Basket, a drawstring bucket in smooth leather,
with or without crystal studs
ANGELES ó Todís, the Italian leather goods empire
built on the success of a luxe, pebble-sole driving
loafer, has a new point of view, and itís all about a
Facchinetti, a veteran of Valentino and Gucci, was
appointed creative director of Todís in February 2013.
With three well-reviewed collections under her belt, she
traveled to Los Angeles recently to share her laid-back
vision for the brand.
day we met, Facchinetti was soaking in the sun on the
VIP terrace at the Todís store on Rodeo Drive. She was
dressed completely in her own designs: black sailor
pants and a black perforated cotton tunic top;
futuristic-looking sunglasses with triangular side-arms
and a chunky, architectural cuff bracelet with a leather
disc framed in metal and crystals.
view inside were pieces from Todís spring 2015
collection, shown on the runway during Milan Fashion
Week. Inspired by an Italian garden, the collection is a
combination of soft silhouettes and even softer leather,
including skirts, shirts and bags in floral patchwork
that nods to the 1970s; perforated leather tunic dresses
with leaf and twig motifs; crisp cotton skirts and tops
in a palm tree print; and a sophisticated denim trouser
bag styles include the Fold, a soft-sided tote with
corners that can fold in for a dressier look or fold out
when you need to fish for your cell phone. It comes in
several neutral hues, with or without flower patchwork.
The Basket is a drawstring bucket in smooth leather,
which comes with or without crystal studs. For the feet,
Facchinetti crossed the driving loafer with an
espadrille and put a crystal safety pin on top for a
chic, utilitarian embellishment.
ready-to-wear collection is available in 15 Todís
stores worldwide, including the Rodeo Drive boutique.
Shoes start at $425, bags start at $850, and clothing
starts at $625.
sat down with the designer for a few minutes to chat
about her new take on Todís.
most people think of the Todís brand, they think basic
and sporty ó and maybe Princess Diana, who really
helped put the driving loafer and Todís tote bag on
the map. What are you bringing thatís new and
of my work centers around leather, which to our customer
before had just been related to the bags and shoes. Weíre
trying to treat it more like fabric and create a sporty
and sophisticated vision for the clothes, but with a
feminine edge. Weíre also doing some experimental
things that combine artisanal touches and new
technology. But everything is casual and comfortable.
have designed for lots of different brands. What made
like the realistic point of view. They donít scream
anything. They are just concentrating on making
beautiful things with quality. Everything has to be
wearable, which is important today.
is a moment when many people are wanting items that are
less branded and more exclusive and different. Does Todís
fit into that mind-set?
Itís in the DNA. The business, credibility, lifestyle;
itís the right moment for many reasons.
the way people wear leather has changed so much. Itís
not really a trend anymore; itís beyond that.
why when we started, I really decided to concentrate on
the leather story. I have always worked with leather,
but it has been a more traditional approach. Weíre
creating a new language with leather, with super-light
weights and different textures to wear during the day.
it been difficult to achieve technically?
itís a long process, but itís been interesting. And
what weíve accomplished is seasonless, which is also
it the same machine that makes the perforated holes for
the clothing as for the soles of the shoes?
itís a big metal press with lasers that go down. Then,
there are machines that wash the leather as well. Thatís
all done in Florence, but my studio is in Milan.
is it working with Todís chairman Diego Della Valle?
Heís such a titan in the industry.
are very open to talking with each other. He is very
opinionated but in a nice way. At the same time, Iím
free to do my own thing.