Fashion Test Drive: Gucci’s Jackie 1961 Handbag

Accessories Director Julia Gall takes Gucci’s newest It bag for a spin.

At Marie Claire, we love to be the first to discover what will become the hottest accessories and looks for the upcoming season. But instead of simply identifying the latest It items, we’ve decided to go one step further. Introducing Fashion Test Drive: Our new series where editors demo must-have pieces before they arrive in stores—and in your closet. First up: Gucci’s reissued Jackie 1961 bag.

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Gucci Jackie 1961 Small Hobo Bag

First released by Gucci in the 1950s as the "Constance," this early hobo-style bag was never not seen under former first lady Jackie Kennedy’s arm—to the point that the brand renamed the style after her. And just like that, an icon was born! This fall, Gucci has reissued this bag (in classic monogram canvas with signature red and green web detailing as well as pastel hues the colors of Jordan almonds) and in a range of more contemporary sizes: medium, small, and mini. We tried out the small in a creamy white.

Let’s Break Down the Facts

The leather is sturdy, but not too supple, which means it won’t scuff easily and will retain a firm shape (if stored properly, of course). Great news for anyone who is feeling it in white!

The signature “piston” clasp is the only real hardware on the bag, resulting in a clean and classic design. The bag is equipped with a removable and adjustable strap, so it can be worn several ways—handheld, tucked right under your arm, as a crossbody, and as a shoulder bag—making it extremely versatile.

The small size definitely accommodates the essentials (wallet, phone, keys, lipstick and mask), with a little room to spare. It can easily transition from a professional day bag with a shorts suit to an easy, hands-free crossbody for weekend errands in jeans and a sweater—and when worn with a sexy knit dress, it makes for a polished evening accessory.

The Bottom Line

The Jackie is a classic investment bag. It’s been coveted by style icons for nearly 50 years and has remained a signature style at the fashion house. The size is ideal for anywhere you’d hope to wear it and the sturdy leather (or logo canvas) will definitely hold up over the years.

What to Wear with Your Jackie Bag


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Tyler Joe

Tyler Joe is a staff photographer for Hearst, and contributes to Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, and more.