Tod’s, The Imperturbable Gommino

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Tod’s, The Imperturbable Gommino

An icon of fashion is judged by its ability to adapt itself to the times and the Tod’s Gommino is one of those!

Last October, the Italian house Tod’s presented the nomination of its new artistic director – Walter Chiapponni! Diego Della Valle, president of the Tod’s group announced “Walter Chiapponi is a talented Italian designer  who is capable of combining the Italian art de vivre true to Tod’s with a touch of modernity without losing from sight quality and savoir-faire which are representative of the brand’s DNA”. The piece that incarnated the quiet strength of fashion in the Italian style is of course – the Gommino. 

The key piece of the house, according to the very words of Diego Della Valle, wears like “a glove for the foot”. Inspired by the anti-slip slippers, especially appreciated by race-car drivers, the Gommino has since conquered the world with its 133 rubber pebbles. Symbol of Italian elegance, the Tod’s Gommino is also a fruit of savoir-faire. Exclusively produced in the ateliers of Brancadoro some kilometres away from Milan, it is conceived from one single and same piece of leather. Hand-sown and doubled with the famous rubber soul made up of 133 iconic pebbles, The Gommino lends itself to all creative visions. 

From Alessandra Facchinetti to Alber Elbaz and then passing again to new creative director Walter Chiapponi, the Gommino adorns itself in the most beautiful of materials, distilling to perfection the imperturbable refinement proper to Italians. The Gommino has been at once playful in bright acidic colours, serene and noble in more sophisticated leathers and a collector’s piece in a version collaborated with Ferrari. Since 1978, the signature piece of the artisanal heritage of Tod’s is an elegant ideal – chic and creative! For men and women. Re-explored and reviewed in a chunky version for 2020, it will embrace a bestiary aspect (leopard, zebra) for the woman of Spring/Summer 2020. While waiting until then, the new Milanese boutique recently inaugurated on the famous Via Montenapoleone offers a new shopping experience. Baptised Tod’s Studios, it brings together the pieces of the season but also a personalisation atelier and exhibitions. A way to better understand the impact of the Gommino on Italian culture!