Mansur Gavriel photos by Style Heroine, Paintings and flower photo by me
The summer of 2014. That was the first time I laid my eyes on, and fell in love with, the highly coveted Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag. My mom had just bought it at the local Jenni Kayne store and the only question I had was when I could get one. You see, during the time my mom had purchased one, no one could tell you who or what Mansur Gavriel was. Even I at first glance had thought that it was the name of a French man. What I found out soon enough was a few things- 1. Mansur and Gavriel are the last names of the company's co-founders, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel. 2. Almost over-night all of my favorite Instagram fashion bloggers had the bag. 3. I couldn't get it.
I searched almost every day (CRAZY I KNOW) for this Bucket Bag. I couldn't wait to wear it to school and show it off (CRAZY I KNOW). And then I found it, attached with a 6-month preorder date, for $465 (CRAZY I KNOW). But really! This was the first it-bag that I had ever lusted over that wasn't more than $1000. And that is what made me excited- an elegant, well made (I knew this because I frequently stole my moms before mine arrived), classic bag with a modern shape. Mine finally came and I was beyond excited until something felt off about the whole thing. All of a sudden, people came up to me and asked where it was from, to try it on, and lots of "wow I've never seen that leather before"! I even gained a new best friend when someone Facebook messaged me about how he could get one. I didn't feel great about all of this because the bag was turning into a trendy Instagram feature rather than a beautiful and functional design. I started to wish that it was as unknown as it was when I first saw it.
Don't get me wrong- the Mansur Gavriel craze is still fully in action and I am a complete slave to it. I was flustered when with their new collections their prices have doubled (the Lady Bag selling for a mere $1,100). So now, Mansur Gavriel has turned into a "designer brand" which was bound to happen I realized. I have altered my attitude though, because the designers have strictly stuck to their roots and have produced a beautiful, and surprising, NYFW presentation. Not only was no Bucket Bag in sight, but the brand has released a new batch of statement purses that I, obviously, am in love with. The comeback of the structured circle brief case and the 1960's grandma clutch wowed the crowds as well as the biggest surprise, a line of shoes (CRAZY I KNOW). I am already trying to decide which shoes will be on my list because if you look on Who What Wear's Snapchat story, THEY COME IN ALL THE BEST COLORS. I am excited to see what Mansur Gavriel has set for the future (please some clothing, please) but until then I will remain in my state of obsession and resent for the mega-popular brand.