The House of Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in 1921. Inspired by the beautiful luggage he had seen travelers carrying while working at the Savoy Hotel in London, Gucci returned to Florence with a goal of combining the refined elegance of the wealthy travelers he observed with the fine craftmanship of traditional Florentine artisans.
The company's first fragrance, Gucci No. 1 for women, was introduced in 1974. A series of fragrances for men and women have since been launched, with many taking legendary status amongst perfume collectors, including Gucci 3 and L'Arte di Gucci. Tom Ford served as the company's creator director in mid-90s through the early 21st century. Creative director Frida Giannini took over for Ford and since 2015, Alessandro Michele has been at the helm.