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Diego Della Valle quotes

When you work too much, you are boring - that is possible. But to have a happy life, if you can do several things in the correct way, that is perfect.

Put a compass to paper and trace a circle. Then tell me which other country has such a concentration of places like Amalfi, Naples, Ischia, Procida, Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii, and Capri.

I hope I will be remembered as a good father and a fair employer. And a good host, of course!

I am a liberal. I want everyone to be well.

I remember seeing the Colosseum for the first time when I was a young boy. It left a lasting impression on me.

I want people to feel happy when they wear my shoes.

I was born and I live in a small village, where the centre of life is the square, and the small bar/cafe.

My father wasn't absolutely delighted. He wanted me to become a lawyer. I studied law, but I thought the shoe business was more exciting.

There is a time to be chic and sportive, there is a time to be sexy and feminine, but it's hard to find the balance, and Tod's has done that.

Tod's customers - whatever their nationality - want the very best things in life.

When I am walking in Central Park, I recognize the Italians. Because an Italian, even when he jogs, he's dressed perfect.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a footballer and racing driver, like all kids.

When it is possible, I choose to have a quiet life.

You have to be serious-minded in business, but not take yourself seriously.

You try to be young, maybe you like to have a few toys, but it's not the most important thing in life.

Almost everyone wears rubber on their feet these days, but there was a time when it was considered cheap. Luxury shoes had leather soles, which were rigid and heavy.

Businessmen should not put their finger in politics, because they tend to think only of their own self-interest. But I worry about the low morale in Italian industry and the lack of government initiatives to help the poor.

I bought into Saks as a personal investment because, when I was a young man and went to America for the first time, it seemed to me that Saks was like a cathedral of retail. I never dreamt that I could one day be a part of it. And now I am.

I come from a family with a long tradition in shoemaking, and I still live in a region famous for its shoemakers. It is getting harder and harder to find skilled workers. There are no professional training institutes, so we have to train our own employees. And an apprenticeship takes three years.

I grew up watching my father work, and learning from him what good quality is. I took from him the passion to create beautiful and exclusive products. He also taught me to persevere if I want to reach my goals.