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Recap: Gucci At Phipps Plaza In Atlanta Hosts Handbag Artisan Corner To Benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

Gucci hosted a private cocktail party last week at the House’s Atlanta store to celebrate the “Handbag Artisan Corner”.  The exclusive event brought the craftsmanship of Gucci’s Florentine leather goods factory directly to its clientele, allowing guests to view skilled artisans assembling some of the House’s most iconic handbags. Susan Been, Kim Lape, Kelly Loeffler, and Millie Smith co-hosted the evening, which benefited Make-A-Wish Georgia.  Ten percent of the proceeds from the event benefited the organization to support its efforts in granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Bijoux Wright (Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

Bijoux Wright (Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

As guests interacted with artisans assembling the House’s signature New Bamboo, New Jackie, Soft Stirrup and Soho bags, they sipped on fine wines and enjoyed mouth watering treats from Dennis Dean, A Catering Company. Shoppers took advantage of the hand-crafted products in exotic skins and exclusive colors that were personalized with hand-embossed monogramming, if they desired. The Artisan Corner display included custom work tables, a sewing machine, a leather stand, and metal tools, as well as additional background materials which illustrated the evolution of the products, from mood board to sketches.

The original Gucci Bamboo bag was created in 1947 and was reintroduced in the Spring Summer 2010 collection.  The New Bamboo is comprised of 130 separate pieces and is crafted the same way as the original, requiring two days of work to ensure its perfect details. Meanwhile, the New Jackie takes its cue from a 1960s style that became the preferred accessory for Jacqueline Onassis, who was photographed with numerous versions. America’s former First Lady was so devoted to the style that the bag soon assumed the moniker ‘The Jackie.’ Featuring a spur closure and echoing the House’s equestrian heritage, the Soft Stirrup bag boasts unparalleled craftsmanship and draws inspiration from an iconic model from 1975.  The Soho bag is distinguished by the interlocking G that appears embossed and stitched for a discreet, iconic style.

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

Since 1995, Make-A-Wish Georgia has been granting the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions.  Having recently granted its 6,000th wish in Georgia, the organization is one of the top tier chapters within the national Make-A-Wish Network.  Though the chapter aims to grant 430 wishes this fiscal year, there remain hundreds of children in the local community awaiting their most heartfelt wish experience.

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

Left to Right: Julie Jones, Kari Love, and Susan Been (Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

Cynthia Craig and De Edmond (Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

Left to right: Tara Moody, Sondra James, Nicole Ruffin, and Rachel Hutchinson (Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

Tia Nicolae and Caren West(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

(Photo credit: Ben Rose Photography)

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