Tod's couldn't resist the urge, prevalent among menswear labels, to build its new collection around an archetype. In this case, it was a world traveler. As far as aspirational lives are concerned, this proposition was quite appealing, even if it was not an unfamiliar one. Conservative suiting was loosened up by shirts with snaps and tonal patterns. Safari jackets were stripped of any bulk to become easy-wearing first layers. Soft suede in shades of blue, brown, and black were the material of choice for casual shirts and jeans. The clothes found a balance between sophisticated and casual that might just make you want to visit Amalfi or Los Angeles, as the case may be.
Perhaps this world traveler's most distinguishing characteristic is his penchant for Tod's exquisite loafers, rendered in exotic skins, covered in
perforations, and treated to take on an antiqued patina. Come to think of
it, "world traveler" does have more of a ring to it than "shoe addict." You don't build a global luxury empire, as Tod's has done, without a smart, finely tuned knack for creating desire.