Women's coat; of dark red suede with lynx fur trim: wide shawl collar, and long sleeves trimmed with fur; wrap front, with attached belt with signature "G" metal buckle in gold ,red and green that attached at the proper left waist; below knee length; slightly flared skirt; hem is trimmed with fur.
Ms. Lenore Weiss, a Chicago court reporter for over 50 years, purchased this beautiful, classic coat at the Chicago Gucci flagship store a few years after it opened. She wore it to attend social functions in the fall and winter as a dress coat.
Gucci, one of the most sought after luxury brands of the 1970's, began as a leather goods studio in Florence, Italy. The brand came to Michigan Avenue in 1971, first selling accessories and luggage from a store in the Allerton Hotel and then opening a stand-alone boutique at the corner of Michigan and Huron. "Dr. Aldo Gucci decided that the people in Rome, Paris, and New York . . . were not the only ones who could afford his status luggage and fine leathers" commented Chicago Tribune style reporter Genevieve Buck in 1974.