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Long before trend-bucking creative director Alessandro Michele brought his hallucinatory “Utopian Fantasy” campaign to Gucci, it was a modest Italian leather shop. Today, it’s an internationally renowned luxury house with an iconic logo, and vintage Gucci clothing, handbags and shoes are among high fashion's most covetable goods.

Guccio Gucci (1881–1953) admired the stylish suitcases he saw wealthy guests arrive with at the Savoy Hotel in London, where he worked as a bellhop. So, in 1921, after a stint at Franzi, a luggage company in his hometown of Florence, he opened a leather goods shop of his own.

At first, Gucci’s Florence business specialized in equestrian accessories. But as its reputation flourished, particularly among the English aristocracy, so too did its footprint. In 1938, he brought three of his sons — Aldo, Vasco and Rodolfo — into the business and expanded it to Rome and later Milan. In the mid-1930s, a League of Nations embargo against Italy pushed Gucci to experiment with alternatives to imported leather. Its woven hemp fabric from Naples, adorned with the brand’s signature diamond print, was a hit, especially among A-list celebrities. The material was first used on suitcases before finding enduring popularity on handbags. (No list of revered designer purses would be complete without Gucci.)

In the 1950s, Elizabeth Taylor carried one of Gucci’s bamboo-handled tote bags, another adaptation to material rationing. After Jackie Kennedy was seen sporting a slouchy Gucci tote in 1961, it was renamed for the First Lady. Then Grace Kelly, on a visit to the boutique in Milan, inspired Rodolfo Gucci to work with Italian illustrator and Gucci textile designer Vittorio Accornero on the Flora print in 1966. Taking cues from Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera, with its pattern of flora and insects, it was painted entirely by hand and featured no fewer than 37 colors.

In 1953, just 15 days after opening his first store on New York’s 5th Avenue, Guccio passed away at 72. The early 1970s saw store openings in Tokyo and Hong Kong, but by the late 1980s, Gucci was floundering. Rodolfo Gucci took charge in 1982, but family drama and lawsuits ensued. In 1993, Rodolfo’s son, Maurizio, transferred his shares in the company to Investcorp, ending the family’s involvement in Gucci. Dawn Mello, then-president of Bergdorf Goodman, joined as creative director in 1989. But it was Tom Ford, who took over as creative director in 1994, who ultimately revived the brand.

Ford’s racy ads, shot by photographers such as Mario Testino, stirred controversy. And his potent vision of sexed-up femininity — with “jewel-toned satin shirts unbuttoned to there,” as Vogue described his breakthrough 1995 runway show — was wildly successful. The new millennium brought new ownership — Pinault Printemps Redoute in 2004 — and a more toned-down vision from Frida Giannini, who became sole creative director in 2006. Alessandro Michele was named creative director in 2015, and the storied brand took a giant leap forward.

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Gucci Leather Pitcher
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
A finely made drink pitcher by Gucci, in a silver plate & leather finish. This will be the perfect accent to any bar set up. Marked at bottom edge.  
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1970s Modern Vintage Gucci

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Silver Plate

Gucci Sterling Bracelet
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Category

1960s Modern Vintage Gucci

Materials

Sterling Silver

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Gucci Circular Frame, Small
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Gucci Circular Frame, Large
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Gucci Stirrup Double Catchall
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Gucci Monogram Picture Frame
By Gucci
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Gucci Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Gucci furniture is now available for sale on 1stDibs. These unique items are frequently made from animals' skin and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gucci collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 2 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Gucci were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Prices for Gucci furniture may vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Priced at $266 on 1stDibs, these items top out at $413, while pieces like these can sell for $339 on average.

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Questions About Gucci
  • Couture ClosetsMarch 21, 2021
    Gucci size IT42 converts to a U.S. sized Medium or 6
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    You can tell if a Gucci belt is real by looking at the sticker on the Gucci belt that contains a serial number and phrase “Made in Italy”. The serial number should be 21 digits long and will typically begin with the numbers 223 or 114. Many knockoff Gucci belts have serial numbers beginning with 1212.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Gucci watches are more fashion than function, so if you want a super-stylish watch that simply tells time, a Gucci watch is great. However, if you're looking for a highly functional one, you may want to look at watch brands known for their functionality, such as Rolex.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The best way to distinguish whether or not a Gucci purse is real is by looking for the serial number tag. These are typically located on the leather patch on the top of the inside. Find a variety of authentic Gucci handbags and purses on 1stDibs.
    Couture ClosetsMarch 21, 2021
    Stitching Should Be Even, Interior Tag Should Be Intact, Monogram Pattern Should Be Clear and Symmetric, Hardware Should Be Top Quality, Body Made From Premium Leather, Check Dustbag and Authenticity Cards, Logo Should Be Clear & Precise.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The infamous Gucci green is Bangladesh Green. Its HEX code is #0A6A56.