I finished reading The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed. It was a wonderful book that told the real stories of the ups and downs of the Gucci family business, the murder of Maurizio Gucci, and how Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole brought the company out of hard times. It was extremely specific about all the intricate business transactions, legal and not so legal. This complex story was written by Sarah Gay Forden in which she interviewed 100 people including living Gucci family members, Gucci creative director Tom Ford and former creative director Dawn Mello, Gucci's CEO Domenico De Sole, and lawyers from Patrizia Reggiani's murder trial. It was so interesting I couldn't put it down.
On page 200 Forden writes about some of the debts that built up between the Gucci sister companies and how Dawn Mello, the creative director at the time, was designing higher-priced and higher-quality goods, and De Sole protested saying, "How were we going to sell thousand-dollar hangbags in Kansas City?" I just thought that was funny considering I live in Kansas City.
Another thing in the book that I thought was great when Tom Ford's former assistant, Junichi Hakamaki, was quoted saying, "His (Tom Ford) antenna was always out, he always looked for the next thing." Hakamaki recalled how Ford constantly fed his small design team with old movies, tear sheets from magazines, and objects from flea markets, showing colors, styles, and images he felt were right for Gucci. If you read my 9 Goals for 2009 post you would know that I am somewhat obsessive about my magazine tear sheets...maybe I'm on to something!