Tod’s presented the 4th story of the Tod’s Factory project, created in collaboration with Japanese brand Hender Scheme, founded in 2010 by Ryo Kashiwazaki. Focus: shoes and sneakers. Born in Tokyo in 1985, the designer began his career in 2005, working in a shoe manufacturing plant during his studies. Love for leather and craftsmanship represents the basis on which Tod’s capsule collection was born. The latter comes after the ones developed with Alessandro dell’Acqua, Mame and Alber Elbaz.
The 4th story of Factory
Ryo Kashiwazaki worked beside Tod’s creative director Walter Chiapponi, and, remotely, with the brands artisans to exchange samples and prototypes. Even considering his experience with the footwear segment, the designer was impressed by the ability of Tod’s artisans, reported WWD. Hender Scheme didn’t just focus on the goods’ look, but on their functionality and operative model as well. Simply put: it tried to give value to the manual print of each of them also thanks to the work of the artisans.
“Both Tod’s and Hender Scheme share the idea of making objects that follow the beliefs of artisans and concept of craftsmanship. There are many products that can be made following this philosophy. Given that Tod’s and Hender Scheme focus on shoes and leather, I decided to combine the respective know-hows by observing the things in common and those different. My idea was to turn Tod’s logo upside down. What came out is Dot’s”, says Mr. Ryo in his official statement. Leather is present nearly everywhere in the collection, from tracksuits to pants, jackets and a suede leather bandana (with smooth leather inserts).