Designed in Paris and made in Spain with Italian leathers. These are Shiloh Heritage boots, a brand launched in October 2019 by Johanna Touitou, a French designer who worked first at Chloé (with Phoebe Philo), then Sonia Rykiel and Elie Saab. Her passion for leather led her to create her own brand, currently specialised in the (handmade) production of comfortable boots with a Texan look. She found her ideal producer in Spain and the best leathers in Italy, thanks to Lineapelle.
With Italian leathers
Shiloh Heritage (Shiloh means “Peace Paradise” in Hebrew) made its debut in affordable luxury with a model that blends the Texan look with the softer shape of the traditional model worn in the Camargue. Touitou drew it as she tried to imagine a boot she couldn’t find on the market. Last year, the brand produced 200 pairs of handmade Midnight boots. Shiloh Heritage is a direct-to-consumer brand through its website. The average price is 565 euros. To deepen the chapter on production and leather, we contacted the founder.
Why did you choose Spain for production and Italy for leather?
The geography was not decisive. I have chosen a company with incredible, very authentic savoir-faire, which shares my same human and professional values. This 115-year-old family business, coincidentally, is located near Alicante. As for the leather, I chose an Italian company because it offered the best suede leathers at the best price compared to all the others visited at Lineapelle. I also think that Italian tanneries are masters of leather, and I trust them.
What is your relationship with leather?
I have a passion for leather. I like to work with this material in ready-to-wear or accessories. It’s my favourite texture and I love the smell. It was my starting point.
What are the brand’s future projects?
I love working on iconic products. So maybe, in a few years, I will develop other leather products with a specific processing that belongs to the world of Shiloh Heritage. But I will present them in a different way than what we are used to seeing in fashion. I no longer believe in seasonal collections with so many cross-references.