Gucci Fall Handbags. Fashion designer and founder of the Gucci firm, Guccio Gucci, was born in Florence, Italy. He opened his first shop in Florence in 1920, becoming known for his leather craftsmanship and accessories. His four sons joined the firm, and in 1953 (the year he died) the first overseas shop opened in New York City. Gucci’s grandson, Maurizio oversaw the resurrection of the firm in the 1980s, and became group president in 1989.
Gucci Hysteria Clutch
Metallic leather style with a wristlet strap and signature metal Gucci crest detail.
• 10″W X 3″H X 5½”D
• Goldtone hardware
• One inside pocket
• Top zip closure
• Made in Italy
Beginning in 1990, American designer Tom Ford transformed the dormant Italian luxury brand into a billion-dollar empire of interlocking Gs. Along with Gucci’s CEO Domenico De Sole, Ford effected an astonishingly successful turnaround in a relatively short time.
Gucci Crystal Patent Clutch
Evening bag in shiny leather with gold buckle detail.
About 8¼”W X 3½”H X 1¾”D
The breakout collection for Tom Ford was fall 1995, where his brightly colored fitted coats over satin shirts (unbuttoned to show cleavage) and hip-hugger pants pretty much changed the way fashion looked overnight and established Ford as an international tastemaker – a role the good-looking former actor embraced enthusiastically.
Gucci Babouska Evening Bag
Slim leather bag accented with a chain strap and signature heart-shaped Gucci crest detail.
• One inside pocket
• Brass hardware
• Snap closure
• 8¾”W X 5″H
Gucci became the preferred wardrobe for international high-powered women and men who believe that sex appeal is an important part of social interaction. But following a series of legal and family disputes, the company was sold to the multinational Investcorp in 1993.
In 1999, the fashion world was riveted and entertained by the business battle that erupted when French luxury group LVMH tried to acquire Gucci. Tom Ford feared that its CEO, Bernard Arnault, would diminish the creative and financial autonomy he and De Sole required.
With Ford’s blessing, rival PPR triumphed, created the Gucci Group, and acquired Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, and Alexander McQueen. But as Ford’s contract ended, he and De Sole battled with PPR’s executives, and both left in April 2004.
Replacing Ford wasn’t easy. Alessandra Fachinetti, the first successor, quit after two seasons and was replaced by another in-house designer, Frida Ginanni, whose collections are selling well, but have yet to receive Ford-level raves.