Ralph Toledano was appointed the new president of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode in July 2014. He officially succeeded Didier Grumbach , who led the federation for 16 years, as president on September 1st. Prior to his appointment, Toledano gained experience at the French fashion trade association by heading up the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, the federation’s couture arm.
At the time of his announcement, Toledano told The New York Times: "We aim to keep Paris as the unrivaled capital of fashion, to contributing to the emergence of all the talented young designers based in France and to making the École de la Chambre Syndicale — already a unique school in the world as it produces both designers and couture technicians — the number one fashion school. Paris has historically been the place where the biggest international talents gather spontaneously and we intend to continue welcoming them.”
Toledano has also spoken of the need for increased financing to fund educational intiatives, cultivating and supporting new talent and training programmes.
Concurrent to his duties at the Fédération, Toledano was president of Puig’s fashion division where he was responsible for the conglomerates fashion strategy, encompassing brand strategies for Jean Paul Gaultier , Caroline Herrera, Paco Rabanne and Nina Ricci. Prior to joining Puig, Toledano was president of Chloé for nine years. The Frenchman is widely regarded as a something of specialist in recasting waning brands for modern consumers. Toledano oversaw the label’s emergence as an international brand, under the creative directorships of Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo . In addition, Toledano has successfully reinvigorated Guy Laroche in the past, and has worked with Karl Lagerfeld on the designers namesake label.