Guccio Gucci

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Guccio Gucci
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Born26 March 1881
Died2 January 1953(1953-01-02) (aged 71)
West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Known forFounder of Gucci
Spouse(s)Aida Calvelli

Guccio Gucci (26 March 1881 – 2 January 1953) was an Italian-British businessman and fashion designer. He is most known for being the founder of the fashion house of Gucci.


Early life

Guccio was born in Florence, Tuscany. He is the son of a Tuscan leather craftsman from the country's central manufacturing region. [1]


As a teenager in the early 1900s, Guccio Gucci was a lift boy at the Savoy Hotel in London. Inspired by the elegant upper-class guests and by luggage companies such as H. J. Cave & Sons, he returned to Florence and started making travel bags and accessories. In 1921, he founded the House of Gucci in Florence [2] [3] as a small family-owned leather shop. He began selling leather bags to horsemen in the 1920s. As a young man, he rapidly built a reputation for quality, hiring the best craftsmen he could find to work in his atelier. [4] In 1938, Gucci expanded his business to Rome and soon, his one-man business turned into a family business, when his sons Aldo, Vasco, Ugo and Rodolfo, a former actor, joined the company.

In 1951, Gucci opened their store in Milan and two years later, the company expanded overseas with the opening of the Manhattan store. [2]

Personal life

Gucci and his wife, Aida Calvelli, had six children. His sons (Vasco, Aldo, Ugo and Rodolfo) held prominent roles in his company. In his final years, he lived near Rusper, in West Sussex.

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