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The bamboo-handled bag was developed in a Gucci backroom in Florence in 1947 by craftsmen who were charged to muster all their powers of innovation to think their way around war-time shortages – yet still make objects that met the Gucci standards of desirable exclusivity. Shoots of Bamboo which could still be imported from Japan, were softened by a flame and curved into a distinctive ‘u’ shape. Once it was articulated and attached to the bag by four metal loops (using the least amount of the precious commodity possible, in the on-site forge), the bamboo handle instantly became a piece of design history.

Over the decades, the bamboo went beyond its origins as a pragmatic solution and became a device used on generations of new bag shapes, gradually transforming itself into a Gucci visual code. Bamboo-inspired patterning has featured on a variety of products – from umbrella handles to headscarves, watchstraps and jewellery, and has even been carved cleverly into a pair of golden stiletto heels. Frida Giannini has even reinvented the iconic original handbag with her own ultra modern version, “The New Bamboo”.

Along with the horsebit, the green-red-green web stripe, the diamante and flora patterns and the GG – the bamboo is a Gucci icon and part of the House’s incredible heritage that proves savvy design will never be out of style.

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free express shipping will be offered for online orders placed between december 5, 2014 and december 31, 2014 to destinations within canada. this offer will only be applicable to purchases made on the canadian website, is non-transferable, and is not valid on orders placed before december 5, 2014.

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orders placed by noon est december 22nd are expected to be delivered by december 24th.

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all orders come with complimentary gift wrap. products are tissue wrapped and enclosed in a signature gucci gift box that is tied with a gucci satin ribbon. gucci gift boxes are only available for products 18" x 18" x 8" and smaller. for larger items, we will include a signature gucci gift bag with your shipment. a personalised gift message can be added to gift orders and prices can be excluded from the order invoice when completing the online checkout at

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