After training with the Compagnons du Devoir for 7 years and working at bootmakers John Lobb and Berluti, Pierre Corthay founded his company in 1990, at the age of 28.
Though he initially only made bespoke shoes for select clients, he has since 2002, rolled out a small seasonal collection of ready-to-wear shoes and small leather goods, much to the benefit of men who love their shoes but may not perhaps have pockets deep enough (or time enough) for the full bespoke service. Together with his brother Christophe, who is also a Compagnon, he designs, develops and crafts the collections, which are currently sold in cities such as London, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo, Seoul and Dubai.
The current collection is notable for its use of Japanese denim, giving a modern, casual touch to otherwise quite dressy shoes. Corthay works closely with the Japanese mill they get their fabric from and the denim is woven to exacting standards near the fishing village of Kurashiki in Japan, resulting in a lustrous deep indigo that lends itself beautifully to the finished shoes. No doubt the new Arca Stream model, with it’s streamlined, linear style, will also be a firm Corthay favourite. However, my pick is still the denim loafers with the slim silhouette. Those would go great with a pair of white chinos, cuffed just above the ankle, with a light-coloured long-sleeved linen shirt.
In Singapore, Pierre Corthay can be found at Malmaison by The Hour Glass.