The inauguration in Via delle Caldaie in Florence marks another major milestone in the House's 100th anniversary celebrations. The archive has found a new home in Palazzo Settimanni, which dates back to the 15th century, and is located in the Santo Spirito neighbourhood, commonly referred to as ""Oltrarno"", on the left bank of the Arno River. Acquired by Gucci in 1953, this special location has served as a factory, workshop, and showroom.
The archive is divided into themed rooms, named after the mantra-like words that are part of Alessandro Michele's lexicon—words chosen to denote certain stages in his creative journey.
Valerie Steele, director and curator of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, who collaborated on the layout and curation of the public spaces, said: “Archives are based on the drive to collect and categorize objects from the past, not because of any nostalgia, but because the style of objects changes over time. This relation to time means that a brand like Gucci, which has a 100-year history, develops archives in order to keep a tangible cultural heritage alive, now and for the future.”