Fans of Italian luxury brand Gucci will be thrilled to learn that Island Companies and its Islands Jewellers store will soon carry jewellery, timepieces and novelties for women and men from the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 collections.
These latest collections are adorned with rich, vibrant colours and themes like snakes, angry cats, and bumble bees, which Nick Jackson, general manager of Island Companies, says is a reflection of personal style while still paying homage to Gucci’s timeless feel of luxury — as defined by its classic “GG” earrings and necklaces.
Jackson says that many people love Gucci because the collections have a sense of longevity and that the brand appeals to those looking for luxury as well as a fresh view on timeless designs.
“Gucci pieces are viewed as an investment that can last a number of seasons,” he says, adding that the collections are just lightly tweaked from season to season, which makes it seamless for clients to add to their existing Gucci collections.
Founded in 1921 in Florence, Italy, Gucci has grown into one of the top global brands in the world and has undergone unprecedented growth since Italian fashion designer Alessandro Michele was appointed creative director in 2015.
Not long after Michele’s appointment, the luxury brand was valued at US$12.4 billion in May 2015. Sales increased by 43.4 per cent during the 2016 fiscal year, with an operating profit just shy of $1.1 billion in the first half of 2017.
Michele is responsible for all of Gucci’s collections and global brand image and his quirky, eccentric style has made an impactful imprint. From flora and fauna motifs to vintage-inspired handicrafts, Michele likes to pay homage to the past as well as the future; and many fashion experts say he approaches modern fashion with a historical eye.
Often referred to as a renaissance man, Michele has been compared to the young and little-known Tom Ford who was appointed Gucci’s creative director in 1994 during a time when the brand was struggling. Michele’s approach to design has not only revitalised the brand within the luxury segment, but has garnered him an almost cult-following among fashionistas.
“It is becoming the brand to be seen wearing,” says Jackson.