Gucci Gets Back in the Saddle

The fashion house revives an equestrian-inspired shoulder bag that debuted in 1981.

In the late 1800s, a teenage Guccio Gucci left Florence, Italy, and headed off to London, where he found work as a porter at the Savoy Hotel. Fascinated with the lifestyles of its international guests, he was inspired to inaugurate his own brand of leather travel goods. After apprenticing at the historic Milanese luggage manufacturer Franzi, he opened his first atelier in 1921 on Florence’s Via della Vigna Nuova, where he began making his own exquisite steamer trunks using Tuscan and imported leathers; he also designed walking sticks and umbrellas.

With the rise of automobiles during the 1930s, the

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