Rory Gilmore’s Bag From ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ Has a Random Connection to Bill and Hillary Clinton

Rory Gilmore has a ‘power bag’ in the Netflix revival

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel look at a newspaper while standing next to a mailbox in a scene from 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Saeed Adyani/Netflix

Brenda Maben, the Gilmore Girls costume designer who returned for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, told The 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 choice. 

Rory Gilmore’s bag became a staple on Gilmore Girls. Played by Alexis Bledel, Rory memorably carried a yellow backpack during her high school years at Chilton. Then when she went off to college at Yale Rory switched to a more grown-up leather messenger bag. Fast-forward nearly a decade to Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and the youngest member of the Gilmore family’s carrying yet another bag. So what’s the story behind Rory’s bag? Not only does it have a connection to Bill and Hillary Clinton but, according to the Netflix revival’s costume designer, it’s a very Richard and Emily Gilmore purchase.

Maben described it as a crucial element to Rory’s look, referring to it as a “power bag.” Also, it’s blue which the costume designer noted is “one is of Rory’s favorite colors.” As for why this particular bag caught Maben’s eye? It  “summed up” everything she wanted to convey on screen about where Rory is in her life.