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September 25, 2013

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Clairvoy – Last of the Independent French Bespoke Shoemakers?

bespoke samples Clairvoy

A name you probably have never heard of (except maybe the once that I wrote about them way back when) that makes spectacular shoes in the typically French flair fashion, is Clairvoy. Having made their mark in bespoke shoes,both men and women dating back to 1945, it was only until recently that they decided to embark upon a men’s RTW collection. Something new to my ears as I had thought that they were still strictly bespoke. Apparently I was wrong, and thankfully so, as this now gives me another stop to take on my next trip to Paris!! But it just reminds me that of the French bespoke shoemakers, unless I am wrong, they are the only ones still independently owned. Strike that statement as I just remember hearing through the grapevine that Aubercy’s bespoke offerings are back in the works (will have to triple check this though!). That being, there are two left. And from what I see, Clairvoy are doing a great job at sticking to the ingredients that make French shoes so illustrious: color, sharp shapes and striking details!!!

  • Il Satiro

    Clairvoy under the old founder was the one and only shoemaker for the Moulin Rouge dancers 🙂

    • TheShoeSnob

      yea, I read about that…quite cool!

  • trio

    You’re forgetting eric devos and gérald thibault, who are both good friends from Anthony Delos and great shoemakers. You can take a look at their websites

    • TheShoeSnob

      I am not forgetting them, I just did not know about them, but thank you for sharing!

  • Thibault

    Maybe Aubercy?

    • TheShoeSnob

      yes, I have heard that they will be doing their bespoke again, but for awhile they stopped and only had RTW available…

  • Thelonius

    What do you mean exactly by “independently owned ? Isn’t JM Weston independently owned ?

    • TheShoeSnob

      if you notice, i said “bespoke” shoemakers….JM Weston does not do bespoke