After three brief years as creative director, Alessandra Facchinetti has called it quits with Tod’s to embark on personal projects. “It has been an honour to work with this extraordinary family company which puts quality, craftsmanship and excellency at the center of its business,” says Facchinetti. In 2013, the Italian label replaced then creative director: Derek Lam, with Facchinetti who had a formidable track record in several luxury labels, including stints at Miu Miu (as a designer and coordinator in 1994), Gucci Group (as design director of women’s Ready-To-Wear in 2000) and Valentino (as head designer in 2008).
During her first year as creative director, Facchinetti made fashion headlines when she championed Tod’s first runway collection, deviating from the brand’s norm of just using campaigns to début new collections. Her inauguration heralded a shift in brand strategy for Tod’s and now with Facchinetti’s exit, it would be interesting to see how things pan out for the brand. As to who her successor might be, one potential candidate could be Massimiliano Giornetti, who recently left Salvatore Ferragamo as creative director.
By James Lennon Tan