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In 1921, Guccio Gucci opened a leather goods company and small luggage store in his native Florence. Though his vision for the brand was inspired by London, and the refined aesthetic of English nobility he had witnessed while working in the Savoy Hotel, his goal on returning to Italy was to ally this classy sensibility with the unique skills of his native Italy. Specifically, with the master craftsmanship of local Tuscan artisans.
Gucci was founded as a saddlery shop in 1906 by Guccio Gucci (1881), a craftsman’s offspring. The house of Gucci was initially founded in Florence. Guccio Gucci had an excellent talent for leather craftsmanship. Gucci started by selling bags made of leather to horsemen in early 1920’s and graduated to making and selling leather luggage as the clients moved on from horses to cars. 1938 saw the opening of Gucci’s first retail outlet on Via Condotti in Rome.
1947 saw the beginning of the Gucci tradition taking shape in form of bamboo handled leather bag that became the Gucci icon. 1950’s saw the development of trademark red webbing, borrowed form the roots – the saddle girth. This turned out to be the emblem of Gucci after some time.
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