Born in 1978 in Piatra Neamt, Romania, Elena Cristina Toma currently lives and work in Milan. She moved to Italy in 1998 in order to attend Istituto di Moda Burgo to study fashion design.
Whilst collaborating for six years with Mariuccia Mandelli at the maison Krizia, Elena Cristina Toma managed to build up her own style based on extreme elegance and sophistication. In 2008 created her own shoes and accessories brand and starting from the very beginning the collections were a triumph of Italian craftsmanship.
Exotic genuine leather is magnificently combined with fine details in satin or silk and Swarovski crystals.
Toma stresses the artistic form of the shoes contemplating soft lines and illusionistic colours.
Her inspiration constantly refers to tradition and the unspoiled spaces of her terra natia as well as the cultural influences of the world of art and architecture.
TOMA style is all about luxury, refinement and desirability.
The Maison TOMA creates objects of desire, shoes to collect, everlasting shoes, testifying the endless research of the perfect stylistic equilibrium: craftsmanship interlaced with breathtaking glamour.
The refined lines, the accurate study of colours matching, the functional ease of TOMA creations, the meticulous details analysis, the textures research represent the leading characteristics of our brand.
TOMA shoes are produced in one of Italy’s most important footwear production district, Parabiago.
The Maison TOMA was founded in 2008 and has its creative laboratory in Milan's evocative and artsy Brera district.
Italian craftsman's inheritance is the basis for TOMA shoe manufacturing.
Shoes leather and textures are rigorously selected among world’s leading companies. Crocodile, lizard, python, Horween Shell Cordovan, vegetable tanned cow leathers are some of the most valuable materials not only for the exceptional quality, brightness and endurance but mostly for the hand-made techniques that represent a precise choice in order to guarantee an outstanding product.
The selection of colours combines cultural experiences with fashion trends, creating a dynamic outcome that reflects tradition and finds the highest expectations.
One by one, the leathers are tanned and buffered. The result is an absolute chromatic harmony, a multitude of colour nuances blending that astonishes event the most critical eye.
Realizing shoes is an exceptional team work.
From cutting leather till sole sewing, there are more than 200 processes in order to make a pair of shoes.
Each step is hand made using cutters, lasting pincers, pegging awls, glover’s needles, sewing threads. This is how a pair of shoes comes to life.
Devoted craftsmen realize shoes enhancing the aesthetic of your feet and protecting it at the same time. Each step in our production process is Made in Italy.
“What is it indeed that gives us the feeling of elegance in a solution, in a demonstration?
It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that introduces order, all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.”
- Henri Poincaré
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
- Leonardo da Vinci