Guccio Gucci was a fashion designer who was a native of Italy. In 1920 he founded the Fashion House of Gucci in Florence. Today Gucci is one of the ‘Top Global 100 Brands’ with over 550 outlets around the world.
Guccio Gucci was born in Florence, Italy on March 26th 1881. Having worked with his father, who was a leather craftsman, Guccio moved to London in 1898. He worked at the Savoy Hotel where he was impressed by the bags and accessories of the guests. He returned to Florence where he helped his father make saddles and leather travel bags.
With the advent of the automobile the demand for saddles decreased. Gucci diversified into the manufacture and sale of other accessories. He employed only the best craftsmen and became known for the manufacture of quality leather goods and fine craftsmanship. He opened shops in Milan and Rome and in 1952 in New York.
Guccio Gucci, Italian businessman, fashion designer and founder of the Gucci fashion house, died aged 71 in the year 1953 On This Day.