The Great Guccio Gucci

Dec
2013
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The story of Gucci

Vintage Gucci bags. Photo by www.gucci.com

There have been a great number of famous Tuscan people throughout history, and many of these are known for their contribution to Italian fashion and style. One of these famous Italians is Guccio Gucci. The story of Gucci and the famous fashion house is an interesting one, so read on for some interesting Guccio Gucci facts…

Guccio Gucci’s childhood and teenage years were humble. Born in 1881, Guccio was the son of an Italian leather goods maker who originated from the north. Guccio was not too keen on taking the same occupational route as his father, so when he was a teen, he travelled to places like London and Paris, where he worked as a waiter, dishwasher and concierge. In London, he worked at the prestigious Savoy Hotel as a lift attendant, and it was during this time that he observed the style and elegance of many wealthy and famous people. In particular, he took note of the beautiful luggage styles that he saw.

Funnily enough, on his return to Florence when he was about 40 years old, his appreciation of fashion and style was so great, that he did follow in his father’s footsteps, and went on to revolutionise the leather goods industry with a collection of high quality goods. The first Gucci shop was founded in Florence in 1921, and it is from here that the legendary history of Guccio Gucci and his company really took off. Many of his designs were inspired by horseracing, and his company quickly became known for its incredible level of craftsmanship. In 1932 Guccio created the first loafer shoe with a gilded snaffle, as well as a wonderful selection of luggage ties, shoes and the famous handbags with a bamboo handle, that were seen on the arms of plenty of high profile celebrities.

The year 1953 is famous for two reasons: the death of Guccio Gucci, and the opening of the first Gucci store overseas. Boutiques started to spring up everywhere, and the glamorous ‘GG’ symbol that is still used today, was created in the 1960s. The following decades brought about near bankruptcy and family problems, but the company was re-established in the 1980s, and is one of the most profitable Italian designer houses today.

With Caf Tours, you have the chance to buy some amazing items by Gucci and other famous Italian fashion designers. And the best thing about this fantastic private shopping tour, is that you can snap up some real bargains! Visit the famous Mall and Prada outlets and get ready for a great half-day of shopping!

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