One of the world's leading luxury labels, Gucci was born as a small leather-goods operation in Florence, Italy, nearly a century ago. While employed at a fancy hotel, founder Guccio Gucci was so inspired by guests' finely made luggage that he eventually abandoned the hospitality business to open a specialty leather-goods shop under his own name. Over subsequent decades, the tiny company grew into an internationally renowned ready-to-wear fashion house, specializing in such signature offerings as Gucci horse bit loafers, logo belts, sunglasses, clothing, and more. Ever-evolving, the brand's ownership and creative direction has changed several times, with current designer Alessandro Michele putting a quirky-cool spin on the label—lots of funky patterns, retro silhouettes, and interesting textures—while maintaining the high quality craftsmanship and thoughtful attention to detail that the house is known for.
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