Cornaërt is a sock line based in France. The Founder, Clara Cornaërt was born in Paris in 1988. In 2012, she graduated the french fashion school “l’École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne” and worked for various prestigious fashion houses such as Isabel Marant and Maison Martin Margiela. In March 2014, she launched her own brand of socks intending to restaure this accessory’s image usually considered as a backstage item in order to create for each new set a coherent universe of reference for the Customer. Cornaërt also wishes to be an environmental and responsible brand. Socks are made in France in a midsize factory based in the centre of France. Attention to quality and resistance is a priority to lengthen their lifetime (heels and toes are reinforced).
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. My name is Clara Cornaërt; I was born in Paris and I still live here. I design socks as a luxury accessory.
What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on? I am currently working on a new collection that I will present on the Who’s Next Paris showroom in January.
How did your interest in art or fashion begin? I think it came naturally. As far as I can remember I’ve always been interested in “art” even if I don’t think that’s what I’d call the drawings I produced as a kid! But when I was a little girl, I could draw for hours (mostly girls and princesses). Actually, I’ve always been interested in beautiful things more than in art or fashion specifically.
#1 fashion don’t? Never say never! Particularly, in fashion!
If you had to explain your work or brand to a stranger, what would you say? I am the founder and designer of a brand of socks. The idea is to offer an interesting universe, nice and unusual socks made in good quality materials. Every model is produced entirely in France by people who are respected for their knowhow. Socks deserve a place in the fashion world!
What’s your favorite thing about your city? I like to walk or take a bus, and I like to always notice something new in neighborhoods that I thought I knew well. I also like cozy coffee shops and restaurants in the winter. I am not too sure I answered the question…
What are your thoughts about the fashion scene in Paris? I think that in Paris the history of fashion takes a lot of place, which is good because it is a part of our DNA and a big part of our economy! But the bad side is that the fashion scene is a little bit frozen. I think French people are frightened by change and evolution. So it’s not easy for a young designer to show up. I am glad Jacquemus appeared; it gives fresh air in the french fashion world!
What is your snack/beverage of choice when working in your studio? I drink water and I don’t snack—boring.
If you hadn’t become a designer what do you think you’d be doing? I would probably be the owner of a little restaurant of pasta.
What are you listening to right now? The sound of the fridge; it’s very irritating, I’ll put the radio on.