Gucci loafers have become a luxury capsule wardrobe staple loved by fashion people, influencers and celebrities alike. In fact, we can pinpoint the moment their status as a modern classic began to skyrocket to September 2014, during which time they became the unofficial uniform of fashion month. They’ve been the most coveted designer accessory ever since. However, what you might not have realised is that the Gucci loafer is actually 70 years old this year, and has been a mainstay in the wardrobes of those in the know since its inception.
After World War I, the man who would go on to create one of the world’s foremost luxury brands, Guccio Gucci, was working at The Savoy in London. During his time at the establishment, it soon became apparent to him how important equestrianism was to those in the English aristocracy—the racing, the polo, how their lives seemed to revolve around it. When he launched his own namesake leather goods business, he already knew the lucrative potential designing pieces with equestrianism in mind could hold.