THE ARMENIAN SCHOOL OF FOOTWEAR DESIGN

1946 | Sarkis Der Balian
Paris

A hundred years after the genocide of the Armenian population and the following diaspora, we want to remember the many Armenians whom moved to Europe, France in particular, to became, more often than not, shoemakers.
Living mainly in Belleville, nearby Paris, as repairers or cobblers, some of them were able to climb up the ladder thanks to talent and extraordinary craftsmanship such as Sarkis Der Balian or Garabédian. Others distinguished themselves for their entrepreneurial skills such as Ascot Of Paris founder Armen Karagulian. In more recent times the name to remember is Arsho Baghsarian (I.Miller, Dior, Sho Biz, Margaret Jerrold, Colette).

A cento anni dal genocidio della popolazione Armena, e dalla diaspora che ne seguì, vogliamo ricordare questi eventi con un pensiero ai tanti armeni trasferiti in Europa, in Francia in particolare e lì spesso diventati calzolai. Installati principalmente a Belleville, quartiere di Parigi, come riparatori o ciabattini, alcuni di loro seppero farsi strada grazie ad una straordinaria abilità artigianale e artistica, come Sarkis Der Balian o Garabédian o grazie al talento imprenditoriale, come Armen Karagulian, fondatore della maison Ascott di Parigi. Il nome da ricordare, più vicino ai giorni nostri, é Arsho Baghsarian (I.Miller, Dior, Shoe Biz, Margaret Jerrold, Colette)


1938 | Ascott by Armen Karagulian
Paris

I have great feelings for the Armenians. They were the bankers of the Ottoman Empire and they are a very old race. They go back very far and there are many similarities between the Armenians and the Jews - from the persecution point, from the brains and the financial abilities point as well as their sales ability. Also they are quite artistic. And generally speaking they are incredible people. 
Jerry Miller
[From: The Wandering Shoe - My Goodfriens, NY 1984]


1938 | Ascott by Armen Karagulian
Paris

1938 | Ascott by Armen Karagulian
Paris

1949 | Garabedian

Shoe Strings by Shoe Biz
Designed by Arsho Baghsarian

INTRODUCING
SARKIS DER BALIAN

SARKIS DER BALIAN
PHOTOGALLERY

INTRODUCING
ARSHO BAGHSARIAN

A TRIBUTE TO
THE ARMENIAN SCHOOL OF FOOTWEAR DESIGN


 

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