On the runway at Gucci's 2009 Spring-Summer show, models carried a brand new bag. It was big, leather, belted and just a little bit slouchy: the New Jackie.
A new bag that really wasn't new at all.
Gucci's New Jackie is a remake -- an authentic retro handbag based on the iconic 1960s Gucci Jackie handbag, named for Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
In this age of modern It Bags, a retro purse may seem passé. And yet you may own one or two yourself, or be coveting one as we speak. Great handbag styles do tend to come back around, and there's nothing quite like a retro bag to add depth to a modern look.
First, some terminology: For one thing, "retro" is not the same as "vintage."