ROBERT CLERGERIE BEGAN HIS CAREER IN THE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY IN THE 1970S WITH THE CHARLES OURDAN BRAND. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF COLLABORATION WITH MR ROLAND JOURDAN, IN 1978, HE PURCHASED THE SOCIETE ROMANAISE DE LA CHAUSSURE, MANUFACTURER OF THE BRANDS UNIC ET J.FENESTRIER.
INSPIRED BY J. FENESTRIER’S MASCULINE HERITAGE AND TRADITIONAL CULTURE, HE LAUNCHED THE ROBERT CLERGERIE BRAND FOR WOMEN IN 1981. THE COLLECTION GAINED AN IMMEDIATE SUCCESS BOTH IN FRANCE AND ABROAD. STRONG INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOLLOWED.
IN 1996, AFTER MORE THAN 25 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY, ROBERT CLERGERIE DECIDED TO RETIRE AND SOLD HIS NAMESAKE COMPANY. HOWEVER, IN 2004, HE CAME OUT OF RETIREMENT AND BUYS HIS BACK HIS COMPANY.
WITHIN THE SHOE INDUSTRY, THE ROBERT CLERGERIE NAME IS ASSOCIATED WITH SIMPLICITY, RESEARCH OF PURITY IN DESIGN, QUALITY AND THE PERFECT FIT. ROBERT HAS BEEN KNOWN TO SAY « IN MY CREATIONS, I ALWAYS RESPECT THE BASIC PRINCIPLE, LEARNED FROM THE FAMOUS BOOT MAKER ANDRE PERUGIA, THAT YOU CARRY A GARMENT, BUT FOR A SHOE IS DIFFERENT : THE SHOE CARRIES YOU, AND ALL THE DIFFICULTY IS HERE».
IN RECOGNITION OF HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE INDUSTRY, ROBERT CLERGERIE WAS HONOURED 3 TIMES BY THE FASHION FOOTWEAR ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRIZE OF THE BEST DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (87, 90 AND 92). FURTHERMORE, HE ENTERED INTO THE "HALL OF FAME" OF THE MAGAZINE FOOTWEAR NEWS IN 2005.
SINCE 2011, ROBERT CLERGERIE HOLDS AN ADVISORY ROLE.
For over a decade, roland mouret has created the most coveted of women’s wear collections. as a man with an intuitive understanding of the female form, his iconic designs have earned him a reputation as a master of both structure and silhouette.
born in lourdes, france, mouret pursued various careers from modeling to styling, and notably worked hand in hand with mr. robert clergerie in the 1980s. in 1998, he presented his first collection to huge critical acclaim. since, mouret has firmly established himself as one of the most influential and sought after fashion designers.
appointed creative director at robert clergerie in july 2011, roland mouret and his aesthetic offer a new beginning for the brand, infusing modernity and the sensuality to robert clergerie’s “made in france” reputation and expertise as a shoe maker.