Initially drawn to design and architecture, Robert Clergerie discovered the world of shoes in 1970. He fell in love with the profession and its technical aspects straight away. He perfected his craft over the course of several years working in Romans-sur-Isère, at the heart of the French shoe industry.
In 1978, Robert Clergerie acquired a longstanding manufacturing site in Romans-sur-Isère; in so doing, he gained access to archives dating back to 1895 and the expertise of top shoemakers, a legacy which enabled him to master the entire production process very quickly, on a level in line with his standards.
The Clergerie brand was established in 1981 and opened its first boutique at 5, rue du Cherche-Midi in Paris shortly after.
Always designed, developed and produced in France in the Romans factory, the Clergerie collections combine simplicity and innovative design, artisanal know-how and noble and innovative materials. Designing the shoe in an architectural way, using natural materials such as raffia, or mixing masculine and feminine reflect the avant-garde approach of the brand which imposes its style in the manufacture of high-end shoes by making Goodyear welt its emblematic process.
Clergerie claims to be a brand with a bold, unconventional approach, with a strong aesthetic always enhanced by a touch of elegance.
Clergerie draws its inspiration from the representation of an independent and contemporary woman who defines her own elegance. Her shoe underlines her originality without ever making her give up her freedom of movement.
Recognized for his unique designs, Clergerie received the “Best Designer of the Year” award three times and was also entered into the American Fashion Footwear Association’s “Hall of Fame” in 2005.