Tod's Designer Profile

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Although not exactly a popular brand in the United States, Tod’s is one of the most sought-after luxury handbag brands with stores in 31 countries around the world. It has held a long tradition of putting together the most precious materials with extraordinary craftsmanship and exceptional design, making every Tod’s product a luxurious treat.

Tod’s began as a family shoemaking business in the 1920s, which was founded by Italian Filipo Della Valle. During the 1970s, his grandson Diego Della Valle expanded the workshop and turned it into a factory. It was during this decade when they began developing products for the American market, which included luxury leather goods like belts and gloves. This marked the birth of the "Gommino," a luxury moccasin with the trademark 133 rubber pebbles on the sole. In 1997, Tod’s introduced its first handbag collection that reflects the spirit, quality, and design of every Tod’s product.

The tradition of high-quality products that Tod’s is known for has earned the company a reputation for a distinguished mix of sophistication and durability. Each product is individually hand-made with the finest leather, and any slightest mistake is discarded outright. And unlike their contemporaries who have outsourced their labor to other countries, Tod’s is one of the few luxury companies that can be considered as truly "Made in Italy."

Among the most popular Tod’s handbags are the D-Bag, which was named after Princess Diana, the Charlotte Piccola, and Charlotte Lavoro Grande. The D-Bag is made of plush leather with dual rolled handles and contrast stitching. The Charlotte Piccola has saddle-style stitching around its soft, pebbled leather and has two semi-circle zippered pockets on either end. The Charlotte Lavoro Grande is a convertible tote with an adjustable shoulder strap and dual rolled leather handles, all in a polished silver hardware.

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