Gucci, one of the most well-known fashion houses around the globe today, started out as a Florence-based saddler and luggage back in 1906. It wasn't until the late 1930s that the brand's first retail store opened, and in another decade its trademark bamboo-handle leather bag was launched. Then came the Gucci Empire's other classic creations- ties, shoes and luggage-that would have their iconic presence years after. By the 1960s, Gucci was being flaunted by some of the biggest names in Hollywood like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, and it was quick to garner its chic star quotient. It wasn't long before Gucci has extended its presence to the global market, and its portfolio to scarves, jewelry, watches, eyeglasses, cosmetics, perfumes, colognes and ties. Today, the Gucci fashion empire is known for its incomparable luxurious products that are a blend of modern design and traditional Italian styling elements.