Mr. Clergerie launched his eponymous line in 1981, and his chunky, simple designs filled stores from Paris to New York. The French designer was also known for introducing men’s styles, especially the oxford, into women’s footwear. These days, however, his shoes have been overshadowed by flashier and daintier brands such as Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.
Now Mr. Clergierie is heading to Hong Kong to collaborate with Lane Crawford on an exclusive lace-up shoe designed for the store, as well as to meet and greet fashion-design students at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This collaboration may be just what he needs — Lane Crawford is known for bringing in buzzy designers that enhance its edgy fashion insight. And the current retro trend inspired by 1970s fashion –including oxfords on women — could signal a renewed interest in Robert Clergerie shoes.