An Italian icon continues to peddle top-of-the-line clothing, shoes and accessories.. In Short Employees wait courteously and expectantly on an affluent, international clientele that has kept this high-style house in business since the 1920s. Most of the costly merchandise is showcased on softly lit platforms and suspended racks that give the store a sleek, modern look. In 1921, Guccio Gucci opened a small luggage and saddlery company. Since then, the store has added clothing, accessories, sunglasses, perfume, jewelry and shoes to its top-quality, high-priced ready-to-wear selection.