Tod’s has recently appointed Matteo Tamburini as its new Creative director. This pivotal decision marks a new era for Tod’s as Tamburini brings his unique vision and expertise to oversee both the men’s and women’s collections. The move follows the departure of Walter Chiapponi, who made a significant impact on the brand before leaving to join Blumarine.
Matteo Tamburini is not new to the world of high-end style. Born in 1982 in Urbino, Italy, Tamburini’s fashion credentials are impressive, having honed his skills at Bottega Veneta since 2017. His appointment at Tod’s is a homecoming of sorts, in keeping with his roots and the brand’s heritage. “I am honored and excited to join the Tod’s family and become part of a brand that is so closely tied to my origins and memories,” Tamburini expressed. His connection to Tod’s values and pursuit of high quality and style is expected to bring a fresh perspective to the brand’s future collections.
Tamburini’s first task at Tod’s will be to present his first collection for the Fall/Winter 2024 season at Milan Fashion Week in February. Diego Della Valle, Chairman and CEO of the Tod’s Group, which also owns Roger Vivier, Hogan and Fay, expressed his confidence in Tamburini: “His modern vision of high-quality and Italian lifestyle will definitely bring an added value to our brand. Tamburini will coordinate a creative team of highly skilled people with an in-depth understanding of the luxury world.”
The synergy between Tamburini and Tod’s seems like a match made in fashion heaven. Both have a history with Bottega Veneta, where Tamburini worked alongside Chiapponi and former Creative director Tomas Maier. Bottega Veneta, known for its artisanal leather goods and iconic Intrecciato weave, shares a similar ethos with Tod’s, which is known for its leather craftsmanship. This shared background suggests that Tamburini is well equipped to lead Tod’s with a deep understanding of luxury leather goods, a cornerstone of Tod’s heritage.
Tamburini’s arrival marks a turning point for Tod’s. Since the departure of Alessandra Facchinetti in 2016, the brand has been searching for a Creative director for its women’s collections. Chiapponi’s tenure, overseeing both women’s and men’s collections, followed, and now, with Tamburini at the helm, Tod’s is poised for an exciting transformation.