Where History & Luxury Collide
Gucci: The Stallion of Handbags
Watch any Hollywood awards show or film festival gala and, chances are, you’ll see a movie star touting a Gucci Handbag. With fans spanning from Jennifer Lopez and Madonna to Blake Lively and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, Gucci is a brand that has defined a fashion culture. Those little GG symbols spell out glitz and glam.
Guccio Gucci founded the company in Florence, Italy in 1921 as a fine leather goods and luggage store, hoping to mix Italian craftsmanship with European design. Gucci frequently vacationed among equestrians, who demanded only the most luxurious riding gear for their pricey steeds. With that in mind, Gucci decided to design pony themed handbags. He created the Horsebit, which gave way to leather saddle-stitched handbags.
Horsebit flourishes later paved the way for the Snaffles. Contrary to many assumptions, Snaffles is not a character from Fraggle Rock. It is a small, classy accessory that looks like a miniature Horsebit. Gucci moccasin loafers, featuring the Snaffle, were famously worn by the likes of Fred Astaire, Clark Gable, and John Wayne. Once the Snaffle was introduced on its own eponymous line of handbags, Gucci found a name as one of the premiere purse-makers in the world.
GG is Reserved for VIP
Guccio Gucci was one of the very first fashion designers to create handbags out of unlikely material that is usually reserved for hippie concert goers, including hemp, linen, and jute. Other famed entries include its compact bamboo-handle purse and the Flora canvas bag line, which made those frumpy floral patterns a hot trend. Women itching to get a dose of Kennedy class prefers The “Jackie,” a shoulder purse that was frequently worn by Jackie O. The “Jackie” is still one of the most-produced designs in Gucci history.
Gucci handbags were in such high demand by the 1970s that the private room in its Beverly Hills store only granted access to VIPs like Rita Hayworth. Before Michael Caine was granted access to the top-secret Bat Cave, he enjoyed his Gucci VIP private room pass.
The Growth of Gucci
Once Tom Ford was appointed Creative Director in 1994, Gucci was reinvigorated with a sense of luxury and provocation that resonated with celebrities. It was seen on the arm of high profile celebrities such as Madonna and Princess Diana. In 1995, Gucci went public and by 1998 it was named “European Company of the Year”. It didn’t stop there. In 1999, the company partnered with Pinault-Printemps-Redoute creating a multi-brand luxury group.
In the 2000’s, Gucci became a global success. With yet another new creative director, they were able to mix history and modern designs to create a brand everyone knew and everyone wanted a part of. In 2007, they were named “the most desirable luxury brand in the world”, an honor any top designer would love to receive. Today the brand continues to strengthen, as it remains tight to its core Italian values of luxury, craftsmanship, and exclusivity. Launching a children’s line and become more environmentally conscious, the brand is positioning itself well to continue to be one of the top luxury brands in the world for years to come.
A Rising Star in the Fashion World
Gucci is a well-known brand and its reputation is well-earned within the fashion industry. A brilliant design team and an expert marketing department have transformed the brand into a household name. The mere mention of the name conveys quality, craftsmanship and refined elegance. Over the past decade, the value of Gucci pieces has risen sharply and there appears to be no limit to how high it might rise. This makes Gucci items among the best items to pawn as they retain their value remarkably well.
Do Pawn Shops Take Purses?
Not all pawn shops buy purses; however, our online luxury exchange is a pawn shop that buys designer handbags. Our skilled staff members have the education, experience, and skill to examine each Gucci handbag and determine its precise value. This allows us to offer our clients small business loans and pawn loans for their luxury purses, watches and other items from the world’s premier designers. If you are interested in learning more about how to pawn designer handbags, we invite you to contact us to request a free, no-obligation evaluation of your luxury items. We will be happy to explain the simple and secure processes we use to provide our clients with the money they need from an online luxury exchange they trust and depend on.