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Italian luxury brand Tod’s has announced that it will be working with Central Saint Martins — University of the Arts on a new initiative to nurture and support budding designers under its Tod’s Academy umbrella, especially during this uncertain time.

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Under this collaboration, 35 young designers—carefully chosen by Central Saint Martins—were tasked to interpret one or more of Tod’s house codes, with a focus on the creative process that will lead to the final proposal. 

Each designer was assigned a mentor (which includes international editors, journalists as well as designers) who guided these young creatives along the way.

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Spearheaded by Diego Della Valle, Tod’s Group chairman and chief executive office, and coordinated by Fabio Piras, course director of Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Course, this project will be presented on February 19, during London Fashion Week via a digital exhibition. 

“This is a beautiful project that supports students and at the same time brings unusual and innovative points of view to Tod’s,” said Diego Della Valle in a press statement. “I would like to thank all the mentors who have helped us, Central Saint Martins and Fabio Piras for their exceptional contribution.”

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