The Italian high-end fashion label Gucci has announced it will begin accepting cryptocurrency payments by the end of the month in five of its United States stores, with plans to extend the service to all of its 111 stores in North America.
Gucci will accept 12 cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), Wrapped Bitcoin (wBTC), Litecoin (LTC), Shiba Inu (SHIB), Dogecoin (DOGE) and five U.S. dollar stablecoins, according to Vogue Business.
Customers paying with crypto in-store at the pilot locations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta and Las Vegas will be sent an email with a QR code to pay via their digital asset wallet. Employees have started to undertake training and education on crypto, nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and Web3 in preparation for the launch.
Gucci has recently been on a Web3 adoption spree with two NFT collections launched in 2022 — the “SUPERGUCCI” collection in February in collaboration with toy brand SUPERPLASTIC, and the “Gucci Grail” collection in March targeting owners of existing blue-chip NFT projects such as Bored Ape Yacht Club, Pudgy Penguins and World of Women.
Its first-ever NFT was a four-minute film titled Aria that took inspiration from its clothing collection of the same name that sold for $25,000 in June 2021 in an online auction hosted by Christie’s.
Gucci has further expanded into Web3 through its purchase of virtual land in The Sandbox in February to develop a virtual retail experience mirroring its Vault e-store.
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— The Sandbox (@TheSandboxGame) February 9, 2022
The Gucci Vault is an online concept store representing “Gucci’s presence in the Metaverse,” featuring a curated selection by its creative director of rare vintage Gucci pieces.
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Crypto is luxury
High-end brands have been jumping into the crypto and Web3 space. In March, the fashion label Off-white started accepting payment with six cryptos in its flagship stores in Paris, Milan and London.
Off-white is majority-owned by LVMH, which has seen its share of Web3 adoption, releasing NFTs under its Hennessy, Bulgari and Louis Vuitton brands in the past.
LVMH’s luxury watch brand Hublot released a limited edition collection that could only be purchased using Bitcoin. More recently, the brand partnered with cold wallet provider Ledger to launch a limited edition watch and Ledger Nano X in February.
Watch brands Franck Muller and Norgain, along with fashion label Phillipp Plein, all accept crypto, and even car dealerships and car manufacturers are accepting digital assets for high-end vehicles.
The luxury fitness company Equinox Group started accepting crypto payments for its New York City-based clubs on Tuesday, with yearly memberships starting just under 1.4 ETH, or $4,044 at the time of writing.