How Gucci Was Made

Founded on the Italian principles of handcrafted luxury and unadulterated style, the Gucci name carries major fashion-world clout, even—or especially—90 years after its founding. This November, the house is finally putting out a book to take us through all the grit and the glory, mostly glory.

Gucci: The Making Of, edited by creative director Frida Giannini, is a thick, generous offering from Rizzoli, replete with original essays from the fashion-obsessed, including Gucci’s stylist Katie Grand and W’s Stefano Tonchi. Within the monograph’s pages are stunning, rare photographs, love letters to the House of Gucci, and of course a comprehensive brand history.

If that isn’t enough, a luxury edition (bonded-leather slipcase, anyone?) will look exquisite on your coffee table for $200, just over twice the original’s price. At the release of the luxury edition, Gucci will donate $250,000 to UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative.

Insider secrets no more, the intricately fabulous inner workings of one of Italy’s—no, the world’s—finest fashion houses is finally yours to know. Sure, there are other books out there that deal with the more sordid details of the house and family, but c’mon, they don’t have Gucci-tanned leather slipcases.

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