If you think about bamboo, you must think that’s very oriental thing. But Gucci actually has more than half a century with bamboo. In China, there’s one old saying “I would rather eat no meat, can not live without bamboo, no meat is thin, without bamboo makes vulgar.” Gucci bamboo bag released in 1947, the lack of supplies after the war, Gucci found bamboo to create their products in order to save leather.
Gucci factory located within less than an hour from Florence. There are leather research, bamboo handle workshop, leather workshop, custom leather workshop, sewing workshop …… staff wearing white coat, concentrating on work. It feels like a large hospital in order.In leather cutting workshop, only those masters with over 10 years experience in cutting leather can have the opportunity to qualify for cutting of precious leather like crocodile skin, snake, ostrich and so on. In fact the birth of a bamboo bag has to step through more than a dozen, and every process, the masters of Florence team explored the final rule after repeated experiments.
Complete a bamboo bag takes around 10 procedures required. The first round of screening rate is 50%. These bamboo from bamboo roots, are imported from Japan. After roasted heated, softened then bent into a unique “u” shape by hands. So each bamboo handle is not the same.After that, it should be coated with natural beeswax and paint from France.By screening the qualified bamboo left not only the thickness also the distance between the bamboo joints are the same. All these complicated work can’t use machine must be polished by hand a little bit.
The past years , bamboo design gradually promoted to be Gucci’s classic design. Evolution of the bamboo patterns are widely used on the handle of an umbrella, scarf, bracelet, jewelry and many other products, and even cleverly carved golden heel stiletto heels.