Shoes to walk a thousand miles in
Robert Clergerie, a French shoe brand of
forward-thinking designs, was founded in 1981. The House of Robert Clergerie
however, dates back to the year 1895. It all started in a small town in the
south of France where a shoe manufacturing facility stood.
From being the first house to introduce the
Goodyear stitching technique –the most labour-intensive shoemaking method which
makes a shoe the most durable– in 1905 to manufacturing shoes entirely made out
of raffia in 1944, the House of Robert Clergerie would finally come into its
own many years later when Robert Clergerie himself bought this facility in the
1970s and eventually launched his eponymous label. To this day, Robert Clergerie shoes are still being made in the same shoe manufacturing facility
where history was made.
Every Robert Clergerie collection starts
with a tour of the archives. A Robert Clergerie shoe has to carry the beauty of
the women wearing them. A modern twist is then applied with a rousing dose of
originality and an abundance of individuality. Robert Clergerie is no stranger
to that. Throughout his storied years, Robert Clergerie has embodied a fresh
approach with a strong technical know-how. Architectural metal heels, and the
famous parallelogram heel which was so widely imitated that it became known as
the Clergerie heel, were evident displays of Clergerie’s unique shoemaking
Now with Roland Mouret at the helm, the
house continues to showcase mastery in structure and silhouette with innovation
and classic craftsmanship at the core. Having worked as creative director for
Robert Clergerie’s campaigns in the 1980s, Roland Mouret is well-versed in the
Robert Clergerie DNA and has now brought a new sensuality to its collections.
For Spring/Summer 2016, a strong character
and a strong heel were on Mouret’s mind. Perfect forms displayed in signature
Clergerie platform heel styles were fused with a myriad of textures while
eclectic colours were generously doled out to welcome the new season.
Having creativity is one thing and having
functionality is another. A Robert Clergerie shoe has both. Made for fashion
and to be easy to walk in, a Robert Clergerie shoe is simple, chic, and a
stylish beauty that has garnered quite a following from designers and
celebrities alike. Christian Dior, Issey Miyake, and Carven to name a few, were
runway show collaborators while Clergerie girls in their best off-duty outfits
include Diane Kruger, Charlize Theron, Sienna Miller, and Scarlett Johansson.
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