Gucci: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Gucci is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. However, despite the fact that the Italian brand has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about the iconic Italian brand. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Their First Clients Were “Horse-Riding Aristocrats.” The Gucci brand began with Guccio Gucci, who opened the very first store in Italy in 1921. The store’s very first clients were, according to the brand, “horse-riding aristocrats.” In fact, that’s where the horse-bit detail featured on many of their items comes from.

Number Fourteen: Their Bamboo Bag Was an Accident. In the 1940s, Italy was under a fascist dictatorship, and because of this, leather was difficult to find. In order to cope with the shortage, Gucci released a burnished cane bag which came to be known as the bamboo bag. The bag was so popular with customers that it’s still produced today!

Number Thirteen: Grace Kelly Is Responsible for Their Flora Print Scarf. The flora print silk scarf that helped make Gucci famous came to be as a personal request from Grace Kelly. Kelly personally requested the scar in 1966.

Number Twelve: They Are Featured at the Met. The iconic Gucci moccasin is actually featured at the Costume Institute at the Met, in New York. The moccasin was added to the institute in 1985.

Number Eleven: He Had Six Children. Guccio Gucci and his wife had six children; however, only their sons would go on to work with the brand. Their sons are named Aldo, Ugo, Vasco, and Rodolfo.

Number Ten: Tom Ford Is Credited With Turning the Brand Around. Tom Ford took over as Artistic Director for the brand in 1994 after images of Gucci’s wares were released. Ford is largely thought to be responsible for turning it back into a luxury brand, and he was Artistic Director until 2005.

Number Nine: The Brand Has Its Own Group. Gucci is more than just a fashion house. A group of designers comprises the Gucci Group, which centers around luxury retail and high fashion. The designers in the group include Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, and Yves Saint Laurent, among others. Stay tuned for part two of our list, coming soon!