Pierre Hardy

Crafting statement footwear under his eponymous line since 1999, Pierre Hardy draws from a wide spectrum of inspiration including abstract paintings, graphic imagery, sculpture, proportions, and most importantly 21st century modernism that is noticeable through every season. Heralded as an artist for his radical creations, Hardy pushes beyond the confines of trends and focuses heavily on bringing unprecedented structure and shapes to his line’s offerings.

Upon entering the fashion industry, Hardy worked as an illustrator at Vanity Fair Italy and Vogue Hommes International before being enlisted to design the women’s collections at Christian Dior. In 1990, he was appointed the creative director for women’s and men’s shoe collections at Hermès, all before starting his namesake house as he continued to contribute his signature style of striking visual elements to the legacy brand and later on, inheriting leadership of Hermès’ fine jewelry line as well.

A background education in dance and a degree in plastic arts influenced the French designer’s deft understanding of form and silhouettes, allowing him to experiment with a unique perspective. From 2001 to 2013, Hardy journeyed on a 12-year collaboration with Balenciaga’s then creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière on the label’s women’s and men’s collections.

Endowed with some of the most important honors by the French Ministry of Culture, including Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and subsequently Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, the master shoemaker has expanded his line to include accessories, men’s footwear, and most recently a perfume.

For men’s, sneakers and casual boots are slightly subdued but still maintain a level of vivacity Hardy has come to be known for, as evidenced in the Trek Comet sneaker. In the women’s line, it’s all about the brand’s foundational DNA of bright colors and the high-spirited contemporary style with hints of sensuality, as present in showy styles such as in the secret sandal and color block boots.

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