Carven and the designer Guillaume Henry
The French fashion label Carven was born in 1945 thanks to Carmen de Tommaso who wanted to dress petite and skinny women for whom clothing were not easily fitting. During its beginnings, Carven was more orientated in a high-fashion style but quickly changed to something more ready-to-wear where it achieved success. Unfortunately, the label was slowly forgotten. Guillaume Henry, a young French designer had started his career working for Givenchy and Paule Ka. By appointing him new creative director, Carven did the right move and strongly came back on the fashion scene in 2010. With this new youth, Carven quickly became an important name of the fashion world of this starting 21st century. With its very French and luxury style plus Guillaume Henry’s creativity and modern ideas, Carven has been brought back from the dead and intends to stay.
Shoes and clothing at Carven work on the same concept: take classical lines and cuts to turn them into something more contemporary. Out of time, the Carven shoes will give style to any outfit. Guillaume Henry followed Carmen de Tommaso’s idea who wanted her customers to have shoes for their everyday lives, and worked on trendy details to give them more peps. The collections generally include sandals, pumps and boots, with a retro inspiration, bows, hole to let parts of the foot out, and quality materials such as leather or less expected, tweed.
Robert Clergerie and Carven shoes
In 2011, the French shoe maker Robert Clergerie and Carven started working hands in hands to create a few pairs of shoes. These shoes ended up being colorful loafers with platform soles. This association gave the two designers the opportunity to pick something very classical and turn into a surprising and very original item.