Bella Italia

Our ex­clu­sive shoot with Diego Della Valle, the founder of Tod’s, took place in his glam­orous Mi­lan of­fices

Hong Kong Tatler - - Behind the Scenes -

Diego della valle was born into a fam­ily of cob­blers in a small town in Le Marche, just off Italy’s Adri­atic coast. At the ten­der age of 16, he came up with the con­cept for a com­fort­able, beau­ti­fully made loafer to wear on week­ends. The Gom­mino driv­ing shoe trans­formed his life and the lives of those around him.

Dur­ing our visit to Diego’s home­town of Casette d’ete, it be­came clear just how much of a hero the Tod’s founder is to all the lo­cals. From the chef who whipped us up an un­be­liev­able eight-course meal in a res­tau­rant over­look­ing the sea to the pretty young child-min­ders at the Tod’s crèche, ev­ery­one broke into a smile when Diego’s name was men­tioned. “He cares about the qual­ity of his prod­ucts, but he also cares about the qual­ity of our lives—and that’s rare,” said one of the seam­stresses. “I am so proud to work for him.”

We pho­tographed Diego in his of­fices in Mi­lan. Housed in a beau­ti­ful man­sion just a short walk from the Duomo, the city’s fa­mous cathe­dral, the wooden floors and high ceil­ings made an ideal set­ting for the shoot. Diego was a nat­u­ral in front of the cam­era, chat­ting easily with the pho­tog­ra­pher and pag­ing through Ital­ian Touch, a cof­fee-ta­ble book he com­mis­sioned on the chicest men in Italy, to work out how to stand for the cam­era.

De­spite be­ing a huge fan of Hong Kong style and cul­ture, Diego in­sisted on the photo shoot tak­ing place in Italy. “I would love to be shot in Hong Kong; it would be such fun with all those sky­scrapers. The energy there would make any­thing fun, to be hon­est—it’s in­fec­tious,” Diego said with a laugh. “But I’m very proud to be Ital­ian, and our com­pany is built on the con­cept of ‘Made in Italy’ and the unique qual­ity that comes from this won­der­ful coun­try. So I think the im­ages need to show me in Italy, be it Mi­lan or Capri or Rome. And luck­ily for us, Italy is rather pho­to­genic, so it’s not too much of a hard­ship.”

shot ex­clu­sively for HONG KONG TATLER by Leonardo Ri naldesi

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