Charlotte Pilcher & Vanessa Gillingham
Sweethearts of the Rodeo is a London based luxury boot brand founded by Charlotte Pilcher and Vanessa Gillingham, former fashion Editors at British VOGUE. Charlotte and Vanessa have both worked as fashion consultants to major fashion brands and have a combined wealth of private clients and celebrities they have styled. Charlotte also contributed for many other fashion magazines, notably she was the Fashion Editor on the Diana, Princess of Wales’ infamous Vanity Fair shoot. Vanessa held the position of Fashion Director of British Glamour magazine for ten years, from its inception. They bonded in the VOGUE fashion room, and time and time again discussed their inability to find the perfect boot, that would fit in to every part of their lives. Effortlessly stylish, exquisitely made, last–a–lifetime boots, harder to take off than put on.
Even with their knowledge, experience and global reach, they couldn’t find the boots they wanted to wear: everyday fabulous, to dress up or dress down, that you throw on and love, day and night. If men can find a style and fit they love and go back to time and again, they thought why can’t we? Androgyny is sexy. Attitude is timeless. So using their unique position and years of experience working at the heart of the fashion industry, the time had come to create their own dream boots.
Style is distinct from fashion. In a market place crowded with seasonal ‘must-haves’, Charlotte and Vanessa were looking to combine understated cool with the perfect detailing and the finest manufacturing in Italy, that fit like a glove and feel great on.
Sweethearts of the Rodeo boots are not to be found in the saturated homogeny of the mainstream, and not about being part of the changing tides of fashion. These boots have an understated, insouciant, timeless attitude. Put them on and treasure them forever. The styles are refined, yet easy. An elevation of taste and a distillation of cool. These boots are made to walk many lifetimes. But first they belong to you.
The tradition of fine handmade boot-making lives on in Tuscany, where these boots are made. This meticulously thought through collection consists of seven distinct boots in softest supple leathers, unlined leather, raw cut leather, with beautiful bespoke hardware, and are handcrafted by skilled Italian craftsmen.
Everywhere you go, your Sweethearts of the Rodeo boots go too.