At the risk of boring you with yet another of our arguably atrocious puns, "bucket" ngayon ka lang nag-invest in your own designer bucket bag? Kidding aside, we are, as always, eager to get your luxury collection jumpstarted—there's a ton of proof that this silhouette, loved and repurposed since the early half of the 1900s, will stay eternally en vogue for eons to come. There's a reason its staying power is unmatched: It's versatile, spacious, and will see you faithfully through each season of life, be it your chaotic post-graduation trip abroad with college chums or lugging your colicky newborn's daily essentials around 24/7. We may be seeing a tad too far into the future, but to be honest, that's exactly the kind of longwearing mileage you want from an investment purse. Don't say we're wrong! Here, five classic options to ponder on, whether you're a logo lover or a die-hard minimalist.
1. Louis Vuitton Noe
In case you needed any more convincing that the Louis Vuitton Noe is the actual definition of an ageless queen, take note that it is, in fact, none other than Heart Evangelista's first designer bag ever. Every lady with an enviable, label-happy arm candy collection had to start somewhere! If you're just about to begin your hunt for the perfect opening piece, take her tip and shop wisely. In a survey Preview did earlier this year, she said of the number that began it all: " [It was] a Louis Vuitton drawstring bag in red Epi leather! I was 14. My mom and dad both love LV and so I loved it, too." Originally designed to be a champagne holder for luxe picnics on balmy spring days, sensible miss Noe was introduced in 1932, then was revamped for sleeker modern tastes in 2017.
2. Fendi Mon Tresor
As decades pass, it becomes more and more apparent that the bucket bag is here to stay. The Fendi Mon Tresor derives its name from the French word for "treasure," and was introduced on the label's Spring-Summer 2018 runway. You might be accustomed to bigger pails, but we really do like how small this kid is–just roomy enough to toss all your daily essentials in, but also miniature enough to look cool slung crossbody and nestled against your hip. Cop one sporting Fendi's famous Zucca Fs for a very current pick.
3. Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag
The total epitome of no-nonsense smoothness, the Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag has actually been hot for quite a long minute (we remember coveting it even back at the height of 2015's normcore, mandal-obsessesed minimalism mania), but it remains relevant and hands-down desired to this day. Maybe it's the fact that it's so damn basic...and in the best way possible. This guy's a proven investment you'll happily carry into forever and beyond. Forgo the past seasons' tired, sombre, muted hues and select a sugary, of-the-moment lavender or blush. Martine Cajucom picks the latter in a too-cool backpack silhouette.
4. Gucci GG Marmont
No doubt, the fanfare that welcomed Gucci's GG Marmont handbag, emblazoned with the Italian brand's signature interlocked initials from the '70s, was loud and well-deserved—after all, following a period of restrained minimalism, Alessandro Michele's debut frilly, frothy, more-is-more-is-more aesthetic was akin to a breath of fresh air. However, should you be craving a big purchase that's a bit more off-tangent, consider the retro-cute bucket iteration! A fresh shape dropped in Pre-Fall 2019, it's crafted in matelassé leather and punctuated by a petite play on the Double G, an archival house code that's a certified, guaranteed headturner.
5. Danse Lente Johnny
Yet another pail to love! The major difference is that the structured Danse Lente Johnny is modern and architectural, where the aforementioned Mansur is classic and string-drawn. Meant to dangle daintily from your hand like a large trapezoidal wristlet, Johnny's girl is the kind who sees absolutely zero sense in flitting from sack to sack in the interest of saving those precious, elusive morning minutes. Why not just simply cop a roomy, single one that goes effortlessly with an entire closetful of clothes? It's just the right mix of subtle and statement, we say. Camille Co easily echoes the sentiment. Great minds think alike.