shall look great on you. Young and dynamic. Just like you are.


  2. May 27, 2014 / 5:30 am

    I find these bags so difficult to open/close and so difficult to navigate once open. But their chic is undeniable.

  3. May 27, 2014 / 6:30 am

    I love my old Coach bucket bag, and looked for a new one, but found the hobo style to offer the same comfort with a little more convenience. If I carried more than one bag, however, I might go for something like that Camuto.

  4. Marguerite
    May 27, 2014 / 6:43 am

    Ahh, the Bucket, a true blast from the past. Undeniably cute, but these days I require a sleeker, easier opening bag. I still have one bucket in natural leather that can also be worn as a backpack of sorts. Nice selection you’ve put together!

  5. stylecrone
    May 27, 2014 / 6:58 am

    I have a vintage bucket bag that will soon have an outing, inspired by this post. However, I think it’s too small to carry champagne. What a shame!

  6. Ruth Slavid
    May 27, 2014 / 9:01 am

    You would need a hefty strap and a strong shoulder to carry five bottles of champagne! I doubt that any of your contemporary selections could do it.

  7. Cathy
    May 27, 2014 / 11:53 am

    I have one I got a couple of years ago from Brahmin, would be right in style now, but using it is like putting things in a bottomless pit. I have a hard time finding my phone, reading glasses, etc. As a result, I don’t use it very often.

  8. May 27, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    So that’s what they’re called. Designed to hold champagne? Bwa-ha-ha. Great idea. I would like to see one designed to hold a baguette. I really like the design of these bags and admire them from afar.

  9. Susan
    May 29, 2014 / 2:45 am

    I have a Louis Vuitton black epi leather bucket wilting away in my cupboard. Thanks to your post it will get a dusting off and good to go.

  10. nofearoffashion
    June 2, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    They are very cute but I can never find anything in them.

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