Gerard Kelian: French shoe designer is dead

Gérard Kélian was 87 years old and succumbed to a lung infection. He created the Kélian shoe brand, which became a benchmark in fashion and luxury in the 1980s.
The French shoe industry (and more broadly fashion) has lost one of its big names. Gérard Kélian , whose real name is Gérard Keloglanian, died at the age of 87. He had founded with his two brothers the Kélian brand, which was popular worldwide in the 90s.

Gérard Kélian died on Monday December 7, 2020, in Romans-sur-Isère, in Drôme. He died of a lung infection. The mayor of the town, Marie-Hélène Thoraval, paid tribute to him. ” I keep the memory of a beautiful person, of a beautiful soul and the memory that remains to me are her hands. I tell myself that these are the hands that have embellished women, these are the hands that have makes the world work, ”she explained in comments reported by France Bleu.

Marie-Hélène Thoroval also had a word for Maison Kélian: “ It is a family business whose notoriety has greatly exceeded our territory since it was known internationally. ” He and his two brothers Georges and Stéphane Kélian had teamed up to create this brand in their name. Gérard was in charge of production and left the company in 1995.

The Kélians had settled in Drôme after fleeing the Ottoman Empire and the massacres against the Armenian community. The designer contributed to the fame of Romans-sur-Isère and the department of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The city, which has become the capital of French luxury footwear, honored him by immortalizing its iconic model, the derby shoe with a heel and a braided upper.

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