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What Designer Jerome C. Rousseau Was Doing at Age 25

“When I was 25, I was very busy clubbing in London,” quipped Jerome C. Rousseau. All jokes aside, the shoe designer admitted that being 25 years old was actually a very pivotal period for him.

Jerome Rousseau Spring 2017 Shoes
Jerome C. Rousseau spring ’17 styles.

At the time, Rousseau was working as a freelance designer in London for labels such as Matthew Williamson, Jasper Conran and John Richmond. It was while working for other designers that he made a major career move.

“When I was 25, it was the year I decided I would do my own label,” he said. “I wasn’t ready to do it yet, but it was the affirmative year I knew I would have my [namesake] line.”

Jerome Rousseau Spring 2017 Shoes
Jerome C. Rousseau spring ’17 style.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

Rousseau subsequently relocated to California.”I worked really hard over the next five years and saved literally every bit of money I could to put toward [my collection],” he said. “I continued working out of Italy and met great people that would eventually become my partners in Italy as well.”

 

Kat Graham Celebrity Statement Shoes June 2016
June 2016: Kat Graham opted for Jerome C. Rousseau shoes on the red carpet at the Friar’s Club Entertainment Icon Awards.
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