Pierre Hardy is a French shoe designer who studied fine arts at college. He designed his first shoe collection in 1988 for Christian Dior. His designs were successful and he was chosen to collaborate with Vogue Homme International magazine, where he was responsible for editing and illustrating the show page.
Continually busy in the 1990s, Pierre Hardy also designed footwear for Hermés, became the Art Director of Sequoia and became a teacher at the "Superior School of Applied Art" (translated from the French "Ecole Superieur des Arts Appliqués"). Finally, in 1999, Pierre Hardy launched his own shoe collection to rave reviews, following this with a collection of shoes for men in 2001. He opened is first Parisien boutique in 2003, and since then has opened a string of boutiques across the world. In addition to his own shoe collection, Pierre still finds time to be the chief designer of Balenciaga shoes. He is also an accomplished dancer!
Celebrities known to love Pierre Hardy shoes include Rihanna (see left, Rihanna is wearing the fabulous Pierre Hardy metallic lace up shoes), Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie (see right, Nicole is wearing the Pierre Hardy black gladiator sandal.) Nicole was so impressed with Pierre Hardy's footwear that she got him to custom design the sandals that she wore for the Academy Awards ceremony.
The UK Pierre Hardy stockists are in London, at 17/18 Dover Street Market, W1S 4LT and also Harrods in Knightsbridge. Other boutiques across the world can be found in New York, Moscow, Berlin, Hong Kong, Milan, Canada and of course, Paris. For most of us living in the UK, it will be far easier to fulfil our desire for these beautiful shoes by buying them online (see below).
One company offering worldwide delivery of Pierre Hardy shoes is Yoox, who boast an extremely large collection of designer shoes, many at sale prices. The link above takes you to the Spring Summer season - if you would prefer to browse the Autumn Winter range, then click here.