Cult Brand Mansur Gavriel Has a Brand New Bag

Jaimie Potters
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Photo credit: Mansur Gavriel
Photo credit: Mansur Gavriel

From Harper's BAZAAR

Realizing the daydreams of minimalist-leaning aesthetes is nothing new to designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel. In 2012, their bucket bag famously spurred a 50,000 person long waitlist before launch. In 2016, the opening of their first Soho outpost left visitors and Instagram lurkers enchanted by floor-to-ceiling camel pink.

Now, Mansur Gavriel is at it again with its latest collection. Continuing to grow a family of soft and slouchy bags, the new shape this season is the Balloon Bag, a pebbled leather that abandons the structured silhouette of the brand's famed bucket. Launching today, has an exclusive first-look.

The bag is composed of 30 leather straps carefully sewn together one-by-one, with shoulder length straps and an oval-shaped bottom that melds to the body. Speaking to, Rachel and Florina describe the look of their newest confection as "happy, clean, smooth, billowing."

Photo credit: Mansur Gavriel
Photo credit: Mansur Gavriel

The 2016 CFDA Accessories of the Year-winning designers credit their inspiration for the design to a flea market find Floriana scooped up in Europe as a teenager. "She had bought a pleated crossbody at a flea market in Europe, and we loved its soft voluminosity and hand. We liked the idea of reinventing the shape in a modern, clean way, with a beautiful, slouchy lambskin leather in beautiful colors," Mansur shares.

The balloon bag is available in five colorways: eggplant, lago, prato, lago, and black. And it isn't the only new handbag for Mansur Gavriel this fall. A long requested iteration of the bucket bag featuring a zip closure and a spacious winged tote were been both unveiled last month. There's also a mini-sized version of the zip bucket bag available in yellow, red, and peony.

In keeping with the see-now-buy-now model Mansur Gavriel adapted a few seasons back, all styles can be shopped on their site now.

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