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This High Street Bag That Could Pass as Gucci’s Iconic Jackie 1961

Jackie O's favourite designer handbag at the fraction of the price.

Love the Gucci Jackie bag but don’t have a casual £2,000 lying around?

Don’t worry – we’ve found a selection of swoon-worthy lookalike’s that will give you all the Gucci feels without the price tag.

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The original bag dates back to 1961, when it was simply called the G1244. It was the first hobo bag of its time, with the signature curved shape and a delicately wrought gold closure. It was a must-have staple of the 60s and 70s.

Jackie Kennedy was seen wearing the bag so often that it soon became known as ‘the Jackie.’ By this time Jackie was a fashion icon around the world, so her approval of the bag meant instant cult status.

The Jackie was reinvented in many times. In 1999, Tom Ford for Gucci replaced the original lobster lock with the rectangular piston.

Then in 2014, there was another update with Frida Giannini (former Creative Director) introducing the ‘Jackie Soft’ Collection. This updated the shape of the bag and offered soft peppled leather finishes.

Most recently, Creative Director Alessandro Michele brought back the iconic bag and officially renamed it the ‘Jackie 1961’ in honour of the former First Lady’s enduring style legacy.

Jackie 1961 mini shoulder bag Gucci

Jackie 1961 mini shoulder bag, £1,770, Gucci – buy now

The latest revamp is a scaled down silhouette ensuring that the Jackie remains contemporary and relevant. The signature half-moon shape remains with the gold clasp being the only hardware left on the bag.

The Jackie 1961 now includes an additional shoulder strap which can be attached to the bag, allowing you to wear it in a variety of ways – shoulder bag, under arm, cross body or top handle.

The re-issue can be found in both the men and women’s collections and has already been seen slung on the arms of some of the most stylish celebrities including Alexa Chung and Harry Styles. 

Here are some of the best lookalikes we’ve found that will give you serious Jackie 1961 vibes, including perhaps the closest dupe from Nasty Gal and more.

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