When Mansur Gavriel launched their streamlined bucket bag in early 2013, the style was hailed as trendy and a total must-have. It was also assumed by most to be a fleeting silhouette, one that would linger for a few months, maybe a year, and fade into the background while another popular handbag rose to the forefront. It’s now 2016 and the bucket bag is still reigning supreme and countless knockoffs of the Mansur Gavriel style have popped up on the shelves of Kenneth Cole and Forever 21. However, most other designers have decided to put their own spin on the bucket bag, further proving the trend’s longevity. As the start of the fall shopping season has descended upon us, Observer talked to four handbag designers to see what sets their bags apart from the competition. That includes a new label, GG Maull, which was founded by Gretchen Maull, an alum of Proenza Schouler and Missoni. Also included is Khirma Eliazov, who is basically an expert on exotic skins and Vicki von Holzhausen, a former automobile designer at Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Now the question remains, which bucket bag will you be carrying this fall?
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