Founded by Gucci in 1921 in the Italian city of Florence, this Italian brand has gone from strength to strength to now be regarded as one of the leading names in fashion and leather across the world. Continually listed in Business Week’s Magazine in Top 100 global brands, Gucci holds a value of approximately 17.6 Billion US dollars and is currently helmed by Genius Creative Director Alessandro Michele. The brand has taken center stage in the world of fashion with bold, maximalist aesthetic must-haves.
Despite that, there are some of the things you probably did not know about Gucci:
- The Gucci story is a true “rags to riches” tale: The phrase “started from the bottom” could not be more apt to our vision. Cuchillo Gucci was the son of a humble Italian leather maker and desperate to achieve life, unlike his father. One day Gucci traveled to Florence where he took on his experience with leather and revolutionized the industry in a bid to outgrow his upbringing. Following which Gucci managed to become on the prominent figures in the history of a leather design.
They say, “Fashion is a young person’s industry”, but did you know Gucci was 40 years old when he founded this brand?
- Gucci is not a stand-alone brand: Gucci is in-fact part of the Gucci group which is owned by the French company “Caring”, the group that is specialized in high fashion with members including major names like Bottega, Veneta, Sergio, Yves Saint Laurent, a plethora of fashion giants.
- The most expensive item that Gucci ever sold: Gucci is considered one of the most respected and aristocratic brands in the world. Gucci’s wide range of products starting from Sunglasses to Shoes has always allured fashion-conscious customers all over the world. As surprising as it may seem, the most expensive item that Gucci ever sold is platinum and diamond-studded belt at an astonishing $256,970. As far as the style and design are considered, this collection from Gucci is unparalleled in the market.
- Tom Ford was a US artistic designer at Gucci: Famed American designer Tom Ford was given the helm of the designer at Gucci in 1994, a position he held until 2005. He is widely accredited in turning around Gucci’s fortunes after it suffered damages to its reputation as a purveyor of luxury items due to internal Gucci family feuds and a plodding of counterfeit goods into the market.
- Every pair of horse-bit loafers is handmade in Florence: The most famous Gucci product, the loafer, a gilded snaffle bit is instantly recognizable as the brand ambassador. It was first created in 1932 and since then it has been created in practically every color, pattern, and show material. For both men and women, each pair is made in a workshop in Florence by artisans decked out in a white lab coat with a beautifully tanned leather apron.
- Gucci has some fascinating collaborations: It might seem appropriate that Gucci would collaborate with luxury goods in other niches but ingenuity has led to some interesting partnerships. The Gucci’s FW 16 collection included a link-up with none other than the much-beloved peanuts comic character Snoopy, the iconic beagle appeared in a knitted sweater crewneck and t-shirt. Another whimsical link-up in this collection was the street graffiti artist Gucci ghost AKA troubled Andrew. They have also had a number of notable automotive collaborations down the years.
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