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Alessan­dro Michele’s assertive trade­marks aren’t lim­ited to Gucci’s sturdy-heeled shoes or jack­ets with ex­pertly cut sleeves. The brand re­cently un­veiled Gucci Dé­cor, a col­lec­tion of items de­signed to adorn liv­ing rooms and dress­ing ta­bles while shar­ing the vi­brancy that has come to dis­tin­guish his wear­able pieces. “He loves abun­dance,” says Neiman Mar­cus’s Ken Down­ing. “[He has an] abil­ity to cre­ate this ro­man­tic, ef­fu­sive abun­dance that cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion and draws you in.” That ex­trav­a­gant sen­si­bil­ity lends it­self es­pe­cially well to dé­cor; it’s easy to imag­ine a sin­gle state­ment piece ac­cent­ing an oth­er­wise un­der­stated room. The col­lec­tion in­cludes or­na­men­tal pil­lows, trays, richly lac­quered chairs with em­broi­dered cush­ions, and small ta­bles, all made in Italy. It fea­tures many of Michele’s bold sig­na­tures: em­broi­dered im­ages of an­i­mals, such as slith­er­ing ser­pents or roar­ing lions; the use of rich vel­vet; and a vivid pal­ette that in­cludes colors im­mutably as­so­ci­ated with Gucci’s her­itage, like crim­son red and bright green. Among the line’s stand­outs are the deeply scented can­dles en­cased in dec­o­ra­tive porce­lain ves­sels (which are de­signed to be keep­sakes long af­ter the fra­grant wax has burned off). The el­e­gant con­tain­ers are made by Richard Gi­nori, a cen­turies-old pro­ducer of china, founded, like Gucci, in Florence. Gi­nori is, not coin­ci­den­tally, owned by the same par­ent com­pany, and for the last few years Michele has over­seen that brand’s cre­ative di­rec­tion in ad­di­tion to his du­ties at Gucci. gucci.com

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