“I wasn’t even remotely meddlesome in fashion,” a accessories engineer Pierre Hardy says of his Parisian childhood. “My mom was a ballet instructor and my father taught athletics, so a usually kind of wardrobe that held my courtesy was super sporty, like high-tech ski suits.” Hardy, too, was ardent about dance as good as drawing, disciplines he followed even as he worked toward a training grade in cosmetic humanities from a École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay in Cachan. After graduation, he assimilated a complicated dance unit and drew illustrations for European conform magazines such as Vanity Fair Italia and Vogue Hommes. In 1987, he took a position styling boots during Christian Dior, and so began his renowned career in fashion. Hermès was subsequent to notice Hardy’s talents, fixing him artistic executive of a men’s and women’s boots in 1990 — and, later, of a haute joaillerie. In 1999, he started his possess label, famous for a color-blocked saddlebags and men’s sneakers. Soon after, Nicolas Ghesquière, afterwards a engineer of Balenciaga, asked him to manage women’s boots for a code — a decade-long partnership that resulted in some of Hardy’s many dear designs, including his unconventional Lego sandal and height Oxfords with Formica-tiled heels.
The 62-year-old’s accessories — spare, graphic, practical — are now tangible and prove Diana Vreeland’s revelation that a eye has to travel, only as it competence when holding in a line sketch by Sol LeWitt, one of Hardy’s favorite artists. But Hardy is only as endangered with function: “My years as a dancer left me with a genuine bargain of transformation and a intricacies of a foot,” he says. “I work within a scale that’s intensely precise, and I’ve always appreciated a clarity of strictness that demands.”