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Star of Tod's collection is Sella purse.

Byline: Cheche V. Moral

ONE OF the couture-style D-bags, fully beaded with crystals

Tod's is one of the most successful leather goods brands because it never veers far away from its roots, and thus does not alienate its core customers. The coming Fall-Winter season is no different; it is a collection that is a nod to "the quality and craftsmanship of Made in Italy."

Tod's has been masterfully reinventing its classic wheel. Apart from new iterations of its signature Gommini driving shoes-in polka dot suede, and zebra stripes and mottled calf pony for women this season-some of its Fall bags are reinterpretations of its classic styles, including the iconic D-bag.

The D-bag has five limited-edition couture styles, one of which is fully hand-embroidered with crystals. It weighs more than a supermodel.


SILVER metallic python loafer for women

The star of Tod's 2013 Fall-Winter collection, however, is the Sella purse, inspired by saddlemaking but interpreted in a minimalist, feminine, curved shape. It comes in three sizes: a full-size shopper in dark purple or brown calfskin; a small satchel in several colorways; and a stunning mini version with a detachable shoulder strap-in yellow, orange, hot pink, turquoise, nude and black.

The mini Sella also comes in zebra-striped and leopard-print calf pony. The bigger sizes have variants in crocodile and python.

The Italian company, one of the last brands to still craft all its products in Italy, incorporates an often-used signature element-the Gommini pebbles-on the dressier women's footwear, on the heels of its calf pony booties and metallic pumps. Tod's fans will also find saddle straps on its other booties and boots styles, done in either plain calf or calf pony.

Two loafers get the metallic treatment, with the vamp embossed with the Tod's emblem. At the recent presentation at Tod's Greenbelt 4 in Makati City, the Stores Specialists Inc. (SSI) team highlighted Tod's' made-to-order men's footwear business, offered only at the Italian flagship store in Milan. It's a luxury space called Sartorial Touch, akin to an English men's club, and includes a bar and a lounge. (SSI is Tod's' exclusive distributor here.)

The iPad presentation underscored each step of the handcrafted process, from the choice of leather to the painstaking hand-dyeing, all the way to the finished product. Tod's also offers made-to-order luggage, bags and small leather goods.

But if a trip to the Milan flagship isn't an option, men can choose from the new season's in-store collection that includes boots with elastic bands on the uppers, classic calf loafers, and suede or calf pony Gomminis, as well as sturdy-looking lace-ups with boot-lacing details reminiscent of trekking shoes.

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Aug 3, 2013
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