Rory Gilmore’s bag became a staple Gilmore Girls. Played by Alexis Bledel, Rory memorably carried a yellow bag during her high school years at Chilton. Then when she went to college at Yale Rory changed into a big leather messenger bag. Fast-forward almost a decade Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life And the youngest member of the Gilmore family has another bag. So what’s the story behind Rory’s bag? Not only does it have ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, but according to the costume designer of the Netflix revival, it’s a very Richard and Emily Gilmore purchase.
Rory Gilmore has a ‘power bag’ in the Netflix revival
Brenda Maben, Gilmore Girls Costume designer returned for Joe Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, said Hollywood Reporter All About Rory’s Bag in November 2016. She explained that Rory’s style has evolved over the years which is reflected in her clothing and, of course, her handbag choices.
Now Rory carries a backpack, messenger bag, or anything other than that expensive Herms Birkin bag from Logan Huntzberger’s (Matt Czuchari). In Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory’s bag is from Los Angeles-based luxury handbag brand Jamah.
Maben described it as a key element to Rory’s look, referring to it as a “power bag”. Plus, it’s blue that the costume designer noted is “one of Rory’s favorite colors.” Why did this particular bag catch Maben’s eye? It “summarizes” everything she wanted to convey on screen about where Rory is in her life.
“I used that bag specifically because she’s coming from Europe and the first time you see her, I think it’s important that she has something that says, ‘I’m going for it. I’m going to be successful at what I’m doing,’” Maben explained. “I thought Bag summed it up.”
“When you start a new job or you’re just starting out, especially as Rory comes from his grandparents’ point of view, you buy a nice bag,” she said. WWD in November 2016. “You buy a quality bag and that bag will last you a really long time.”
Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton also have Jamah bags
as fans Gilmore Girls Probably already know from watching — and watching again — the series, Rory is a Hillary Clinton fan. She also decided to write her own college admissions essay on Clinton. And, as she once told her high school boyfriend, Dean Forrester (Jared Padalecki), she loved recording footage of Clinton speaking on C-SPAN.
With that in mind, Maben couldn’t have chosen a better choice for Rory’s bag. According to WWD, JAMA designer Nancy Gale was commissioned by Patient Safety to design bags for Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, as well as their daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
Alexis Bledel signs Rory’s bag to benefit high school students
Where is Rory’s bag from the Netflix revival now? It’s definitely not one of the items that Lauren Graham took from the set. after filming Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory’s bag goes back to Jama. The costume department actually rented the bag before returning it to Jama. Bledel signed inside as part of the auction. Proceeds going to a non-profit organization for high school students. As Maben explained, “That was the other part of the bag because I think Rory would have done it too.”
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