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Gucci made-to-measure Menswear

James Franco the face of Gucci made-to-measure Menswear

Frida Giannini, Gucci’s creative director, said: “James has an innate ability to fuse classic elegance with contemporary style and interpret formal wear in an individual way.”

According to Gucci, made-to-measure suits will start at £1,900 when the service becomes available in 11 boutiques worldwide by the end of the year. Customers will be able to choose from 178 possible combinations of colours and fabrics.


Gucci Faces Sweatshop Allegations From Employees

Gucci Faces Sweatshop Allegations From Employees

Gucci Store Employees Allege They Were Forced to Ask Permission Before Using Bathroom or Drinking Water. The luxury Italian fashion house has initiated an investigation into local mismanagement. WWD reports:

“The company said it has investigated the complaints and as a result has taken a number of actions, including replacing the senior management involved, as well as the assistant store manager; established a confidential communications channel between sales staff and senior management; strengthened its store management training, and reiterated its guiding principles.”

The employees filing the complaint demanded a $15,000 settlement for unpaid “overtime wages.” Gucci has “rejected the former employees’ request for compensation.”


Gucci Shoes & Shirts go Green!

Gucci Shoes & Shirts go Green!Gucci are another designer brand following the NOHARM lead into high fashion footwear & clothing. Bravo all around!

“Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci, has designed a $185 limited-edition T-shirt made of organic cotton and natural dyes. Sergio Rossi is launching a stiletto shoe called the Eco Pump, whose sole and heel are made of liquid wood.

At Bottega Veneta, there’s a specially-designed environmental tote bag free for customers spending more than $1,500, and Alexander McQueen has come up with a signature scarf featuring a picture of the earth morphed into a skull.

The Gucci Group is going green big time next month, to coincide with the launch of a new movie about the plight of the planet Earth that is being sponsored by Gucci’s parent, France’s PPR Group.

The movie, called “Home,” is by French aerial-photography specialist Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and will be released worldwide on June 5 in movie theaters and on TV in more than 80 countries – and especially online.

Google has agreed to stream the high-definition movie on specially-dedicated YouTube pages for 10 days. In the U.S. it’s being distributed by Fox and will be shown on the National Geographic channel.

At a time when sales of luxury goods are reeling from the economic slump, giving brands a green tinge amounts to a different – but potentially risky – way of keeping them in the public eye.

François-Henri Pinault, the CEO of PPR, whose $13 million sponsorship covered most of the movie’s costs, insists that he’s not supporting the project for its potential effects on business, but as part of a bigger commitment to reduce the company’s environmental impact.

“We’re not doing this for our revenues,” Pinault told Fortune. He acknowledges that there’s a risk for a consumer-goods company putting so much emphasis on ecology since it opens the various brands up to criticism of any production methods or products that don’t meet a high environmental standard.

“No brand is perfect,” Pinault says. “It’ll be the responsibility of the brands not to disappoint.” He gives one example: “I hope Frida (Giannini) will now say no to using fur.”

Whatever the motive, it’s an opportunity that the Gucci brands aren’t letting pass by – and are eager to tell the world about their philanthropy. Profits from most of the products will be donated to a charity that Arthus-Bertrand founded.

Stella McCartney may end up making the biggest splash. A vegetarian who has long refused to use leather or fur in her designs, McCartney is planning to host a special screening of the movie at her store in West Hollywood on June 5 with a range of VIPs in attendance, including Laura Dern, Ben Harper, Anjelica Huston and Salma Hayek – who is married to Pinault.”