Bucket bags are not just a fad. A bucket bag is a staple in many handbag wardrobes. It’s either a roomy everyday favorite or a trusty companion for those days that require heavy lifting. So when we are opting for a bucket bag, we first look to Louis Vuitton. We are a stickler for originals. It’s not that we don’t believe in innovation, it’s just that we prefer to know the origin story so we can appreciate the journey.
The French brand known for their luggage and their trunks was the innovator of the bucket bag. However, this bag was not originally designed for a woman’s personal use. In 1932, Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of the founder, created the Noé as a utilitarian bag. Its function was to carry champagne without breaking the bottles. In the original design, still used today, the wide, reinforced rectangular base was designed to hold five bottles of champagne. (If you already own a Noé you can try it yourself.) Four bottles of champagne can fit right side up and a fifth in the middle when placed upside down. The drawstring closure cinches the bottles together so they won’t rattle around and break. It’s a chic gift for the hostess with the mostest, right?
The bag even has a spirited name. Noé is the French translation of the name Noah. In the biblical story of Noah, he built an arc to survive the flood that destroyed all living things on the earth. When Noah and his family returned to land after the flood, he became the original winemaker. See the connection?
There are now various sizes of the original Noé including the Petit Noé, Noé BB, Nano Noé and the newest addition NéoNoé, a completely modernized design with new features.
Use the following dimensions, length x height x width, to tell them apart.
The classic Noé is 10.2 x 13.4 x 7.5 inches
NéoNoé is 10.2 x 10.2 x 6.7 inches.
Petit Noé is 9.8 x 10.6 x 7.9 inches
Noé BB is 9.4 x 8.7 x 5.9 inches.
Nano Noé is 5.1 x 5.9 x 3.5 inches.