#1: Daelim Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Currently housing an exhibition by artist Coco Capitan, the Daelim Museum is located in the Jongno district of Seoul, and currently has on display over 150 works by Gucci’s Spanish collaborator in what is her first solo exhibit in Asia, titled Is It Tomorrow Yet?. If Gucci’s Fall/Winter ’17 viral logo tees, jumpers and hoodies scrawled with Capitan’s favoured witty statements like “What are we going to do with all this future? and “Common sense is not that common” is anything to go by, expect more of her wryly quotidian humour to be on display till end Jan.
#2: Antica Libreria Cascianelli, Rome, Italy
With the recent scent range inspired by old apothecaries that Gucci has put out, it’s not hard to imagine Alessandro Michele in Rome’s Antica Libreria Cascianelli — a bookstore founded in the 1800s — sifting through the yellowed pages of century-old books and curious objects. The old world haunt looks to be everything you’d imagine it to be: blown-glass bookcases lined with first edition tomes ranging literature, history and medicine, a bookshelf that leads into a hidden backroom (said to have hosted secret meetings), and an impressive cast that’ve stepped through its doors — Greta Garbo and Aristotle Onassis to name but a few.
#3: The Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy
This UNESCO World Heritage Site first came up in the 16th century, and was expanded by Italy’s famous Medici and Lorraine families in subsequent years. Now an open-air museum, its peppered with famous sculptures by the likes of Italian sculptors Giambologna and Vincenzo de Rossi, and you’ll even see ‘Michelangelo’s Prisoners’ too, albeit copies — though it used to house the real deal back in the day.
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#4: Hollywood Forever Cemetry, Los Angeles, USA
Essentially the resting place of Hollywood greats, amongst producers, writers, studio owners and actors lies the “Mother of Hollywood”, Daeida Wilcox Beveridge. Beveridge had a prominent role in developing the Hollywood community between the 19th and 20th centuries and, is responsible for the name of the town. Besides being a cemetery (and where Paramount Studios is located), it also hosts events and summer concerts with performers like Bon Iver, Lana Del Ray and Sigur Ros taking the stage. Gucci’s Michele attended a Johnny Ramone tribute in 2016, which saw Hollywood Forever become part of his melange of inspiration for the S/S ’17 season.
#5: Gucci Garden, Florence, Italy
Think of this as a Gucci universe. Opened in Jan 2018, the Gucci Garden is a multi-experience space spanning exhibitions, a store selling location-exclusive Gucci, and a display of the house’s archives. It also has a restaurant by a three-star Michelin chef, the Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura.
#6: Dapper Dan Atelier Studio, New York, USA
If you missed Gucci’s alliance with Dapper Dan (real name: Daniel Day), where have you been? Dan was notoriously the bane of luxury houses in the ’80s having re-appropriated their logos in his designs beloved by hip hop artists and great sporting names — ending up in lawsuits and the shuttering of his Harlem storefront. In Dec 2017, Gucci announced a partnership with Dan to restore his atelier in New York City. Since up and running, its goes back to Dan’s roots of making custom-made garments — now, with Gucci’s patches and fabrics.