2011 : Gucci opens its own museum inside Florence’s Palazzo della Mercanzia, only steps from the Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s David.
1881 : Guccio Gucci born, the son of a struggling straw-hat maker, in Florence, Italy. As a teenager he will head to London and find work as a bellboy at the Savoy Hotel. According to family legend, during his youthful travels around Europe, he will become aware that the wealthy favor Tuscan luggage for its fine workmanship.
1990 : Eighty-four-year-old Aldo Gucci dies in Rome. Dawn Mello will hire a young designer from New York called Tom Ford (at the time working at Perry Ellis under Marc Jacobs) to work under design director Richard Lamberston on women’s ready-to-wear. Following cutbacks, Ford soon finds himself also designing menswear, as well as shoes and handbags.
1967 : Paolo designs Gucci’s first ready-to-wear looks in conjunction with a new line of suitcases. “It was my son Paolo’s idea,” Aldo will tell The New York Times in 1970. “He came to me one day and said, ‘Daddy, what do you think?’ and I said, ‘Why not?’ I will enjoy seeing a charming lady dressed in Gucci from head to toe.”