JEROME C. ROUSSEAU launched his eponymous label with the Fall 2008 collection. Born in Quebec, his interest for design was shaped through art and music. “I started drawing shoes as a teenager after watching a Deee-Lite videoclip. I was influenced by its unique styling, but it was the overstated retro footwear that first caught my attention.”
Jerome finessed his design skills for ten years in London and Los Angeles, where he worked alongside Matthew Williamson, John Richmond and John Rocha. He had previously built a strong technical knowledge of footwear design at London’s Cordwainers College, famous for its many reputed alumni. In July 2010, the label was awarded the prestigious “Who Is On Next” accessories prize by Vogue Italia.
Modern art, European design, pop culture and nightlife are some of Rousseau’s inspirations. “I initially think in terms of shape, silhouette and structure when I design. It’s later on that I bring fashion in the equation”. His distinctive creations have been extensively featured in Vogue, Elle, Bazaar, Style.com and other publications worldwide. Celebrities wearing the label include Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Stewart, Katie Holmes, Jessica Alba, Elle Fanning, January Jones, Olivia Wilde, Miranda Kerr and others.
JEROME C. ROUSSEAU footwear is expertly handcrafted in Italy.