WWD first reported a day earlier that the designer was in the running to succeed Walter Chiapponi, who exited Tod’s in September and is now creative director of Blumarine.
Tamburini’s first collection for Tod’s will be for women’s and for fall 2024, to be presented as part of Milan Fashion Week in February.
“Matteo Tamburini is a talented creative. His modern vision of high-quality and Italian lifestyle will definitely bring an added value to our brand,” said Diego Della Valle, chairman and chief executive officer of parent Tod’s Group, which also controls the Roger Vivier, Hogan and Fay brands. “Tamburini will coordinate a creative team of highly skilled people with an in-depth understanding of the luxury world.”
The decision did not move Tod’s Group shares, which closed flat at 33.30 euros.
Tamburini was born in 1982 in Urbino, Italy, and he arrives at Tod’s from Bottega Veneta, which he joined in 2017.
“I am honored and excited to join the Tod’s family and become part of a brand that is so closely tied to my origins and memories,” Tamburini said. “I identify myself with the brand’s values and the continuous pursuit of high quality and style it has undertaken until now, and I look forward to contributing with my expertise.”
Both Tamburini and Chiapponi have worked at Bottega Veneta with former creative director Tomas Maier.
Bottega Veneta shares with Tod’s a time-honed expertise in artisanal leather goods made by hand, its storied Intrecciato weave an ongoing success and much copied around the world. Perfecting his skills at Bottega Veneta, Tamburini is seen as a sensible and plausible fit for Tod’s, since leather and accessories are the label’s core business.
Della Valle had been reviewing the role of a creative director of the women’s collections after the exit of Alessandra Facchinetti in 2016, leaving the job to the brand’s team, until the arrival of Chiapponi, who supervised both women’s and men’s collections. In June 2019, after five years, Andrea Incontri left his role as menswear creative director of Tod’s.
In the first nine months of the year, Tod’s sales rose 12 percent to 408.4 million euros.