Mansur Gavriel, previously reviewed: saffiano bucket in black/flamma and mini lady bag in brandy/brick.
I really wanted a smaller sized bucket for lighter days after using the regular sized one. My heart was set on saffiano given what a breeze it is to maintain. Currently, the mini bucket is only available in saffiano at Barneys in either black/flamma or rosa/rosa. I’m not really a pink person; I’m treating the rosa/rosa as a neutral (ballet pink). Inevitably I have some ‘on Wednesdays, we wear pink’ moments when I wear an item of clothing in the same color family. The rosa/rosa has gotten a lot of compliments.
Mini saffiano bucket and the regular saffiano bucket
Brandy mini lady in vegetable tanned vs. mini saffiano bucket
What I really like about it (that I didn’t already mention in my other bucket review)
The minimalist Cuyana has a new oversized bucket bag. It’s very well priced, made in Italy, and in a durable saffiano leather. It comes in black, red, and clay. It’s a great option for someone who wants a shorter strap vs the crossbody bucket bag. No monogramming for this style.
I’ve been using the Mansur Gavriel bucket in saffiano leather pretty often since I got it in late October. (Second runner-up is the APC textured half moon crossbody.) I also have reviewed the mini bucket in saffiano and mini lady bag in brandy; both were acquired after this bag.
What I really like about it:
- The simple design and almost invisible branding.
- It can fit a lot — including a work folder full of papers — and is great for traveling. I used it for a recent overnight trip and it fit my electronics, toiletries, and a change of clothing.
- The exterior saffiano finish is super durable. I can’t find any signs of wear. I rarely baby it — I wiped it down after a rainstorm (the umbrella was useless) and I wrap it in a regular Baggu nylon bag before I shove it overhead or under the seat on the plane. I don’t mind putting it on the floor in certain places (but would never do that with many bags).
- I hate zipping/closing bags in general. There’s comfort in its depth.
- It’s lightweight. I really hate when empty bags are heavy and excessive hardware.
- I can carry it comfortable on my shoulder and crossbody.
Barneys pre-orders for their exclusive Mansur Gavriel saffiano buckets are open online! Not sure when they are shipping, but it’s reliable.
Barneys is taking pre-orders for the large black/fiamma saffiano bucket again. It says it ships in October so proceed with caution and don’t count on it until it ships.
Mansur Gavriel in Saffiano at Barneys.com
I was overzealous in my online shopping and ordered two Mansur Gavriel large buckets, not realizing they’re final sale. Oops! Both bags are brand new with tags and comes with in its protective cloth bags. If you’re interested, please drop me a comment or email me (irenelikes at gmail). I would keep one if I didn’t find a saffiano one! And if you want a saffiano, keep on watching this page. Having watched it for a while, luck is not on your side…
left (black with ballerina interior) | SOLD right (brandy with brick interior)
I’ve been halfheartedly hunting down Mansur Gavriel bucket and mini bucket bags since this post in late August. Halfhearted as in I’m not making any phone calls.
My review so far? (Note, there are three sizes of the bucket: mini mini, mini, and regular.) Read More
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I’m exploring the bucket bag — not totally convinced yet. Of course, it’s Mansur Gavriel’s signature/coveted bag but after a few days of stalking the sites below, I have in hand a coated large bucket bag in sand/sand. There are many color, leather, and size variations (mini mini, mini, and large), which breaks down the ubiquitousness of the bag. While the vegetable tanned leather is more delicate, it is great for breaking in and developing a patina if you’re looking for character. There are a ton of reselling sites that have these bags already broken in and for under retail too, if you’d like: eBay, Poshmark, Tradesy, and TheRealReal. These sites also give you a sense of how these bags wear. The coated leather appears to be durable (TPF review) and lightweight and I really like the sand color. As an anti-bag zipper, it can be worn close enough to the body and deep enough to carry whatever I may want to carry.