Roger Vivier was born in Paris, November 13, 1907. In 1924, he began studying sculpture at the Beaux Arts of Paris, abandoning the course two years later for shoemaking and starting an apprenticeship.
Fascinated by theater and music halls, Vivier also designed theater decors. Backstage, he encountered Josephine Baker and Mistinguette for whom he started to design custom-made shoes. With the success of his first style, in 1937 he opened a boutique on the Rue Royale, one of the most prestigious addresses in Paris. Roger then began to collaborate with the leading names of fashion, from Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Pierre Balmain and Emmanuel Ungaro to Guy Laroche, Jean Patou, Nina Ricci and Madame Grès.
With a unique design and cut, topped with the Roger Vivier signature of a large chrome buckle, the Trompette square toed shoe with a modern heel became an icon of understated style for the independent woman the world over since the 1960s.
The shoes became the talk of the town amongst top celebrities and fashion models, including the famous Catherine Deneuve, who appeared in movie Belle du Jour with the Belle Vivier Trompette Buckle shoes. Subsequently, the Trompette became Roger Vivier's most popular design ever, selling 200,000 pairs in one year.
In 1953, Roger Vivier once again rose to fame by designing a pair of garnet-studded, gold kidskin pumps for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II worn on her coronation day. It was considered a great honour for the designer to have a British monarch receive her crown in French shoes. Another royal success for Vivier was earning a loyal customer in the Duchess of Windsor.
Other glamourous women Roger Vivier have attracted over the years include names such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, and Brigitte Bardot.
In the present, Roger Vivier continues to be worn by women of excellence and star power, such as Hollywood's Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Dakota Johnson and Jennifer Lawrence.
Answering the needs of women who require both elegance and efficiency and who value essential sophistication with just the right amount of eccentricity, Roger Vivier offers a personalised sense of detail, luxury within reach and an unfailing legacy of exceptional workmanship rooted in the founder's haute couture origins.