Pierre Hardy (fashion designer)

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Pierre Hardy
Born (1956-02-01) 1 February 1956 (age 64)
Paris, France
OccupationFashion designer

Pierre Hardy (born 1 February 1956) is a French fashion designer who specializes in luxury footwear. Hardy is known for designing high-end women's shoes and men's sneakers.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hardy was born in Paris.[2] His mother was a ballet instructor and his father taught athletics.[3] He pursued a teaching degree in plastic arts[3] and taught at art schools, includings at his alma mater École Duperré in Paris.[4] After graduation, he joined a modern dance troupe and drew illustrations for European fashion magazines such as Vanity Fair Italia and Vogue Hommes.[3]

Career in design[edit]

In 1987, Hardy took a position styling shoes at Christian Dior.[2][3]

From 1990 until 1999, Hardy worked under Claude Brouet at Hermès,[4] where he was responsible for men's and women's shoes.[5] At Hermès, he created classics that include the Oran sandal in 1997.[4] For the spring/summer 1998 collection, he developed the Quick trainer, making Hermès the first luxury brand to design a trainer made entirely of leather. In 2001, Hermès added jewelry to his responsibilities.[5]

In 1999, Hardy launched his eponymous brand, Pierre Hardy.[6] Within a year, he sold 5,000 pairs to stores like Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York.[4] Today the brand sells luxury shoe and fashion accessories for men and women.[2] In 2016, he sold a minority stake of his company to Hermès.[4]

From 2001, Hardy also oversaw women's shoes for Balenciaga, under the leadership of Nicolas Ghesquière. He left Balenciaga when Ghesquière did, in 2012.[4] He also collaborated with the Gap Inc. in 2011, and with the makeup brand NARS Cosmetics in 2013.[5]


In 2016, Hardy was awarded with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Hardy was in a seven-year relationship with Nicolas Ghesquière.[8] He is married to Christopher Turnier.[4]


Country Number of stores Cities Location
France 1 Paris (1) 156, Galerie de Valois 75001 Paris[9]
United States of America 1 New York City (1) 30, Jane Street 10014 New York[9]
Japan 1 Tokyo (1) Minami Aoyama Yusen Building A-103 5-5-25 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku[9]


  1. ^ Friedman, Vanessa (13 July 2016). "Hermès Steps Into the Shoe Wars With a Stake in Pierre Hardy". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Kate Finnigan (November 25, 2017), 'Fashion's favourite brainiac': Pierre Hardy on creating cult shoes for Hermès The Daily Telegraph.
  3. ^ a b c d Lindsay Talbot (October 12, 2018), The Bold Sensibility of Pierre Hardy T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Alexandra Marshall (February 9, 2017), Pierre Hardy’s Black-and-White Parisian Pad Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ a b c Vanessa Friedman (July 13, 2016), Hermès Steps Into the Shoe Wars With a Stake in Pierre Hardy New York Times.
  6. ^ "About Pierre Hardy - Portrait, inspirations and creation process". Pierrehardy.com. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  7. ^ "PIERRE HARDY, CHEVALIER DE LA LÉGION D'HONNEUR". Pierrehardy.com. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  8. ^ Cathy Horyn (August 28, 2005), How Nicolas Got His Groove Back T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
  9. ^ a b c "Stores". Pierrehardy.com. Retrieved 10 December 2018.

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