Introducing: Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie

France has been heavy on our minds as of late. We’ve turned to the country as the next to add to our international roster of designers, and it’s also as the home base for our latest collaboration with revered footwear designer, Robert Clergerie. Many aspects of Clergerie’s rich heritage made us ecstatic to work with the brand. We were inspired by Clergerie’s innovative spirit, which, among other things, made him the first designer to produce a women’s shoe on a men’s last - creating a traditional flat lace-up oxford for women. Opening Ceremony worked with Robert Clergerie to create a rope-sole platform oxford in fabrics featured in the Spring/Summer 2010 Opening Ceremony collection. Polka dot linen (in oatmeal and navy), indigo linen, and a custom floral watercolor-printed denim all made the cut.

After working under iconic footwear designer Charles Jourdan, Robert Clergerie expanded on his own and purchased the famed Joseph Fenestrier shoe factory in the French footwear capital of Romans, France. Built in 1895, his factory is an integral part of shoemaking in France – and we couldn’t wait to see it for ourselves. Check out the Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie Spring 2010 collection, and some photos from our trip from Paris to Romans to visit Robert and his epic headquarters!

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