We tend to dislike bucket bags just as much as we dislike drawstring pants. With a scrunched, cinched closure and a dropped, often unstructured body, they’re messy and inherently hard to get in and out of. Similarly, just try going to the bathroom at 2 a.m. in drawstring pajama pants! They also have a way of being awkward to carry, bumping and protruding like they have a mind of their own.
As far as we’re concerned, the only truly acceptable bucket bag out there is the Mansur Gavriel version. Smooth tanned leather is understated, and the pop of red via the interior makes for a chic sense of punctuation. Possessing an unsurpassed sense of elegance, it is streamlined, kindly priced (at just $495), and stays open easily for minimal fumbling action. But then again, you run the risk of spilling your things everywhere. Bucket bags should come with a disclaimer. Always a double-edged sword with this style, carry with caution! Mansur Gavriel on NET-A-PORTER.