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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Gucci's 90th birthday party in Florence earlier this week was more than simply one of the fanciest of all the fancy parties I've been to in the course of this job. It was a show of strength, a flexing of financial and social power, which would have impressed the Medicis.
From the Savoy, where Gucci put us editors up -- a nice touch, since the Gucci story begins with Guccio Gucci, a Florentine immigrant to London who saw the potential in luggage as a status symbol while working as a porter at the Savoy in London -- we were taken for an opening night tour of the Museo Gucci. (More on that in a moment.) After the museum visit, we walked across …