Gucci Celebrates 70 years of the Horsebit Loafers

Celebrating 70 years of the Horsebit Loafer

The Horsebit loafers have reigned supreme in the Gucci fashion kingdom since their debut in 1953. These iconic shoes embody the epitome of timeless Italian craftsmanship, serving as a proud symbol of the fashion house’s rich legacy. Fashion darlings across the globe have recognised the Horsebit loafers as a must-have item, as they are not swayed by fleeting trends and stand the test of time.

A Look at the Gucci Horsebit Loafer

 

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Taken from a press statement, “Today, 70 years after it was introduced, Paul Mescal and Xiao Zhan are each captured wearing the original style, portraying how the Horsebit Loafer has anchored the heritage of the House in a legacy of ingenuity, continuing to inspire generation after generation.”

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In Gucci’s latest campaign, Paul Mescal and Xiao Zhan wear the Horsebit Loafers in all its glory, highlighting its journey in the last 70 years.

 

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Following his father Guccio Gucci’s death in 1953, newly appointed chairman Aldo Gucci was inspired to create a pair of loafers after a trip to New York, where he took notice of its popularity in America.

Upon Aldo’s return to Italy and inspired by the Equestrian lifestyle, the Horsebit Loafers were born.

Gucci’s simple reimagination of the loafer captivated many, making it a wardrobe staple that has consistently remained a favourite for 70 years.

In 2023, Sabato De Sarno presented a pair of platform Horsebit loafers as a part of his first collection as Gucci’s creative director. Throughout these different versions of the loafers, the prominent horse-bit remains, highlighting their versatility and ability to be adapted to different variations that the world has seen over the years.

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A beloved among some of our favourite style icons, the Horsebit loafers have also been sported by A-listers such as Jane Birkin, Sophia Loren, Gigi Hadid, Hailey Bieber and Zoë Kravitz. The Loafers have also made their way to the Big Screens, with appearances in The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, and The Talented Mr Ripley, starring Matt Damon, among other films.

For the last 70 years, the Horsebit loafers have exuded style, comfort, and longevity, being a product of the finest materials. As a designer label, Gucci’s vision for a pair of simple loafers has translated into a worldwide symbol of high fashion that will continue to live up to its title for years to come.

 

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