Alessandro Dell’Acqua Collaborates with Tod’s – And Tells Us All About It

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There’s an inherent gene that is in the DNA of Italian designers who’ve become known for timeless quality and feminine design – it’s not quite something you can place your finger on, but you know it’s there. Now, two exemplary names in Italian fashion are coming together to create a new legacy, Tod’s x Alessandro Dell’Acqua.

Forging the way for the future, Factory T is an initiative culminated to help grow the repertoire of Tod’s through the talents of other designers and artists. The capsule collection recently made its debut and is a refreshing marriage of classic artistry and the current through the eyes of an innovator like Dell’Acqua. Factory T will pave a new start, with Dell’Acqua leading the way. Having designed for a fashion house like Rochas and being the genius behind N°21, he shows just what Italian design brilliance looks like.

With a focus on leather, a refined color palette, and a hint of reinvention, it seems Tod’s x Alessandro Dell’Acqua is a symbiotic match made in fashion heaven. All seven ready-to-wear pieces and nine shoe styles in black, brandy, and dusty pink are a testament to his abilities. In this exclusive with Savoir Flair, Dell’Acqua opens up about what it’s like to be the inaugural designer for Factory T, why he worked with only three colors, and which pieces he’s most excited about.

Photo: Courtesy of Tod's

How did this collaboration come about?
Everything started last June when Tod’s president and CEO Diego Della Valle called me to do this capsule collection – a few pieces of ready-to-wear and a few shoes. The only thing he asked of me is to take into consideration were the iconic pieces, such as the ‘Gommini’.

How quickly did you put everything together?
The collection was born three months after Mr. Della Valle called me, and it took only about three months to create it all.

What was your perception of Tod’s before you joined?
I’ve always considered Tod’s to be one of the most important Italian brands. It’s conservative and classic, but mostly iconic. 

How did your style merge with Tod’s?
I think we were able to merge well. The starting point was the colors; you can see the classic Tod’s color, which is brandy, and it paired with the powder pink that is characteristic of my collections. Then came putting together the high quality and craftsmanship that is close to both of us – that is how our worlds merged together to create this collection.

Is there a reason why there was such a limited color palette?
No. Considering that the collection was intentionally small, literally a capsule collection, we wanted to make it very effective using the colors that are important to both brands. We put them together to combine the two worlds.

It’s for the contemporary woman who is self-confident with a lot of femininity.

What was the curation process for the collection like?
I followed every step very closely, working hand in hand with the artisans, especially on the shoes – we wanted to create the inner curve within them to give the collection a feminine twist. What’s interesting for me was finding out that the artisans working with Tod’s were very proactive in creating new techniques when developing the shoes.

What does it feel like to be the inaugural designer partaking in this initiative?
I’m very proud and extremely happy because of the result we’ve created. I hope to be an example, not only for the beginning of this project, but also for the designers who will collaborate with Tod’s in the future.

What pieces are you excited about that we might not have seen from Tod’s before?
The ‘Gommini’ with the velvet bow. I also love the pink in the ready-to-wear items; it’s not that common, but it matches perfectly well.

A lot of the pieces feel very classic. How do you redefine the classic and make it modern again?
At the end of the day, it’s an attitude. Those tiny details, creating the inner curve, making the shoe more rounded – adding a few details is the way to make it modern for today and give it that attitude.

So what is the feeling of this collection?
It’s for the contemporary woman who is self-confident with a lot of femininity. That’s what I feel has come out in this collection.

How would you describe it in one word?
Contemporary.

What have you gained from this collaboration?
For one, it was a chance for me to work with one of the most important brands in the world. I also learned a lot from working with artisans, observing their unique approach to fashion. It was common to work with artisans a few years ago, but it’s more rare now and it was such a great experience.

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