Luxury French shoe brand Robert Clergerie announced David Tourniaire-Beauciel as its new creative director. Tourniaire-Beauciel is a native of Romans-sur-Isère in the South of France where Robert Clergerie was first established in 1981. Having begun his career at French shoe brand Stephane Kelian, Tourniaire-Beauciel eventually moved to Paris in 1994 to design for Jean-Paul Gaultier. He later worked for other major designers including Martin Margiela, Phoebe Philo at Chloé, Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga. He was also involved in the relaunch of Salvatore Ferragamo’s footwear collections.
“We thank Roland for his impressive contribution and wish him all the best,” said newly appointed CEO Perry Oosting in a statement. “I am very happy to welcome David as the new creative director of Robert Clergerie. I strongly believe in the importance of knowing the peculiarities of shoemaking and I am sure David’s love for Clergerie and for what it stands for will translate into an exciting new chapter of our history.”
Tourniaire-Beauciel succeeds Roland Mouret, who was at the brand for six years and is departing to focus on his own namesake label. He will work on the Spring/Summer 2018 collection, but his first full collection will be Fall/Winter 2018.
“It is truly an honour to work with one of the most iconic French shoe brands,” said Tourniaire-Beauciel. “I am very much looking forward to joining Robert Clergerie and I feel the responsibility to bring its French touch to women around the world. It is also very emotional to be part of Robert Clergerie and work again in my home town. I would like to thank Perry and the Clergerie team for giving me this opportunity. ”