Via del Parione, Florence, 1921. Having worked as a porter at the Savoy Hotel, London, where he handled luxurious luggage items from across the globe, the young and inspired Guccio Gucci opened his own leather goods store. By 1938 the success and popularity of Gucci’s Florentine base allowed for the opening of two further boutiques in Via Condotti, Rome.
Today, with over 270 stores established worldwide, the prestigious fashion house has become synonymous with innovation, luxury and expertise.
When this beautiful snakeskin handbag, and these dazzling gold pumps arrived at Cudoni we felt inspired to reflect on the most classic Gucci features. From the signature “double G” canvas, to the iconic green and red stripes, it is simple to see why the Italian fashion house is world-renowned in producing luxury designer wear.
The loafer shoe is a Gucci staple. The 1932 men’s Gucci loafer, with a gilded snaffle, has been part of the permanent collection at MoMA, New York, since 1985. Made from platinum metallic laminate leather, this feminine golden twist on the iconic design highlights Gucci’s ability to reinvent and create contemporary designs.
Inspired by horse saddle straps Guccio Gucci created the green and red stripes that are now a Gucci staple, featuring on several exquisite and unusual pieces.
Shortages in metal led to the use of more natural and inventive material following World War II, thus in 1947 the bamboo handles were born. As shown above in this beautiful Bamboo Ostrich Top Handle Bag.
Canvas was initially utilised as high quality leather was difficult to find. Now, the embossed canvas represents the brand, evident in Gucci’s GG Supreme Tote collection.
With over 90 years of expertise in crafting pieces of luxurious beauty, Gucci’s signature “Made in Italy” label has become, and will remain an icon of Florentine culture and Tuscan craftsmanship.