Almost exactly a year ago, Derek Lam mysteriously parted ways with Tod's. Lam's relationship with the brand began when he did a capsule collection in 2005 and evolved into a creative director position for the entire brand. A few outlets speculated that Lam was let go to make room for John Galliano and there hasn't really been any solid news about the brand since, until today.
Tod's has announced that Alessandra Facchinetti will take over as creative director beginning next month. While not a household name herself, the Italian designer has worked for several. Beginning in 1994, she was designer and coordinator at Miu Miu; she then joined Gucci Group as Design Director of women‘s ready-to-wear in 2000; launched “Gamme Rouge” for Moncler in 2006; joined Valentino as head designer in 2008; and launched her first personal project in 2010. So, suffice it to say she has some experience. And we're excited to see where Tod's goes from here. Could it come to rival some of Facchinetti's former employers?
Diego Della Valle, president of Tod's Group, stated, "Alessandra Facchinetti is a very talented woman. Her passion for detail and her dedication to the research of materials and manufacturing make her perfect for our brand, which has always been very attentive to quality and Made in Italy."
Facchinetti, herself, added, “As an Italian designer, I feel very honored to take up such an important role for a brand that--with the highest quality and refinement--helps to keep up the prestige of Made in Italy in the world.”
Interesting that both Della Valle and Fachinetti are stressing "made in Italy" at a time when the value of that label is increasingly in question.
Now if only they'd tell us something about that other Diego Della Valle-owned label, Schiaparelli...