The Tod’s de­signer’s life by the num­bers

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The News -

6.30AM I wake up nat­u­rally at the same time ev­ery day, even if I go to bed late – I have a per­sonal clock. I go straight to the kitchen and pre­pare my cof­fee. My first con­ver­sa­tion of the day is prob­a­bly with my dog, Zac. He tells me, “Let’s eat break­fast!”, and walks around me while I’m try­ing to pre­pare it. Zac is gor­geous. He’s like a hu­man; he’s re­ally well-ed­u­cated. 6.50AM I can get ready in 20 min­utes. I pick out what I’m go­ing to wear the night be­fore. It de­pends on my mood. One day I’m re­ally dressed up, the next I’ll jump into a pair of jeans and a shirt. Maybe I'll wear the same thing for three days. Usu­ally I’m more into monochrome, but this week I’ve been very colour­ful. Lately I’ve been wear­ing a lot of prints. Ev­ery day is a dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tion of a printed suit or what­ever. I have a lot of white shirts in my closet; I col­lect the men’s ones. I have 500 shirts, about 30 Tod’s bags, and more than 35 pairs of Gom­mino loafers. I had to call an ar­chiv­ist to or­gan­ise ev­ery­thing. I like buy­ing a lot of T-shirts. Re­cently I’ve been into the Acne ones – the cut is great. And I have a lot of denim. Right now I’m wear­ing a pair from 3x1. I have a big closet and a stu­dio where I leave my archival books and mag­a­zines and pic­tures. I don’t throw any­thing away. I’ve just started to count them, and I have close to 3,000 books: ar­chi­tec­ture, art, in­te­ri­ors, jew­ellery – ev­ery­thing. 7.15AM I use Kanebo cream, then do my make-up in the car. I love MAC. I use their mas­cara or YSL’s, but what I can’t live with­out is per­fume – I might have 80 per­fumes! I like to mix them. I’m re­ally into Le Labo. I used to wear Poivre, which you can only buy in Lon­don, but I just bought San­tal and Frédéric Malle Lip­stick Rose. 7.40AM I walk or take a cab to the stu­dio, depend­ing on the weather. I live close by; I can be there from my home in 20 min­utes. 8AM I ar­rive at the of­fice and have my sec­ond cof­fee. I try to have no more than three a

day. At the mo­ment I’m re­ally into green tea. I started it three months ago, and I have more energy now. I drink two or three teas in the morn­ing, one in the af­ter­noon, and maybe one dur­ing din­ner. The of­fice is very calm, which is un­usual for a de­sign of­fice. My stu­dio is sim­i­lar to my house; it’s like a liv­ing room. There’s beau­ti­ful fur­ni­ture from Ital­ian in­te­rior de­sign­ers, paint­ings, and pho­to­graphs, some of the art pieces I like, per­fume, can­dles – ev­ery­thing is re­ally charm­ing and peace­ful. There are pic­tures by Man Ray, an ab­stract paint­ing by Niko­las Gam­baroff, and work en­graved on glass by Ru­dolf Stin­gel. Another favourite is Markus Sch­in­wald. I like to start my day very early, an hour be­fore ev­ery­one ar­rives, so I can an­swer my e-mails and go through the news. I read a lot of Ital­ian pa­pers and the In­ter­na­tional Her­ald Tri­bune. On Satur­day morn­ing I like to read the Fi­nan­cial Times. 9AM We keep the sched­ule very or­gan­ised and di­vide the day be­tween my teams for ready-to-wear, shoes, and ac­ces­sories. Maybe I’ll work on prints, maybe I’ll work on dif­fer­ent fab­rics, and then colours – the usual. 1PM We try to have ev­ery­body go out for lunch, oth­er­wise we would never stop work­ing. Some­times we all go out to a res­tau­rant. It’s very easy in Mi­lan to find a nice place to eat, but I never eat pasta, ac­tu­ally. I eat more veg­eta­bles and light meals. 2PM In the af­ter­noon, I’ll have a meet­ing for bags, then fin­ish with shoes, and maybe a meet­ing in be­tween with Mr. Della Valle [Diego Della Valle, Tod’s chair­man and CEO]. I of­ten have a lot of ap­point­ments, but there are days when I can sketch and think about what I’m work­ing on. I lis­ten to mu­sic; I like ev­ery­thing from clas­si­cal to rock. I have a lot of DJ friends who give me stuff. Lately I’ve been lis­ten­ing to Bon Iver. It’s more quiet, so I’m in a calm mo­ment. My fa­ther [Roby Facchinetti] is a pop star – he wrote a song about me when I was born. He used to be on stage, and

Alessan­dra Facchinetti, pho­tographed by Boo Ge­orge

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