Why Your Handbag Collection Isn’t Complete Without an Iconic Bucket Bag

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Although time passes and trends evolve, the bucket bag is one of those tried and true silhouettes everyone reaches for.


This is precisely why your collection isn’t complete without one. How so? Well, before bucket bags became a thing, there were mundane pouches. These inspired what we now know to be the bucket bag today. A pouch that mimicked a little pocket that would often be disguised underneath lavish clothing has now become a bigger (and, of course, improved) accessory serving both unforgettable looks and unbeatable function.

Regardless of the style, handbags serve as an extension of our personal taste and are fashionable tools for a more organized life. When it comes down to it, there is no silhouette quite like the bucket bag. The notable renditions of this silhouette over the years amongst various luxury brands are worth studying. On top of that, we curated some top bucket bag styles to inspire your growing collection. Read on.  

Louis Vuitton Noe

If you Noe, you Noe. The Louis Vuitton Noe bag is the OG of bucket bags that quickly rose to fame. Made in 1932 and designed by Gaston-Louis Vuitton to carry 5 bottles of champagne, this style is one of the original bags to be made for recreational purposes. It didn’t take long before this style evolved into an everyday stylish essential. In other words, due to its popularity, the Noe sort of became an ‘It’ bag purely by coincidence. 

At the time, there was only the Keepall in the line of Louis Vuitton’s portfolio of handbags. With the addition of the Noe, things started to look up. The name stems from the French translation, “Noah” and pays tribute to the story of Noah’s Arc when Noah returns after the great flood to become the world’s first winemaker – hence, its perfectly reasonable to conceptualize a bag with the capability to carry alcohol and name it after this well-known biblical figure. 

Today, we have everything from as small as the Noe Purse to as lovable as the Neonoe. Of course, let’s not forget the latest revamped Nano Noe that features a Vachetta base and comes with a detachable strap. It’s safe to say the Noe line is simply iconic. And what better bag to take along with you on your next wine tasting adventure than the Noe bag? Discover this style in Louis Vuitton’s classic monogram, as well as leather variations such as Epi and Empreinte, and other limited edition prints.  

Hermes Picotin 

The Hermes Picotin makes a sound addition to any collection. After all, it is a bucket bag at its finest. One that exudes the highest standards of luxury and elegance, and carries a rich history. The style could easily fall under the bucket/ basket family not just for its appearance but due to its equestrian roots. 

First introduced to the world in 2002, the Picotin was initially only available in size 18 (also known as the PM, or Petite Model). Throughout the years, with the growing popularity of the Picotin, Hermes introduced more sizes including 22, 26, and 31. Once upon a time, there was also a Micro Picotin that measured approximately 14cm, but it’s now discontinued. Looking for something in particular? Browse our collection of discontinued (but never forgotten) styles

The most popular Picotin sizes we see today are 18 and 22 (which is known as the MM, or the Medium Model). Our fabulous friend, Charles Gross, shares his wealth of knowledge on this style and why this slouchy bucket bag style is so popular. You can read more about the Picotin and other Hermes investment pieces, here.

Salvatore Ferragamo Cage Bag

For those who don’t know, Salvatore Ferragamo is an Italian luxury house founded in 1927 and based in Florence, Italy. The company consists of ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, small accessories, and watches. And lucky for you, this designer has been recently added to our designer directory! 

Did you know Salvatore Ferragamo himself established his design career first starting out as an Italian shoe designer? He was known for experimenting with different types of exotic leathers and found great success after moving to California. Coined the “shoemaker of the stars,” today Salvatore Ferragamo is synonymous with creativity, luxury, and beauty. Most notable are the Vara pump and the Cage heel. And it comes as no surprise that Salvatore Ferragamo would eventually release a bucket bag iteration, called “cage bag” of course. 

Fendi Mon Tresor Bucket Bag

From the Baguette to the Peekaboo, Fendi owns a portfolio of ‘It’ bags. But the ultimate treasure if you will, is the Mon Tresor bucket bag, which translates to  “my treasure” in French. This style is an absolute gem and is up there in icon status. Introduced for the brand’s Resort 2018 collection, the Mon Tresor bag is a must-have for spring. The Mini size comes with not one but two removable straps for ultimate versatility. Both the Small and the Mini can be styled as a crossbody or casually over the shoulder and come in a variety of textiles such as leather, canvas, and TPU

All in all, a bucket bag belongs in every wardrobe. Shop our collection of bucket bags at FASHIONPHILE!
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