Speaker - Jerome C. Rousseau

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Jerome C. Rousseau launched his eponymous label with the Fall 2008 collection. His distinctive creations have been extensively featured in Vogue, Elle, Bazaar, and other publications worldwide. Celebrities wearing the label include Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Stewart, Katie Holmes, Drew Barrymore, January Jones, Olivia Wilde, Nicole Richie and others.

In July 2010, the label was awarded the prestigious "Who Is On Next" accessories prize by Vogue Italia. The label also recently created the "Quorra" sandal for the Tron: Legacy film, in collaboration with Disney.

Rousseau finessed his design skills for ten years in London and Los Angeles, where he worked alongside Matthew Williamson, Isabella Fiore, John Richmond and John Rocha. He had previously built a strong technical knowledge in footwear design at London's Cordwainers College, famous for its many reputed alumni including Jimmy Choo and others.

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."

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 C. Rousseau footwear is available at highly reputed retailers worldwide, including Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols, Browns, Le Bon Marche, Holt Renfrew, Dover Street Market and others. The Jerome C. Rousseau footwear is expertly handcrafted in Italy.

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