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La Dolce Vita

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In celebration of the 90th anniversary of Gucci, Riva, in collaboration with Officina Italiana Design, the design company which created the original Aquariva in 2000, are proud to unveil the exclusive made to order “Aquariva by Gucci.” This sexy boat, customized by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, has been in Miami for the Boat Show (through February 21) and next month will be at the Palm Beach Boat Show (March 24-27).

This unique collaboration between two of Italy's most renowned design houses celebrates the era of La Dolce Vita, when a joie de vivre, glamour and elegance defined an attitude and a lifestyle. In their respective sectors, Gucci and Riva have similar stories, each with a tradition of excellence in design and craftsmanship that has led to international notoriety. According to Giannini, “Over the decades the iconic Riva boat has become without doubt one of the most evocative images of Italian style, sophistication and elegance. It is a symbol of a glamorous lifestyle that sparks fond memories of La Dolce Vita—a golden age when both Gucci and Riva attracted an enthusiastic following among the international jet set. It is therefore especially meaningful in Gucci's 90th anniversary year to be able to recognise and celebrate the great traditions and values of both Gucci and Riva through the Aquariva by Gucci."

Founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921, Gucci won ever greater attention and acclaim for the exquisite craftsmanship and eternal appeal of its products. Now, 90 years on, under the creative direction of Frida Giannini, the House continues to infuse its remarkable heritage with a contemporary fashion vision providing a unique combination of past and present.

Likewise, for Riva the values behind its almost 170-year success story were established at its birth in 1842 on Lake Iseo in northern Italy. Tradition and innovation combine to create authentic maritime gems that are an expression of pure Italian elegance and allure thanks to artisan workmanship and attention to detail, employing only the finest materials.

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