87 // MOD TOD

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY KARI MOLVAR

With a new De­sign Dis­trict shop, Tod’s com­bines old-world el­e­gance with a fresh street-style vibe that feels very circa now.


If you have any doubt that fashion is a fine art on a par with paint­ing and sculp­ture, consider the cre­ativ­ity and crafts­man­ship that are stitched into ev­ery item pro­duced by Tod’s. Since the 1920s, the Ital­ian leather goods com­pany has been turn­ing out mas­ter­works prized by gen­er­a­tions of style cu­ra­tors. More than 100 steps go into the con­struc­tion of its shoes, for ex­am­ple—in­clud­ing the famed Gom­mino moc­casins, with their sig­na­ture 133 nubs on the sole; they de­buted in the 1970s and pro­pelled the fam­ily-run busi­ness into the lux­ury mar­ket­place. Sim­i­larly in­tri­cate work­man­ship yields the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear col­lec­tions as well as Tod’s hand­bags and leather ac­ces­sories—all proudly crafted in Italy and im­bued with the blend of re­fined glam­our and laid-back el­e­gance that de­fines the house.

It’s fit­ting then that the brand’s new­est bou­tique is in Mi­ami’s De­sign Dis­trict—a global epi­cen­ter of art and fashion. Con­ceived by the New York ar­chi­tec­tural firm Bonetti/koz­er­ski, the 2,400-square-foot space has many at­tributes of a

con­tem­po­rary art gallery. A “run­way” of gray mar­ble and mir­rored sur­faces cuts through the store, while some of the walls are clad in tanned va­chetta leather for a dose of sex ap­peal. Other walls dou­ble as 60-foot pro­jec­tion screens and can fold like trunk doors to trans­form the re­tail area for spe­cial events. The shop will of­fer a num­ber of lim­ited-edi­tion pieces— in­clud­ing a su­per-sleek plat­form sneaker, Dou­ble T mules, and hand­bags in ex­otic skins, as well as new riffs on the Gom­mino moc­casin—along with a ro­tat­ing se­lec­tion of art­work, which was an important con­sid­er­a­tion for the pres­i­dent and CEO of Tod’s, Diego Della Valle, who owns a home in Mi­ami and spends part of the year in the city. “I have al­ways been a sup­porter of the arts,” he says. “We have lots of plans to work with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists in this new con­cept space.”

Col­lab­o­ra­tion, in fact, is very much part of the brand’s path for­ward. Last fall, Tod’s teamed up with the Ital­ian-born artist Vanessa Beecroft to stage an in­stal­la­tion as part of the com­pany’s fall run­way show (imag­ine Karlie Kloss be­ing sewn into a leather gar­ment), and the Spring 2017 col­lec­tion—which in­cludes fresh twists on biker jack­ets, leather shift dresses, and clas­sic men’s shirt­ing—was pre­sented in front of black-and-white im­ages of timeless fashion icons like Lauren Hut­ton, Ali Mac­graw, and Bianca Jag­ger. And just for fun: A video loop of danc­ing feet and hands in­tro­duced the new Wave and Dou­ble T bags and loafers (and later sur­faced on In­sta­gram).

Tod’s may be nearly 100 years old, but the brand feels en­tirely of the mo­ment. Its suc­cess, both on so­cial me­dia and IRL, comes down to “in­ter­pret­ing qual­ity and the Ital­ian life­style with great co­her­ence,” says Della Valle. “Look­ing al­ways ahead—and never back.” Mi­ami De­sign Dis­trict, 139 NE 39th St., 305-576-8132; tods.com


A model walks the Tod’s Spring/ Sum­mer 2017 cat­walk in Mi­lan, as the brand brings its lux­u­ri­ously crafted ready-to-wear and ac­ces­sories to a new home in Mi­ami’s De­sign Dis­trict.

A glimpse of the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior (be­low) of the new Tod’s out­post in Mi­ami. bot­tom: Men’s shoes ($625) and women’s mules ($595).

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