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We were surprised to hear that Derek Lam was leaving Tod’s, mainly because his role there had been so under-the-radar, which is a somewhat neutral way of saying under-publicized. But while we assumed the departure was an amicable parting-of-ways, a very confusingly worded statement from Tod’s indicates that things may have been just a smidge more complicated.
We already knew stylist Rachel Zoe‘s son was the best-dressed baby in Los Angeles, and possibly in America. He carries his diapers in Vuitton, for crying out loud. What we didn’t know is that he has a closet bigger than most full-grown adults.
Remember when Tod’s decided they were going to save the Colosseum (with just a little branding here and there)? Well, the Italian shoe company’s chairman and chief executive officer, Diego Della Valle, has one question: why stop there? On Wednesday Della Valle announced that he planned to continue sponsoring renovations and restorations in all of Italy’s major cities.
Tod’s, the Italian leather goods specialist, has decided to pony up €25 million (about $34 million) to restore the crumbling Colosseum in Rome, Italy. But this isn’t a donation — it’s a sponsorship campaign. Reuters reports that “the branding will be discreet, such as relatively small placards at the base of the Colosseum recognizing Tod’s as the sponsor.” The company will also film the work and use the footage in its campaigns. We guess it’s true what they say: there’s no such thing as a free restoration of one of the world’s most oldest, most famous pieces of architecture.
The Colosseum is undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous and recognizable structures. But despite its global renown, the Roman amphitheater is in need of some serious repairs — $33.5 million worth, to be exact. So who is going to fund this colossal (pun intended!) renovation? Tod’s, purveyor of your favorite Italian loafers.