PARIS — Clergerie, led by its fledgling creative director David Tourniaire-Beauciel, is embarking on a road trip “to create links, bridges, every season with different parts of the world.”
With this idea of mixing French shoemaking with crafts from different cultures the first stop, for spring 2019, is China, with a capsule designed in collaboration with Beijing-based stylist Lucia Liu.
The mission, said Tourniaire-Beauciel, is to connect with personalities who “can represent in a new way” the DNA of the heritage footwear brand.
Liu, one of China’s most influential stylists who was a judge on “China’s Next Top Model,” revisited the signature Clergerie platforms on articulated soles with floral embroideries produced in her native Sichuan region. Liu, who boasts more than 50,000 followers on Instagram, described the collaboration as a “deeply personal” design project.
Sporting delicate flowers and metallic details embroidered by hand on lambskin, the signature masculine-feminine contrast of the wedges gives a subtle punk vibe. The shoes were developed in Clergerie’s ateliers in Romans-sur-Isère, France.
Two styles are available, in black or white: a high monk-strap version with a 100-millimeter articulated wedge, and a lace-up derby style with an 85 millimeter articulated wedge.
“It’s how you use those elements. I think the sense of color and [traditional details] have always influenced my own styling and personal life, and here I tried to modernize it,” said Liu, describing the shoes as “colorful but still quite cool, with the high platform.”
“It’s also about the different ways of styling the shoes,” added the stylist who, as founder of creative company The Ballroom, has collaborated with brands including Uka and Pony.
The footwear capsule is to launch on Clergerie’s web site as well as in the brand’s stores and selected retailers worldwide from February 2019.