Benjamin Bigot
1981Born in Mâcon, France
1997–1999Trained as a shoemaker specializing in custom-made footwear in Marseille
2001Obtained his journeyman’s certificate as a shoemaker specializing in orthopedic footwear in Toulouse
Since 2010Has been running his own atelier cum shop in Karlsruhe
Since 2015Lectureship Accesoire Design, Pforzheim University

Benjamin Bigot

Benjamin Bigot devotes all his passion to the traditional shoemaking techniques, while at the same time applying his ideas to modernize and re-define the tradition of his craft. He has been influenced significantly by the Compagnons du Devoir, the association of itinerant French journeymen. His employers include the maker of luxury shoes John Lobb, as well as companies specializing in orthopedic shoes. Nowadays, Bigot’s customers can witness the 200 work steps involved, starting from taking measurements and creating a last to the finished shoe, in his atelier cum shop in Karlsruhe. Prices start at 1,500 euros, depending on the model, as well as on the sole material and type of leather involved. In 2015, Benjamin Bigot won the ART AUREA AWARD. In 2018 he was honored at the IDEENSTARK competition of the MFG Media and Film Society Baden-Württemberg.