La Maison Robert Clergerie
La Maison Robert Clergerie is a French heritage brand, with roots dating back to 1895, that is celebrated for its innovative designs and unique reinterpretation of classics for the modern, discerning audacious woman and man.
The Robert Clergerie brand is renowned for its iconic looks – brogues, architectural shapes and forms, strong heels and blocks, mix of materials, articulated wood and signature raffia – with a modern fashion twist, establishing Robert Clergerie as an irrefutable reference in the shoe sector.
In 2011 Robert Clergerie passed the creative direction to Roland Mouret. Having already worked together in the 1980’s Roland was able to seamlessly carry-on the legacy of Robert’s vision.
David Tourniaire-Beauciel succeeds him in 2017 and brings his shoe designer experience to the House.
Proud to be “Made in France”, Robert Clergerie products illustrate the key values on which the company was built: Creativity, Quality and Savoir-faire.
La Maison Robert Clergerie operates 20 boutiques and is distributed across the globe.
After 25 years designing for collections around the world, David Tourniaire-Beauciel returns to his roots to succeed Roland Mouret at the creative helm of Robert Clergerie.
Born in Romans-sur-Isère, where the Robert Clergerie ateliers are still located today, David Tourniaire-Beauciel trained at Stéphane Kelian before moving to Paris in 1994 to design for Jean-Paul Gaultier.
Tourniaire-Beauciel has a proven track record of successful collaborations, having worked with designers like Martin Margiela, Phoebe Philo at Chloé, Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga, in addition to his involvement with the relaunch of Salvatore Ferragamo’s footwear collections.
Coming from a family that also worked in the shoe industry, and through his extensive experience, David Tourniaire-Beauciel acquired a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of shoemaking.
“It is truly an honour to work with one of the most iconic French shoe brands and I feel the responsibility to bring its French touch to women around the world” says David Tourniaire-Beauciel.. It is also very emotional to be part of Robert Clergerie and work again in my home town.”
The master shoemaker Robert Clergerie started his career in 1970 with Charles Jourdan and in 1978 took over the Unic Fenestrier shoe manufacturer in the town of Romans.
Robert Clergerie launched his eponymous brand in 1981, a master of the masculine heritage and culture of tradition of J.Fenestrier, his new brand focused on creating shoes for the discerning, audacious woman. A visionary, Robert Clergerie combined his passion for shoe design with the heritage and savoir-faire of his trusted circle of craftsman to create iconic shoes. His collections gained an immediate success in France and USA, establishing himself as one of the shoemaker of his time.
Inspired by the bootmaker André Perugia’s philosophy, “You carry a garment, but a shoe is different, because the shoe carries you, and this, is where the challenge lies”, Robert Clergerie created shoes to carry the beauty of the women wearing them.
His designs are recognized to incarnate simplicity, quality, innovation and the perfect fit.
In recognition of his contribution to the shoe industry, Robert Clergerie was honoured three times with the prize of “Best Designer of the Year” in 1987, 1990 and 1992 and was inducted to the “Hall of Fame” in 2005 by the Fashion Footwear Association, USA.
Héritage & Savoir-faire
In 1985, Mr Joseph Fenestrier took over a small shoe manufacturer located in the town of Romans, which over the years became the illustrious manufacturer for the brands Unic, J. Fenestrier and later Robert Clergerie.
The passion of craftsmanship has been passed from generation to generation, it is this heritage and savoir-faire of the manufacturers in Romans that have been the foundations of La Maison Robert Clergerie. However, it is the intrinsic value of innovation – 1905 Introduction to France of Goodyear stitching, 1944 Introduction of raffia, 1945 Creation of the articulated wooden sole, 1985 Creation of the Ridgeway sole, 1994 Creation of architectural metal heels – that has allowed it to continuously produce iconic shoe designs.
This creativity and innovation has allowed for many collaborations over the years including Christian Dior, Issey Miyake, Carven and more recently Sibling and Matthew Miller.
David Tourniaire-Beauciel and his creative team view innovation as an essential part of the creative process – every collection starts with a tour of the Robert Clergerie archives, a clear thematic vision and finishing touch of French fashion – to create, season after season, enticing designs for the discerning audacious Robert Clergerie clientele.
120 years of transmission of savoir-faire are illustrated in the “Made in France” quality and craftmanship in each pair of shoes created by Robert Clergerie.
The tradition of transmission, heritage and savoir-faire remains: each year, students from top design schools are invited to participate in the “Ecole de Style” where they are mentored in traditional shoe manufacturing and a select few join the creative team of La Maison Robert Clergerie.