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Inspired by a love for horse racing and an admiration for the elite when establishing the brand, luxury house Gucci’s fundamentals are still incorporated in the label’s original aesthetic today.

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About the designer

Guccio Gucci opened a small store in Florence, Italy in 1921. While inspired by horse racing, he specialised in high-quality leather goods and luggage. Even today, the iconic horse bit detailing is still an identifiable element throughout the house’s collections, embellishing leather goods and classic jewellery with a hint of metal. After Guccio’s death in 1953, his four sons took over the helm. Today, the luxury label is led creatively by Italian designer Alessandro Michele.

Gucci’s eyewear line wasn’t added to the collection until the Seventies, when the label expanded its accessory range. Strong lines are contrasted with bold hues and eccentric embellishments, while retro influences are always within sight.