|Born||26 March 1881|
Florence, Tuscany, Kingdom of Italy
|Died||2 January 1953 (aged 71)|
West Sussex, United Kingdom
|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, former actor, joined the company.
- 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.
- Gino Moliterno, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture, Routledge, London, 2002, p. 378
- History of Guccio Gucci