In the evocative setting of the Theatre Le Palace in Paris, the location of Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show, the striking Los Angeles-based actress and experimental musician Zumi Rosow wore a black nylon jacket and trousers, and carried an elegant, structured and refined handbag in black python leather.
This is Gucci Zumi, the brand’s latest handbag creation, inspired by Rosow (Zumi is a whimsical nickname coined by her sister in childhood).
Rosow in many ways embodies Alessandro Michele’s vision of beauty, which is inextricably linked to an individual’s personality and attitude.
Unconventional and modern, the epitome of a free spirit, in addition to designing her own jewellery collection, Rosow sings and plays a variety of instruments in her band Crush, and tenor saxophone in The Black Lips.
Her striking, unconventional, individual look creates an intriguing and surprising contrast with the restrained refinement of the bag that bears her name, a kind of in-joke between Alessandro Michele and Rosow.
The Gucci Zumi is a stylish and practical accessory that combines two of the most historical House motifs, the Interlocking G and Horsebit hardware. This detail, which mixes gold and silver coloured metals, is replicated from a rare piece in the Gucci archives and has been chosen by Michele for its contemporary appeal.
The sophisticated top-handle version has distinctive double-lift lock closures at the top, and is available in two types of leather (smooth and grainy).
This style also comes in precious skins – python and elaphe (in black, neutral and red), ostrich (in light brown, burnt orange and ivory) and crocodile (cocoa, dark green and grey).
The top-handle shape in grainy leather is offered in two different sizes, medium and small. All of the bags in this style have a detachable and adjustable leather shoulder strap and a practical interior composed of a zipped compartment and a zipped pocket.
There is also a shoulder bag – a new shape that is available in two sizes: small and mini. Again, the distinguishing design element here is the Interlocking G and Horsebit hardware. Both sizes of this model are made only in smooth leather and feature a detachable shoulder chain enriched by Marina chain details, and an adjustable leather top-handle and a rear pocket. By detaching the strap, the bag can easily turn into a clutch and as a top handle once the leather handle is extended; it has true day-to-night potential.
A new small tote, inspired by a Gucci vintage bag from the 60s, comes exclusively in crocodile and lizard skins. The front panel is adorned with the Interlocking G and Horsebit detail, which, as with all the Gucci Zumis, is in gold/silver mixed metals.
A double sliding chain strap and sophisticated internal construction, to help with the organisation of contents, enrich this bag.
Finally, versions of the medium top-handle and the mini shoulder bag also come in a fun, pop Gucci Strawberry print.