A Guide to Gucci Bamboo Bags

a flat lay image of a brown gucci diana bamboo tote and a tri-color gucci dionysus bamboo bag in the colors green, blue and red by FASHIONPHILE

When it comes to ultra-luxury, certain elements not only endure the test of time but transcend time to become emblematic of a brand’s identity.


In the world of Gucci, the bamboo has become a true paragon, weaving a narrative steeped in craftsmanship and innovation. The Gucci bamboo was born out of necessity. Today, these Gucci bamboo bags stand as a testament to Gucci’s commitment to artistry and celebrates the Italian fashion house’s enduring legacy. The following uncovers the rich history of this unique material and the varied styles of the Gucci bamboo collection that you can shop for at FASHIONPHILE.

History of the Gucci Bamboo

The genesis of Gucci bamboo traces back to the scarcity of post-war Italy in 1947, a period when leather was scarce, yet bamboo was plentiful. In this era of necessity, the handles on many Gucci bags transitioned from leather to bamboo, giving birth to a distinctive design born out of practicality (and, surely, beauty). Over time, this bamboo motif evolved into a symbol of luxury and creative expression for Gucci. Today, Gucci’s bamboo collection still adorns the world of fashion, gracing numerous Gucci bags and accessories. Each bamboo handle, meticulously crafted, follows the same patented method honed by expert artisans since 1947, showcasing Gucci’s unparalleled artistry and commitment to innovation. 

a flat lay image of a brown gucci diana bamboo tote and a tri-color gucci dionysus bamboo bag in the colors green, blue and red by FASHIONPHILE
Gucci Diana
Gucci Dionysus

Iconic Gucci Bamboo Bags

A number of iconic Gucci ‘It’ bags are available in a bamboo version. The bamboo handle is iconic, lightweight yet strong, and easy to carry. There are so many iterations of the Gucci bamboo handle throughout various iconic Gucci bags, but here are the ones we especially admire. 

The Gucci Bamboo 1947 Bag

This marks Gucci’s inaugural bamboo bag, rendering it exceptionally significant. Not only did it pave the way for future Gucci bamboo designs, but it also stands as a timeless classic still crafted today. Alessandro Michele reintroduced the bamboo element in the Aria collection, solidifying its importance in Gucci’s heritage. This revived bag, now named the Bamboo 1947 in homage to its origin year, is available in many sizes, colors, and materials. It has become a unisex style, embraced by everyone as a versatile and enduring fashion statement.

The Gucci Diana Bag

Introduced in 1991, the Gucci Diana bag with bamboo handles gained fame when Princess Diana made it her go-to accessory, pairing it effortlessly with her casual chic attire. This bag became synonymous with her style, earning it the name Gucci Diana. In 2021, to mark what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, reissued the Gucci Diana bag. This updated version comes in various sizes and colors, blending classic shades with vibrant hues for a stylish touch. The bag features neon leather straps embracing the bamboo handles and offers monogram options within the Gucci Diana collection (including a Diana Bamboo Bucket bag), adding a modern twist to its timeless design.

The Gucci Bamboo Dionysus

Launched in 2015, the Dionysus bag exudes an irresistible charm, capturing the essence of contemporary Greek chic within Gucci’s repertoire. This creation marked Alessandro Michele’s initial foray into bag design for the brand. The distinctive U-shaped snake hardware, now a signature element, adds a touch of allure. Drawing inspiration from Greek mythology, the bag is named after Dionysus, the god of agriculture and wine. Much like the revered deity, the Dionysus bag has garnered widespread adoration. Its incorporation of a bamboo top handle seamlessly merges two iconic symbols of the Italian fashion house, fusing historical significance with modern elegance.

The Gucci bamboo has transcended time, becoming an iconic brand symbol for the Italian fashion house. These are just a few of the many iconic Gucci bags featuring the bamboo top handle. You can shop countless Gucci styles not mentioned here, such as the Gucci Bamboo backpack, Shopper tote, Padlock Bamboo Shoulder Bag, Globe-Trotter, and even pieces from the iconic Gucci Marmont collection feature variations with the Gucci bamboo top handle. It really goes to say that this design signature can adapt to any Gucci style.