By  on July 21, 2008

While she chose not to use her famous surname on the label of her luxury handbag line, AG Limited Editions, there is no doubt that Alessandra Gucci is deeply influenced by her family's welldocumented past. Gucci, 32, peppers her conversation with references to those relatives who shaped her the most while growing up: her late father, Maurizio, and her late grandfather Rodolfo, who built Gucci (founded by his father, Guccio) into a major luxury label. The designer has inherited their passion for leather goods, even naming her three handbag styles after the two men and herself.

Of course, the Gucci family is well-known for more than just luxury goods. In 1998, her mother, Patrizia Reggiani, was convicted of hiring a hit man to kill Maurizio, and Gucci herself is understandably reluctant to discuss this diffi cult chapter. "I think people already know about my past, and my company is a new story," she says. "I didn't want to even call my company Gucci, because I wanted to create my own brand, and do the job by myself."

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