SINCE taking the reins as creative director of Tod’s in late 2019, Walter Chiapponi has turned to the street art movement as a perennial source of inspiration.
Notably inspired by the monumental legacies of American artists Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat, urban art has played a crucial role in the Italian designers’ creative process for its aesthetic and iconographic value, as well as its ability to express and disrupt.
In homage to the art of graffiti, Tod’s has unveiled a brand-new capsule collection, with hand-crafted pieces for both men and women infused with a signature Italian flair.
Highlights include the brand’s iconic Gommino, supple low-top trainers and the T Timeless bag, featuring hand-drawn illustrations and graphic texts – Dream, Amor and In Love We Trust – created by Chiapponi.
Emphasising the skill behind this innovative form of art, Tod’s notes that fashion and graffiti “share a common language of freedom, expression, creation and ingenuity that makes them continuous and similar, capable of influencing each other, giving life to hybrid and innovative forms of art.”
“The importance of the manual skill of this art is closely linked to the creative path of Tod’s hand-made craftsmanship, underlining a strong bond that makes the collection unique.”
by Joshua Hendren
The Tod’s Graffiti Collection is available to purchase in Tod’s boutiques worldwide and online