Chronicles the rollercoaster ride of Maurizio Gucci, from Guccio Gucci's leather shop in the early 1900s to the Investscorp takeover of the multimillion dollar corporation in 1993 and Maurizio's 1995 murder by his ex-wife.Did Patrizia Reggiani murder her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, in 1995 because his spending was wildly out of control? Did she do it because her glamorous ex was preparing to marry his mistress, Paola Franchi? Or is there a possibility she didn't do it at all? In this gripping account of the ascent, eventual collapse, and resurrection of the Gucci dynasty, Sara Gay Forden takes us behind the scenes of the trial and exposes the passions, the power, and the vulnerabilities of the greatest fashion family of our times.
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 400
Edition: New edition
Publication Date: 21 Mar 2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publication City, Country: New York, United States
Dimensions (cm): 22.9(H) x 15.2(W) x 2.5(S)413
Weight (gm): 413
Author BiographySara Gay Forden is the former Milan bureau chief and business correspondent for Women's Wear Daily. Now editor in chief of the new Italian magazine L'UNA, she lives in Milan with her Italian husband and their young daughter.
Reviews"This gripping book about the empire and murder of Maurizio Gucci ... reveals the ugly truth behind fashion's most fabulous family." -- Glamour
"A business book you will zip through like a novel. ... Forden has whipped up a mixture of family drama and high finance into a tasty and complex narrative." -- The Economist, "A Best Book of the Year"
"Racy, fast-paced. ... Reads like a movie script. ... Hard to put down. ... Forden gets that famous Gucci bar-and-bit between her teeth -and gallops along." -- International Herald Tribune
"A penetrating chronicle of the rise and fall of a family business. ... Even by the Borgia-like standards of the fashion industry, the operatic Guccis were special. Not content with the usual familial stew of love, jealousy and greed, they added tax evasion, bigamy and, yes, murder to the mix." -- Wall Street Journal
"Riveting reading." -- Cosmopolitan
"A riveting account of the talent and creative chaos that built one of the world's great luxury-goods empires--and the egotism, bitter family conflict, and incompetence that nearly destroyed it." -- Bloomberg
"Fashion has never been so dramatic-and dangerous. The saga of three generations of the Gucci family opens with an execution-style murder in Milan and penetrates the world of one of the hottest fashion labels of our time. Fashion insider Sara Forden spins the tale of how a bunch of greedy, bickering Guccis lost control of the empire that made GG synonymous with loafers." -- Teri Agins, author of The End of Fashion
"Glamour, greed, sex, style, and very, very good leather goods -- what more can you ask for (besides a 30 percent discount)?" -- Michael Gross, bestselling author of Model and 740 Park