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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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Vintage Silver Lighter by Gucci 1970s
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Gucci silver lighter from Italy 1970s.
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Vintage Gucci Table Clock, 1970s
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Gucci Vintage Silver Metal Horse Heads Cup, Italy, 1970s
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Metal

Vintage Gucci Ice Bucket, Italy, 1970s
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Very chic ice bucket designed by Gucci, Italy, 1970.
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Gucci Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Gucci furniture is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gucci Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 94 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Gucci were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Fratelli Toso Furniture, Salviati Furniture and Marcello Fantoni Furniture. The prices for Gucci furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $125 and tops out at $29,092, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $1,361.
Questions About Gucci
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Gucci shoes are well-made using high-quality materials. As long as you're careful with them, Gucci shoes should last at least a few years through regular wear.
    Couture ClosetsMarch 23, 2021
    Simply, Yes. From fit, craftmanship, to quality of materials, to comfort level...A Gucci shoe lasts, period. If cared for, a Gucci shoe is sustainable, a "staple", timeless, always in style and donated or resold when you have moved on.
  • Couture ClosetsMarch 21, 2021
    Yes. The logo is actually a nod to the 1970s GG logo. Lady Gaga is currently filming 'The House of Gucci', with a throwback to all things Vintage Gucci. This bag fits the bill. You cannot underestimate the quality and sustainability that goes into a Gucci bag. This style screams longevity, class and style.
    1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021
    The Gucci Marmont bag is one of Gucci’s most popular collections for a reason. Because it is sophisticated, lightweight, and elegant but also scratch resistant, it is seen as a great choice. Find a range of Gucci Marmont handbags for sale on 1stDibs.
  • Couture ClosetsMarch 21, 2021
    There are a vast range of prices for a Gucci Mink Coat. As high as a $40,000 coat Kris Jenner wore to as little as $450 for vintage. Price depends on year, condition and demand.
  • Couture ClosetsMarch 21, 2021
    Cosmetic Gucci bags tend to be the least expensive, as well as pochettes.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Gucci is so expensive because it is a top-class designer brand which creates their products from quality raw materials and high production methods while employing some of the top talent in the fashion world. The brand's innovative designs along with its creative marketing strategy make Gucci a highly coveted brand.
    Couture ClosetsMarch 23, 2021
    The craftmanship, quality of materials and time spent on every item is extensive. Simply watch a video on YouTube of a Gucci handbag being handsewn and you will see what goes into every item. Gucci items last for generations and are often passed down, for this reason. A good quality, well made item, lasts for decades...That is sustainable, and better for all.