|Born||26 March 1881|
|Died||2 January 1953 (aged 71)|
|Known for||Founder of Gucci|
As a teenager in the early 1900s, Guccio Gucci was a lift boy at the Savoy Hotel in London. Inspired by the elegant upper-class guests and by luggage companies such as H. J. Cave & Sons, he returned to Florence and started making travel bags and accessories. He founded the House of Gucci in Florence in 1921 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. 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, a former actor, joined the company.
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.
- David Landes, Dynasties: Fortune and Misfortune in the World's Great Family Businesses, Penguin, London UK, 2008, p. 10.
- World of Gucci. History-1920 Archived 13 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
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- History of Guccio Gucci