2017 was full of excitement for the house of CLERGERIE. Not only have they nominated a new CEO, dutchman Perry Oosting - formerly employed at Bulgari, Prada and Gucci -, but also shortened their name from 'Robert Clergerie' to 'CLERGERIE’, leading the brand into a new future. Shoe designer David Tourniaire-Beauciel stepped in as the new creative director.
The frenchman is well known in the world of luxury footwear: as a native of Romans-sur-Isère, a town in the South of France where the CLERGERIE studios were first established in 1981, he has previously collaborated with Jean-Paul Gaultier, Martin Martiela, Chloé and Givenchy. Thanks to his technical skills, sense of modernity and the ability to reinterpret classics, Tournaire-Beauciel has earned himself the reputation as a true architect of shoemaking. With the current Spring/Summer collection his influence is first evident, however his first full collection will drop starting Fall/Winter 2018. Tourniaire-Beauciel succeeds Roland Mouret, who was at the brand for six years and is departing to focus on his own namesake label.
CLERGERIE is one of the most iconic French shoe brands. Brought to live by Robert Clergerie’s passion for design and architecture and how to link them two together, he got his hands on a longstanding manufacturing site in Romans-sur-Isère in 1978. With the take over Robert Clergerie gained gained access to archives dating back over 150 year ago and the expertise of top shoemakers which enabled him to master his entire production process, on a level in line with his standards.
Today, CLERGERIE collections, still manufactured at the same historic production site, stand for a innovative mixture of new materials and design techniques. “For CLERGERIE” says Tourniaire-Beauciel, “I focus first of all on the respect of the heritage of the founder: Robert was indeed a real pioneer of genderless transforming the classic male derby into elegant footwear female.” In fact, the brand has become a synonym for the typical unconventional French elegance representing the confident independent woman of today, who defines her own elegance and values originality without compromising on freedom of movement through the perfect fit in all circumstances. David Touniaire-Beaucie’s first creations for CLERGERIE are available to shop now in our Sorrento store and online.