Event Post: Gucci's Artisan Corner
12 March 2014

Event Post: Gucci’s Artisan Corner

I was invited to the press preview for Gucci‘s Artisan Corner event held in conjunction with the newly opened boutique at The Gardens Mall in KL. The Florentine artisans were flown in specially for this event, and we got to witness the craftspeople (I say “people” cos there were both men and women on the team!) working on bags from the Bamboo collection – Hip Bamboo, Bamboo Shopper, and the iconic New Bamboo. We were told how the bamboos were treated, bent into shape, lacquered, and affixed onto the bags, and we got to watch how the straps were made (both machine- and hand- stitched) and then how the lining was cut and sewn into an unfinished bag. There was also a embossing station where you could get your initials embossed onto any Gucci item purchased during the event!

Lacquering the Bamboo handle

 

The alphabets and tools  for hot stamp embossing

 

Treated but uncut python leather

 

Hip Bamboo in the process of completion
Hand-stitching the leather strap

 

Stitching Machine
Hardware to be fastened onto the ends of the bamboo handle

 

Embossing in progress

 

Closeup of Karung leather

 

Closeup of Ostrich Leather

 

Design sketch – Hip Bamboo
Design sketch – Bamboo shopper

 




And then on the other side of the store, was a Bamboo mini-exhibit of archival pieces from the 1950s to 1960s..

Gucci Bamboo Accessories from the 1960s and 70s

Oh, and while it isn’t uncommon for there to be photobooths at events nowadays, Gucci has upped the ante providing Instaprints! All you have to do is use the hashtag #GucciArtisanCorner on your Instagram uploads, and you’d get card-sized printouts!

Special thanks to Gucci for the invitation!