The perfect wardrobe

Gucci is stepping up its presence in India. Find out what’s on offer.

Bibek Bhattacharya        Print Edition: May 4, 2008

“I spend most of my time saying no,” laughs Mark Lee, CEO of Gucci, one of the most iconic luxury brands in the world. He receives some absurd offers (like outsourcing) every day. But being at the helm of a proud brand, he has to turn them all down. Today, Gucci is a highly streamlined fashion house that prides itself on its all-Italian heritage, from manufacturing to design. With stores in Delhi and Mumbai and one in Bangalore opening soon, is India ready for Gucci? Mark Lee won’t say no to that.

The Gucci story

When the Gucci loafer was displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1985, it was a fitting tribute to an iconic shoe and a legendary brand. Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in 1921. Little did he know then that the double-G pattern would become one of the best symbols of luxury.

There’s something about Gucci that elevates the brand beyond just fashion. Be it the classic loafer with the gleaming horse-bit buckle, or the signature canvas bags that its owners never check in when flying, it is a brand that has defined luxury through the decades.

Though the lustre faded a bit in the ‘80s, Gucci came storming back onto the catwalks and high streets in the mid-’90s, thanks to then Creative Director Tom Ford, who plotted its rebirth as the epitome of jet-set decadence. And if Gucci is making waves on the catwalk, it has also been posting record turnovers over the last three years, powered by the traditional canvas bags, leather goods, and now, a ready-to-wear line. Not bad for an 87-year-old.

 

A Gucci dresser
Mark Lee CEO I Gucci

Shirt...................... Price: Rs 12,900
Tie........................ Price: Rs 7,600
Two-button suit....Price: Rs 80,000
Bag....................... Price on request
Shoes.................... Price: Rs 22,950


Know your CEO


A Californian by birth (you probably know that), here are a few things about Mark Lee you might not know:

Favourite Music: Singers like Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys. Loves Soul music

Favourite Film: Casablanca. When asked if it was also because of the clothes, he grins. “Let’s keep fashion out of the movies”
Favourite Cuisine: Loves spicy food

Favourite Mantra: Brand is king!

Available at: The Gucci Store, The Oberoi, Delhi, and Galleria, Hilton Towers, Mumbai 

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