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You can call it this year’s most important fashion appointment. Known for impeccably carved shoes and exquisite leather products, Italian brand Tod’s has named a new creative director, Walter Chiapponi. After the brand’s menswear former creative director, Andrea Incontri parted ways in June this year, the search for a suitable creative leadership was on. Incotri, who joined Tod’s in 2013 as its menswear collaborator, soon rose to the rank of becoming menswear creative director in 2014. He can be credited for lending his minimal chic aesthetic to the brand. Chiapponi, who comes with an industry heavy experience, he expected to bring excellence in terms of Italian finesse to the brand. 

Walter Chiapponi
Walter Chiapponi

The 41-year-old Italian Chiapponi made his name working at senior designer roles at top luxury giants in the country from Valentino to Gucci and Miu Miu. His latest stint? Design Director at Bottega Veneta, where he spent two years working alongside the brand’s former creative director, Tomas Maier.

With such a solid background in Italian fashion, it’s no wonder why Diego Della Valle, President of Tod’s Group, has  high hopes for Chiapponi, complimenting him as “a talented Italian creative who knows and is able to combine Tod’s Italian lifestyle with a touch of modernity without ever losing sight of the high quality and craftsmanship that represents the brand’s DNA.”

Chiapponi, meanwhile, also responded with great enthusiasm: “Tod’s is a brand that has always represented an excellence in the international panorama of Italian quality and style. Being able to contribute to the development of this Italian lifestyle is, for me, a challenge and a reason to be proud.”

His first creations for the house will be featured in the Fall/Winter 2020 collection, which is scheduled to hit stores in the third quarter of 2020. “It is a great honor to work for this Group. Tod’s is a brand that has always represented an excellence in the international panorama of Italian quality and style. Being able to contribute to the development of this Italian lifestyle is, for me, a challenge and a reason to be proud.” said Chiapponi.

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore

Beatrice Bowers

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