At Robert Clergerie moroccan sneakers rule, ok?
The shoe of the season was not on any runway in Western Europe this month, but could rather be found sitting on a stand on rue St Honoré. Its author: David Tourniaire-Beauciel, creative director of Robert Clergerie.
His best invention: a masterly new sneaker with articulated robber soles and uppers in raffia, all hand-made by lady artisans in Morocco.
Made for men and women in either a low cut version or in a funkier high top. They are very much collector’s items - priced respectively at 375 euros and 525 euros. Moreover, they seemed very much in keeping with the practical but cool spirit of the brand’s founder, Robert Clergerie. Before becoming a shoemaker extraordinaire Robert was a French paratrooper.
Since his appointment last spring as CEO, Perry Oosting has re-centered Clergerie around its unique selling points of skilled artisanal production; directional yet realistic styles.
Tourniere-Beaucieul also revealed classic penny loafers with the flexible soles; some fine studded brogues and revamped last season’s standout footwear – a silver and anthracite woven-sided sneaker that had a heroic feeling.
“Everything flexible but stylish too,” commented Tourniaire-Beauciel, who grew up in Romains, the hometown of the brand.
Owned by the wealthy Hong Kong-based Fung family, the brand after a few years of stasis is now very much on the move – with quirky yet efficient ideas. Something the Fungs, and the founder, should appreciate.
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