PARIS — A life in the shoe business: Julia Toledano has poured all her energy into realizing that dream, with her footwear brand — dubbed Nodaleto and inspired by her family heritage — launching today.
After studying law and dabbling in journalism and styling, including a stint under Carine Roitfeld at CR Fashion Book, the young creative — daughter of Sidney Toledano, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Fashion Group, and Katia Toledano — did a quick course in shoe design at the London College of Fashion then spent a year touring the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton factories in Italy to learn the métier from scratch. She also spent time at factories that supply heels to a lot of the major brands, as well as tanneries in Venice and Florence.
“I decided I really wanted to focus on the product, which is what I love, and shoes have been one of my obsessions since I was young. I already had all these ideas,” said Julia Toledano, who teamed with Olivier Leone to oversee the brand’s identity.
The direction of the debut collection — “American-Mediterranean minimalism” — takes inspiration from four cities and eras that also have links to Toledano and