April 13th, 2021
On My Mind

Fashion From The Past

Vogue predicts that there will be a surge of interest in vintage Gucci — pre-Tom Ford era 1994-2004 — thanks to the upcoming film House of Gucci. The film is based on the infamous Italian family from the ’70s to mid ’90s. So, to get a jump on this trend, I dug deep into my closet and unearthed my first Gucci bag. Mother let me pick out a bag on a trip to Rome in 1978 and I chose the one above. A camel hobo, unsurprisingly. Since it’s firmly in my never-changing wheelhouse, I’m going to drop it at Artbag and let them do their magic. Will I carry it again? Very possibly.

The bottom three are from the early ’90s. They had bamboo handles, which I removed the moment I purchased them and looped the messenger strap instead. I wore these to death and I’m not sure any amount of TLC can revive them.


What's New


Laser-engraved logo belt


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat

  • That Gucci bag is fabulous!

    Lisa EastmanApril 13th, 2021  12:36 PM

  • Preston, I think it’s great that you’re going to try and resurrect these bags. By all means, make sure you show some “after” pics! Btw, what a coincidence this post is. Yesterday I was surfing my closet and came across a pair of camel suede Gucci loafers with the horse bit that I’ve had for years. If I resoled them, they’d look just like new. Really a testament to the quality of an item.

    KimApril 13th, 2021  12:37 PM

  • Not only do I love that your first Gucci bag is still so chic- but how fabulous that you bought it while traveling with your Mother. Fashion with a personal history is all the more exquisite.

    KateApril 13th, 2021  1:04 PM

  • “Firmly in my never changing wheelhouse” made me laugh. I’m sure when I was young I would have ripped off the bamboo too but I was just looking at one on the RealReal and love it. Pondering if I would add a strap. Good luck at leather spa, adore that hardware.

    SueMApril 13th, 2021  1:20 PM

  • It’s all about those beautiful floors!!! J

    jenniferApril 13th, 2021  8:23 PM

  • Offering a shout out to bamboo handles (I just love brown and natural materials), and also to Tom Ford’s first year or so at Gucci. I have saved all these years, although they don’t fit me or my daughter, a pair of his ‘platform Gucci loafer heels’ in black suede with the gold bit. They were the highest heel I’ve ever worn, and one of the favorite items I ever purchased! Classic Gucci look with a platform heel! If I could wear them today, I would.

    PaulaApril 13th, 2021  8:34 PM

  • Preston thank you for sharing this story, it made me think about my mom and her incredible style. I miss her.

    DeannaApril 13th, 2021  9:28 PM


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