Let’s talk about the Gucci 1955 Horsebit bags collection and the emergence of it’s fake versions. Yes, you heard me right – fake Gucci bag imitating the 1955 Horsebit design. Besides that, I’ve also seen a lot of fake Gucci belts and fake Gucci wallets being replicated with the Horsebit design as well.
Anyway, a little introduction to the 1955 Horsebit design if you’re not aware of it.
We saw a come-back in classical pieces and designs from leading designer brands within the last couple of years. Why? Well, these luxury designers decided to look into their archives and got some inspiration to revive iconic designs and use some unique elements from back in the days.
Talking about unique elements, Alessandro Michele chose this route by introducing the Gucci’s new 1955 Horsebit collection back into the market.
Last fall saw the introduction of the first bag from the Horsebit collection and ever since, bucket bags, totes, and top handle shapes have been added to the collection as well. Indeed, Michele originally invented the designs and outlines but we found out that there’s more to the history behind these bags.
The History Behind Gucci 1955 Horsebit Bags
The history is deep-rooted and focused on a concept known as ‘Neoclassicism’ – which simply means regenerating the past. A look at the 1955 Horsebit bags by Michele – adorned with Gucci’s notable Horsebit hardware – shows that they do exactly that.
True to its name, the Horsebit dates far back to the 1950s – a huge decade for the Gucci brand back then. A short trip down memory lane also shows that the first Gucci store was opened in Milan by Guccio Gucci’s son – Rodolfo Gucci – in 1951.
Just at the time when the brand’s iconic green-red-green web became identical with the brand. The first American store was then opened in 1953 in New York on East 58th Street. It was also in 1953 that the classic Horsebit was invented and we dare say that its creation was based on some borrowed details from the cavalier world.
Its well-known emblem was created by joining a bar and a double ring, which has remained a part of the brand’s trademark since then.
Although we saw a re-invention of the detailing with the new Horsebit collection, the original design was seen in 1953 on a pair of loafers. It was later in 1955, that the hardware was used for the first time on a handbag and their belts.
The picture above shows you the original Horsebit bag. Michele might have used this classic bag as an inspiration but he came up with the detailing and shape seen on the new Gucci 1955 Horsebit Shoulder Bag.
Several repetitions of the Horsebit bags’ colors, sizes, shapes, and materials have been included in the collection which you can check out on the Gucci website.