Quietly could be said that the Gucci they are a powerful Italian family full of conflicts. The various economic cycles that spanned over time, adds up the murder of Maurizio Gucci, one of the members of the clan, in the hands of his ex-wifewhat became of this crime in one of the scandals of the world’s largest fashion.
The story now will come the film directed by the famous Ridley Scott (Gladiator and Thelma & Louiseamong other exitazos) and with Lady Gaga as the protagonist. And although the film does not yet have a release date by the pandemic, promises not to go unnoticed.
Gucci it is today one of the biggest names in the world of luxury and his pieces are objects of desire for all fashion lovers, who can access their prices. However, the history of the brand was not always a garden of roses.
Maurizio Gucci and his wife Patrizia. Photo: AP
Guccio Gucci, the founder of the firm, was born march 26, 1881. While working in the Savoy hotel in London began to pay attention to the luggage. Decided, he returned to his Florence home to learn the trade of leather goods. In 1921 he managed to open his first store of leather accessories, that quickly gained popularity in the equestrian world for the quality of their products.
Rodolfo Gucci was distrustful of the wife of his son Maurizio. He believed that Patrizia Reggiani only wanted the family fortune.
Guccio was not able to see the expansion of his business: he died 15 days after he opened his first store in New York. Could not enjoy the first stage of gold of the brand, which was quickly accepted by american consumers.
After his death, everything seemed to be going very well. However, there was a strong internal family within the company. Aldo and Rodolfo, the sons of Guccio, split the company into equal parts, reluctantly, since there was a lot of rivalry between the brothers. Rodolfo acted and it was not dedicated to the company. Aldo reprimanded up to create a subsidiary of perfumes and stay with the 80% of the firm.
After the death of Rudolph, his son, Maurizio received half of the shares, but when it came to running the company, their cousins accused him of having forged the titles of paternal and he had to flee to Switzerland to avoid jail. Acquitted of the charges, in 1987, he returned to the attack. Went back to the bad press the family, which was fascinated by the yellow journalism Italianwhile Aldo withdrew and sold its shares.
But “break free” of his uncle was not around. The heir of Gucci was married to Patrizia Reggiani. Together protagonizaban a love story in the best style Capulets and Montescosto which his father Rudolf was opposed until the day of his death. I suspected that she only wanted the family fortune Gucci.
Patrizia Reggiani, responsible for the murder of her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci. Photo: AP.
The subject went so far as to intervene the cardinal of Milan to prevent the marriage, something that did not happen. Despite all the impediments, they married and were happy, at least for the first ten years. Then my parents divorced.
The company, for its part, began to have financial problems and despite the changes, did not improve. The Gulf War also seriously affected the luxury market, all of this plus that Maurizio was a bon vivant I enjoyed extravagances, among which stood out the yacht bought a mogul Greek, several Ferrari and mansions in different parts of the planet.
The Italian firm was on the verge of bankruptcy until you came Tom Ford to re-live it. The designer from texas he managed to combine the classic spirit of the brand with a sex appeal that dazzled all.
The heir. The current designer of Gucci, Alessandro Michele, with Lana Del Rey and Jared Leto, at the gala of the MET. Photo: AFP.
Of his hand, they came to Gucci great personalities of the fashion like photographer Mario Testino and stylist Carine Roitfeld. The success had returned to the Italian firm in 1994, and Maurizio decided to sell their shares to the company Arabic Investsorpwhile she enjoyed the company of a new partner, Paola Franchi.
I was ready to start living your legacy, away from the family business that so many conflicts it had generated. All of this made Patrizia, obsessed by care for the good fortune that in the future they would inherit the two daughters he had with Gucci, to reappear.
She was convinced that her former husband would squander the fortune he had obtained and was willing to do anything for this not to happen.
The march 27, 1995, at 8.30, Maurizio was assassinated of three shots when he came to his office in Milan, while he was ascending the stairs. At the beginning we investigated the mafia and until the company Arabic that acquired Gucci, but he soon discovered that behind the crime was Patrizia Reggini.
Maurizio Gucci was gunned down in his office, in march of 1995. Just sell your signature. Photo: AP.
We had hired a hit man, advised by a seer neapolitan. Completed 18 years behind bars. It was not the only one: the killer and the tarot reader also met condemnation by the media murder. And although Reggini could have come out of prison in 2011, he rejected the offer because he was not willing to work: “Not what I did in my life and I don’t intend to start now”, he said.
The hitman hired by patricia for the assassination of Maurizio, assisted by a sighted person. All ended up in prison. Photo: AP.
The most striking thing was that, after serving the sentence, the Italian courts considered that it was, by their prenuptial agreement, a million dollars a year retrospectively, which led to a legal battle with his daughters, who, outraged, refused to receive a penny from his father murdered. Patrizia currently works as a consultant in a jewelry store, far away from the jet set.