BY JULIA TOLEDANO
“From Venice to Venice” is how Julia Toledano describes the creative process behind her new shoe collection Nodaleto. Launched during Paris Fashion Week in March, the first collection was designed in Venice Beach, California, where Toledano spends half her time, and produced in some of the finest factories in Venice, Italy.
As much as the West Coast is evident in the shoes’ aesthetic (Western-inspired boots with spurs, Sixties-ish lace-up booties with chunky heels, and an Italian hand in the quality of the leather and craftmanship), there’s a lot of natural Parisian attitude to the line. For example, the “Babies Bulla” is a platform Mary Jane with a chunky, triangular heel, for which she did an exclusive style for The Webster. “They’re more feminine and minimal,” says Toledano, noting that every shoe in the collection is named “Bulla” for the iconic Palais Bulles or Bubble Palace in the South of France, designed by architect Antti Lovag and purchased by Pierre Cardin as a vacation home.