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.
1952 : Aldo travels to New York with his brothers Rodolfo and Vasco. With the help of an American lawyer, Frank Dugan, they set up Gucci Shops Inc., which will own the rights to the Gucci trademark in the U.S. They also open their first American store on East Fifty-eighth Street, around the corner from Fifth Avenue. Paolo Gucci, Aldo’s youngest son, begins working as a designer under Vasco in Florence.
1992 : Richard Lamberston leaves. Ford promoted to design director; because of Gucci’s house rules, he works incognito, behind the scenes.
1959 : The store in Rome moves to a new location on the Via Condotti, where it will remain.