In 1881 Florence, Italy, the now world renowned man Guccio Gucci was born. Some 25 years later, in 1906, that same Mr Gucci founded his own saddlery shop in Florence and branded it ‘The House of Gucci’.
32 years after being established, the brand opened its first official retail shop located on Rome’s Via Condotti, and it wasn’t long before shops were also opened in Milan and Florence selling quality handbags, luggage items, shoes and the iconic Gucci loafers. Eventually the brand took to America, establishing offices across the pond in New York in 1953.
However, it wasn’t until Tom Ford became head executive of Gucci in 1990 that a whole host of new products were developed by the company including colognes and perfumes, cosmetics and watches and the exceedingly popular Gucci sunglasses. Gucci has since become a mainstay in celebrity culture with stars both wearing and actively promoting the brand whether by wearing, by mouth or in their music.