Do you know the story behind the original bucket bag? Back in 1932, Gaston-Louis Vuitton, the grandson of the legendary Louis Vuitton, designed a utilitarian bag – the Noé, which was supposed to serve as a carrier for champagne bottles. Apparently, back in the days, it was really difficult to carry a bottle of champagne without breaking it. What a fancy problem! So, who could solve it better than Gaston-Louis Vuitton!? The Fashion World’s first ever bucket bag, the Noé, could carry five bottles of champagne: four around the base and one in the middle when placed upside down. Once bottles were in, the drawstring closure cinched them together, thereby, not letting bottles rattle around and break. What a fabulous solution, right? The Noé bag immediately became a favorite among party people of the time.
So, the first ever bucket bag wasn’t originally intended as a woman’s bag… However, it has certainly evolved into one! Today, the Louis Vuitton Noé comes in a variety of sizes and iterations. Moreover, the iconic shape of the LV Noé has been an inspiration behind the bucket bags we love and wear today. We love bucket bags for their roomy structure and practicality. However, exactly in recent years is when the bucket bag trend has really taken off. Over the years, designers have reinvented the bucket bag. While still maintaining its iconic shape, today bucket bags come in the abundance of sizes and materials. Considering to add a bucket bag to your handbag collection? Keep scrolling to uncover the list of the best bucket bags to shop now.
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1. Mansur Gavriel Mini Leather Bucket Bag ($465)
The bag that we must give credit for the revival of the bucket bag trend is Mansur Gavriel’s Leather Bucket Bag. Back in 2013, the duo of designers, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, have introduced their brand, Mansur Gavriel, by launching the now iconic bucket bag. The Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag features a minimalistic, low-key design without screaming logo’s or labels. The bag is crafted from genuine Italian calf leather with a smooth, polished finish which looks and feels extremely luxurious. If you prefer low-key bags, this classic bucket bag style is for you!
2. Gucci Ophidia Small GG Bucket Bag ($1,790)
GG Supreme Canvas add a statement feel to the classic bucket bag shape. The Gucci Ophidia Small GG Bucket Bag features a structured base with the signature green and red Gucci Web stripe along the bottom of the bag, serving you the ultimate “vintage Gucci” vibe. The Gucci Ophidia Small GG Bucket Bag comes with a single top handle and a detachable shoulder strap, allowing you to wear the bag two different ways: as a shoulder bag or as a top handle. Versatility is always nice, indeed!
3. Gucci GG Marmont Mini Leather Bucket Bag ($975)
Gucci’s GG Marmont Collection; probably, one of the most successful Gucci Collections to date, is defined by the iconic Double G logo inspired by an archival emblem from the ’70s. The Gucci GG Marmont Mini Leather Bucket Bag is one of the latest additions to the Gucci Marmont Collection. Made in matelassé leather with a chevron motif and decorated with antique-gold hardware, this mini bucket bag looks and feels incredibly luxurious. Furthermore, the Gucci GG Marmont Mini Bucket Bag features two credit card slots and comes with a long chain strap that allows for both shoulder and crossbody wear.
4. Prada Logo Plaque Bucket Bag ($2,150)
Crafted in Italy using label’s now signature Saffiano leather, Prada’s Logo Plaque Bucket Bag is absolutely a stunner. This bucket bag instantly makes a statement thanks to the iconic triangle with the Prada logo and the Saffiano tag charm at the front. Unlike your traditional bucket bag, this one has a magnetic closure. The top handle and a detachable (also fully adjustable) shoulder strap allow for multiple carrying options. In addition, for easy on-the-go organization, the Prada Logo Plaque Bucket Bag comes with two separated internal compartments.
5. Valentino Rockstud Spike Mini Bucket Bag ($1,945)
Prefer edgier styles or like it when your bags draw attention? Then, perhaps, the Valentino Rockstud Spike Mini Bucket Bag is the one for you! Crafted from genuine leather in a diamond quilted finish, this bucket bag is embellished with Valentino’s signature gold-tone Rockstuds. The bag resembles the classic bucket bag shape with a structured base and a drawstring closure. In addition, the Rockstud Spike Mini Bucket Bag also comes with a round top handle and a detachable chain and leather strap.
6. Fendi Mon Tresor Mini Leather Bucket Bag ($1,890)
Fendi’s Double F Logo is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic designer logos in the industry. The Fendi Mon Tresor Mini Leather Bucket Bag features the Double F logo pattern all over it, instantly making a statement. Made from genuine leather, it has a drawstring top and gold-tone hardware detailing. A short top handle and a removable crossbody strap allow to carry this bucket bag in a variety of ways.
7. YSL Teddy Bucket Bag ($990-1,290)
Meet Teddy – a bucket bag from Saint Laurent. Teddy is petite, but spacious. Crafted of the smoothest lambskin, this bucket bag comes with a slouchy design. The YSL Teddy Bucket Bag opens up to a fabric lined interior with one main interior compartment. The bag has a drawstring closure and comes with a chain and leather shoulder strap which also lets you wear it comfortably as a crossbody. The Saint Laurent Teddy is an excellent bucket bag for your everyday!
8. Staud Bissett Bucket Bag ($350)
Founded just in 2015, Staud is a relatively young brand on the global fashion scene. Nonetheless, it was in 2018 when the brand has achieved a breakthrough success with their now signature Bissett Bucket Bag. We’ve seen this bag all over the Instagram. The Staud Bissett Bucket Bag features a minimal, rounded silhouette. It is crafted from smooth calf leather and is completed with suede pouch lining. The bag comes with a detachable shoulder strap. It can be carried by the top handle, worn over the shoulder or styled crossbody.
9. Tory Burch Kira Chevron Quilted Leather Bucket Bag ($428)
An arm candy from Tory Burch – their Kira Chevron Quilted Leather Bucket Bag. While this bucket bag may seem quite petite at first, don’t let the size foul you! The Tory Burch Kira Chevron Quilted Leather Bucket Bag fits all phone sizes (up to iPhone 11 Pro) and has a plenty of space for all of your essentials. Crafted from softest lambskin in chevron quilting, this bucket bag features a magnetic snap along with a drawstring closure. An adjustable crossbody strap lets you wear the bag comfortably from day to evening.
10. Louis Vuitton NéoNoé Bucket Bag ($1,780)
This list of the best bucket bags wouldn’t be complete without the Louis Vuitton NéoNoé! The NéoNoé is a modern take on the iconic Noé bucket bag designed by Gaston-Louis Vuitton back in 1932. The Louis Vuitton NéoNoé features a sleek bucket bag shape, colorful leather trim and a matching microfiber lining. On the inside, the bag features two main compartments divided by a zipped central flat pocket. The Louis Vuitton NéoNoé comes with an adjustable “smart” strap which lets you wear it both crossbody or over the shoulder.