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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.

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.

On weekends, the U.S. was casual; in Italy the weekend was very formal. I came to understand that weekends are about free time, and that one could wear high quality, tasteful products that weren't so formal.

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.

Saks is one of the temples of good-quality products in America. The Saks shop in New York, for me, is the most interesting department store in America.

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.