THE RAFFIA AT CLERGERIE

RAFFIA, A HISTORY, A CRAFT

 

The raffia shoes

Raffia shoes are shoes with an upper made of raffia farinifera, which is a natural fiber derived from palm leaves native to Madagascar. Used for centuries for other purposes, such as bags, belts and other accessories, the raffia shoes have experienced a new boom over the last few years. The weaving of raffia is a typically Moroccan skill and has been passed down from generation to generation in some remote villages of Morocco. It often takes more than a day to make raffia shoes. Raffia is not only a lasting material, it is also a flexible one. And thanks to their special weave, they are perfectly ventilated. This makes this type of shoe perfect for summer time. Soft lighting on a light/dark gradient background like a nightfall on a summer evening.

The origin of raffia at Clergerie

During a trip to Vietnam Robert Clergerie, saw women weaving straw in the street, hats, soles... He then thought of the archive designs of the House Robert Clergerie. Only a perfect knowledge of the raw materials combined with the ingenuity of a craftsman's workforce and the mastery of the manufacturing tool can embody the creation of a raffia shoe.

Raffia in every collection

Since the creation of Maison Clergerie raffia is an iconic material and this season it’s in the sportlight. Available in sky blue, immaculate white or natural straw, tones evocative of the most beautiful summer hours ahead. Light and delicate, our raffia shoes will carry you gently into summer. Clergerie celebrates raffia know-how through original, timeless and comfortable raffia shoes. Iconic material of the Maison, the raffia shoes marry perfectly the lightness of its patterns to natural colors, it is the ideal material to wear barefoot in summer!


 

 

 

 Clergerie x Chufy

In 2021, during a collaboration with Clergerie and Chufy. The line was enriched with four pieces, notably sublimating raffia, Clergerie's emblematic material.

New raffia shoes were designed in collaboration with Chufy, adorned with very dolce vita prints... Between know-how and modernity, these airy ribbons embrace the ankles or are invited on the lining of braided mules.

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 Gabriela Hearst x Clergerie

Also in 2022, the Gabriela Hearst x Clergerie collaboration which was presented during New York Fashion Week, is is a subtle marriage between creativity, know-how and natural materials.

The collection, true to the DNA of both maisons, is composed of iconic designs reinterpreted in hand-woven raffia.

Clergerie shoes use wood and raffia. The raffia is hand-woven by traditional artisans. Gabriela Hearst adds cork, a material emblematic of her low environmental impact collections.

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Our know-how with raffia

Our raffia shoes and bags are hand-woven and assembled from a natural fiber according to an age-old technique of the weavers of the Atlas Mountains, making each pair unique. Clergerie is proud to work with the best craftsmen in the respect and preservation of a traditional know-how and to maintain a strong expectation for quality.

For 40 years, men and women have been the guardians of the maison's know-how, in order to create the best raffia shoes and bags.

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