Dorino Della Valle, Tod’s Founder, Dies at 87

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The driving-shoe patriarch passed away in Casette d’Ete, Italy, today. Della Valle’s business began in his basement in the forties*, before it expanded into a luxury-goods empire in the seventies. He is survived by his sons Diego, currently president of the company, and Andrea.

* This post has been updated to state that Della Vega began his business in the forties.