The story of the Gucci loafer starts right after the first world war, when a young man named Guccio Gucci was working at the famous Savoy Hotel. During his time there he overheard the elite chatting about horses, racing and polo. It was not too long before Guccio Gucci realised the equestrian world was adored among the upper-class. This was one of the things that would enspire Gucci for the rest of his life and soon after his time at the Savoy he openened a leather goods store in Florence.Credit: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
The new generation
In 1953 it was time for the next generation to take over the reins. Guccio's son, Aldo Gucci, designed the very first loafer. Inspired by the tales of his father he added a horse bit to the op the shoe. The loafer quickly became very famous, especially among the jet set.
60 years later the loafer has become an icon of its own. The design has been changed over the years but the aura of the loafer still remains as strong as ever. While the horse bit is still present, the nose of the shoe has changed. The tip was originally round but has become more square. The Italian fashion house has recently celebrated its 60th anniversary and the loafers now hold a permanent spot in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.