Founded in 1952 by Henri Lederman, Carvil settles in the Rue Royale in Paris and opens its shop on Rue Pierre Charron of the same year, in the heart of the Parisian Golden Triangle. The trendy post-war Paris listens to Boris Vian, Salvador or Danny Boy. And at the cinema, a sacred monster heats up the screen in the Tontons flingueurs : in the dialogue scenes of Michel Audiard, Lino Ventura immortalizes the first Carvil loafer, the Triumph. The New Wave arrives with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon meeting in Sois belle et tais-toi.

At the start of the 60s, in loafer full bloom, Delon wows Hollywood in Plein Soleil. The charisma and class of Tom Ripley speeds up the actor’s career. On his feet are the Carvil horsebit loafers, a favourite piece of the actor. In 1966, the playboys of Jacques Dutronc wear Cardin and buy their shoes from Carvil, at the peak of its popularity.

At the same time, Henri Lederman designs the Dylan boot, in tribute to the artist with a zipped and velvet version. Now at ease with the blue jeans, leather jacket and black sunglasses look, the Carvil shoe adds a touch of impertinence to its elegance. Its white patent leather version becomes popular after being worn on stage by Claude François, who was already ordering his own custom-made models set on a 5 cm heel. Joe Dassin and Alain Chamfort walk in his footsteps during their first Olympia. A shoe whose posterity makes its way to the coffin of Mike Brant, wearing a pair of white boots for the occasion.


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