Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921. At the turn of the 20th century Guccio Gucci worked as a liftboy at London’s Savoy Hotel. It was there, whilst appraising the elegant manners of the hotel’s high society guests, that the young Gucci hit upon the idea of funding a leather foods enterprise that married an upper class British sensibility with impeccable Italian craftsmanship. Upon returning to Florence, Gucci began by specialising in travel ware and accessories.
In the first of many savvy moves, he stamped his cases and trunks with the inscription G. Gucci, Articles for Travel, Florence, reasoning that the English wording suggested an international flavor which would appeal to his globetrotting clients. Gucci’s assumption paid off, and his travel ware became an overnight sensation. (Text: Gucci Museum Guide)
Going to Florence, you obviously want to visit all the great museums and churches. It is so packed with “Masters” that where ever you turn there is a familiar face. It takes your breath away. I love Florence, the city is very welcoming and as the size is not so big, walking from one museum to another goes quickly. The food is amazing (as always) and starting the day with a cappuccino and a cornetto is a simple must. Last but not least…fashion.
Florence has served as the home of the Italian fashion company Salvatore Ferragamo since 1928. Gianfranco Lotti, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Ermanno Scervino, Stefano Ricci, Patrizia Pepe, Enrico Coveri and Emilio Pucci were also founded here and most of them are still headquartered in Florence.
Now some eye candy from the Gucci Museum…
If you have the time, it is definitely worth to go and have a look. It is not big and the selection is really good.
Have a great weekend