Gabriela Hearst x Clergerie
This collaboration came upon working with David Tourniaire, a master shoe designer from Romans-sur-Isere, a town which used to be the heart of shoe production in France and counts more than 120 years of craftstmanship.
Clergerie is the last remaining shoemaker that still produces its shoes in the region. The Clergerie shoes use wood and raffia, two materials that would make up for the penury of leather during World War II and have become signature elements of the Maison. The raffia is woven by hand by traditional artisans in Morocco and the shoes are assembled in France in their atelier in Romans-sur-Isere. We brought cork elements, a low impact material as you don't kill the tree but shave the trunk instead. Combining these elements together was the essence of our capsule collection.