I had the privilege to visit the flagship store and workshop of the shoemakers, Maison Corthay on rue Volney in Paris. Pierre Corthay was trained at the age of 16 years old within a craftsman’s guild called “Les Compagnons du Devoir”. “Les Compagnons du devoir” was founded in the medieval ages, and regroups the best craftsmen in all trades (carpenter, stonecutter, tapestry maker, etc….).

He worked two years for John Lobb Paris before taking over during five years as Head of atelier at Berluti. In 1990, Pierre Corthay launched his own workshop close to the Place Vendôme. In 1996, Christophe Corthay, Pierre’s younger brother who is another “Compagnon du Devoir”, joins the family business. Later in 2000, Corthay ready-to-wear collection is created, to satisfy the increasing number of clients.

During the visit, I was really surprise by the camel leather skins produced by a tannery in Abu Dhabi. Camel leather has been used to make new versions of Maison Corthay’s best-selling Arca shoes. In fact camel skin is three times stronger than comparable cow leather.

Corthay shoes are sublime, from the bold choice of leather, to the fine work on the colors. Every shoes are manufactured by highly skilled craftsmen in France. I really enjoyed the visit of their Parisian store and the workshop !

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