Gucci is a brand that under the direction of former creative director Tom Ford has begun to put its signature on a lot of things that have nothing to do with fashion, such as hand weights, dog bowls, and yoga mats. From that period dates also this pair of silver-plated Gucci handcuffs, designed by Tom Ford almost 20 years ago in 1998.
They popped up on the resale site Grailed for the astounding price of $65,000.
But, these cuffs are not just any ordinary handcuffs, they have a history of their own. According to the press of that time, Ford designed these handcuffs to send a message to Patrizia Gucci, who was convicted of ordering the murder of her ex-husband and the former head of the fashion house, Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci.
The cuffs were displayed in the window of the Gucci flagship in Florence on the day of Patrizia’s sentencing, an act which The Independent called “a sign, if one were needed, that the world of high fashion has no use for ugly family feuds, except as a source of dark, sardonic humour.”