ROBERT CLERGERIE starts his career in 1970, joining the group Charles Jourdan. After few years of collaboration with Mr Roland Jourdan, he decided to buy the société romanaise de la chaussure, manufacturer of the brands Unic et J.Fenestrier.
In 1981, he launched the Robert Clergerie line for women taking inspiration from the masculine universe of the company and its traditional culture. This new line gains an immediate success, in France and abroad. This period was followed by a strong international development of the company.
In 1996, Robert Clergerie decides to leave for retirement but the trade virus pushes him to come back. Then, in december 2001, he purchases the company that carries his name and decides to be involved again in the design of collections.
In the shoes industry, the name of Robert Clergerie is associated with simplicity, research of purity in the design, but also the quality of fitting. On his philosophy, Robert says : « In my creations, I always respect the basic pinciple, learned from the famous boot maker André 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.