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The Bucket Bag Doesn’t Get Enough Credit

This goes out to all of you who have ever had to spend five minutes digging for your phone and train pass in the bottomless pit you call a bag.

Many bag types exist. You have your totes, clutches, satchels, so on and so forth. Few of them, are as specific as the bucket bag. Flat yet typically circular at the bottom – like my own bottom before I started doing squats, HAW – the bucket bag holds all odds and ends within its wide mouth, closed with the pull of a draw strap, magnetic clasp or rings. Oh how has the bag of our mothers in the seventies and eighties evolved.

Now, when someone thinks of bags for that one person who carries her life in her bag, they think of the tote bag. Granted that it can go to sizes that a bucket bag cannot because that would look ridiculous, it is the kind of bag that lets you see everything at once. I mean, Hermione used the Undetectable Extension Charm on a beaded bucket bag in The Deathly Hallows for good reason – and that bag SAVED THEIR LIVES.

I recently re-discovered the joys and thrills of the bucket bag after being handed an old vintage one from my mother. It fits a laptop, gym clothes, jackets and even boots one time – and it still looked kinda small. Fun-sized. Friday-night ready. Is this some Hogwarts hocus pocus? No, I realised, it is just how the bucket bag is. How it has always been. How did I, nay, we ever saw fit to take the everyday out of the bucket bag?

So, give the bucket bag and its seemingly bottomless pit the credit it deserves. The next time you frantically burrow your tote bag looking for your phone or train pass, remember this: you probably won’t have the same problem with a bucket bag. From quilted to baskets to chains and even micro ones that stuff more than you think, shop some of the buckets we’ve got our eyes on below.

Gucci GG Marmont Quilted Leather Bucket Bag

Staud Moreau Macramé and Leather Bucket Bag

Marni Suede Bucket Bag

Alexander Wang Roxy Chain-Embellished Leather Bucket Bag


A.P.C. Leather and Suede Bucket Bag

Fendi My Treasure Mini Bucket Bag

Fendi My Treasure Mini Logo-Embossed Bucket Bag

JW Anderson Bucket Leather and Canvas Tote

Loewe Midnight Grained-Leather Bucket Bag

Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag

Marni Pannier Mini Leather Bucket Bag


 Prada Leather Trimmed Woven-Raffia Bucket Bag

Staud Vitti Crushed Velvet Bucket Bag

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