Tod’s Partners with Mame Kurogouchi for Exclusive T Factory Collaboration
Tod’s, the luxury powerhouse, has unveiled an exciting collaboration with renowned Japanese designer brand Mame Kurogouchi as part of its prestigious T Factory series.
Launched in September 2018, T Factory serves as a platform for creative dialogues with accomplished artists and designers. The name is a nod to Tod’s Factory and pays homage to the legendary 1960s Lower Manhattan art studio, The Factory, helmed by the iconic Andy Warhol.
Upon its debut, Diego Della Valle, the Italian luxury tycoon and owner of Tod’s, proudly announced that several visionary creators were lined up for future collaborations. The second installment featured a high-profile partnership with former Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz, resulting in the «Happy Moments» collection. This collection showcased vibrant, pop-colored, and metallic loafers and moccasins, including Tod’s signature gommino model.
In the forthcoming T Factory venture with Mame Kurogouchi, the focus will be on interpreting «Tod’s women’s accessories and Ready-to-Wear with Mame Kurogouchi’s unique approach to craftsmanship and timeless elegance.»
Mame Kurogouchi, established in Japan in 2010 by the visionary Maiko Kurogouchi, achieved recognition by winning the prestigious Fashion Prize of Tokyo in 2017. Her collections have graced the fashion capital of Paris, consistently earning rave reviews from critics. Praised for her ingenious fusion of exquisite printing techniques, avant-garde yet graceful proportions, and a harmonious blend of ancient artisanal craftsmanship with cutting-edge technical finesse.
Tod’s T Factory serves as an innovative creative hub, designed to foster unique projects with esteemed designers and artists from the realms of luxury and creativity. They are encouraged to draw inspiration from «the brand’s iconic heritage, Italian artisanal excellence, and unparalleled expertise, interpreting it through their distinctive lens with complete artistic freedom,» as emphasized by Tod’s in their official statement.
The initial collections from T Factory are slated for distribution in nearly 100 stores, with a primary focus on flagship locations, within Tod’s extensive network of approximately 300 sales points.