Guccio Gucci

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Guccio Gucci (Florence, 26 March 1881 – 2 January 1953) was an Italian businessman and fashion designer, the founder of The House of Gucci.

Early life[edit]

Gucci was the son of an Italian merchant from the country's northern manufacturing region.

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As a teenager in the early 1900s, Guccio Gucci was a lift boy at the Savoy Hotel in London. Inspired by the elegant upperclass guests, he returned to Florence and started making travel bags and accessories. He founded the House of Gucci in Florence in 1921[1] as a small family-owned leather saddlery shop. He began selling leather bags to horsemen in the 1920s. As a young man, he rapidly built a reputation for quality, hiring the best craftsmen he could find to work in his atelier.[1] In 1938, Gucci expanded his business to Rome. Soon his one-man business turned into a family business, when his sons Aldo, Vasco, Ugo and Rodolfo joined the company.

In 1951, Gucci opened their store in Milan and two years later, the company expanded overseas with the opening of the Manhattan store.[1]

The company was founded by Guccio Gucci in 1921. Initially, the company was not creating perfume. It introduced its first line of perfume in 1974[2] with the creation of women perfume. Since then it has introduced various types of fragrances for both genders.

Personal life[edit]

Gucci and his wife, Aida Calvelli, had six children; his sons – Vasco, Aldo, Ugo, and Rodolfo – held prominent roles in his company. In his final years, he lived near Rusper, West Sussex, England.

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