At the end of the 19th century, Guccio Gucci worked at exclusive hotels in London and in Paris . Impressed with the luxurious luggage of the guests, Gucci returned to Florence, where he set up shop and produced and sold the type of fine leather goods that he saw during his time abroad. The offerings of the early Gucci store were simple and only included leather items such as luggage, accessories, handbags, and shoes. In time, and based on their popularity among movies stars and jet-set travelers, Gucci products became known worldwide as an international status symbol. As a result, Gucci became a staple of lifestyle magazines around the world.