Sidney Toledano

Sidney Toledano

Chief Executive, Christian Dior

At the helm of one of the world’s most coveted brands, he has led the company through global expansion and the departure of John Galliano.

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Sidney Toledano has presided over a period of exponential expansion for Christian Dior; over 200 international locations have been opened during his time at the house.

During his tenure at Christian Dior Toledano relaunched Dior Monsieur as Dior Homme, appointing creative director Hedi Slimane in 2001. Toledano has also developed Dior’s Haute Joaillerie and Fine Jewellery divisions, appointing Victoire de Castellane as creative director of Dior Fine Jewellery in 1998, and opening dedicated jewellery stores in New York and Paris in 1998 and 1999 respectively.

Toledano joined Christian Dior in 1994 as director of leather goods. Under his direction Christian Dior released the Lady Dior handbag in 1995, a global success for Christian Dior and Toledano, who was promoted to managing director of international development in 1996, prior to his appointment as president and chief executive of Christian Dior Couture in 1998.

Toledano is often praised for his straight-talking charm and focused determination, which has enabled the executive to have productive relationships with the house’s designers, and navigate the difficult periods following their departures.

Toledano‘s moving words at the 2011 A/W Christian Dior RTW show, just days after former Dior designer John Galliano was filmed making anti-Semitic remarks, encapsulated the executive’s approachable manner and the pride he takes in all of his employees. In what was Dior’s most challenging year in recent memory, there was no dip in sales; a 21% increase in revenue saw them exceed one billion dollars for the first time.

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