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The GQA: Sole Talk with Christian Louboutin

If you're not familiar with the name Christian Louboutin, it's a guarantee your wife, girlfriend, mom, hell even the lady in front of you at the post office is. The French shoe designer is best known for his signature red-soled, sky high heels that have become the female footwear equivalent of a Rolex; which is to say they're exceptionally crafted, expensive, and immediately recognizable. While his legion of loyal ladies may be the foundation for the brand's success, Louboutin has turned his attention to the gents in recent years, slowly rolling out a full line of footwear for guys that bears the hallmarks of his playful, sometimes subversive design aesthetic. In fact, the collection of classic dress shoes, iconic spiked loafers, and lu kicks has grown so steadily since it's inception that dedicated stores became a necessity for the brand. One in Louboutin's home city of Paris came first and late last month his men's only NYC store was completed. We caught up with the designer just after his Meatpacking District boutique opened it's doors for business and learned how his men's business almost happened by accident, the difference between designing for a woman and a man, and why he associates clogs with donkeys.

GQ: Congratulations on the new store. I'm sure GQ readers are familiar with your name but may not be as familiar with your point-of-view as a men's designer. How did your men's business come about?

** Louboutin:** Well I always did a little bit for men. For me or for friends if I needed a shoe. But properly as a collection I really started three years ago a young pop star called Mika called me one day and wanted me to design all the shoes for his show for his tour. I like his music, so I say "great, why not?" But I did want to know why he asked me, who designs shoes for women, when he is a man and wants men's shoes? He said he lives with his three sisters and never sees so much excitement in girls as when they put my shoes on. Everything on stage for him needs to be very exciting, exciting for him but also exciting for his fans there. And so I started to do a full collection of shoes thinking of him on stage. Then I drifted towards designing a full collection, which of course he didn't need. He needed a few pairs. I ended up putting some of them in my stores and they flew away. So I really started because of someone on stage. And it's funny because now I feel that a lot of people, stage people actually, entertainers in general, love my shoes, so it sort of makes sense.

GQ: You've designed for other entertainers on stage, women and men, aside from Mika. Is there a secret to designing a shoe meant for the stage versus one for daily life? Does it come down to materials that are reflective or shiny or does the silhouette change?

** Louboutin:** It really depends on people, on the performer. Some performers are very sleek and so the design is going to be very simple, very straight lines, or either pointed really, I'd say in terms of line. Depending who is on stage it can be the shape as it really is or it can be an added element. It really depends on people.

GQ: And then once you determine the profile...

** Louboutin:** I work on things that are shiny - you need to think of things that are attracting light, that's for sure. Or completely redirecting the light. But you think in terms of lighting. That's for sure.

GQ: When you decided to move ahead with the line of men's shoes, did you find anything challenging about the transition? Were there issues you didn't anticipate?

** Louboutin:** Something quite challenging for me is that for the longest time guys, especially me being born and raised in Paris, we always have this idea that men just love shoes and a shoe should last forever. I have seen it many times lately that a lot of guys are not anymore in this attitude. It could be called metrosexual or whatever. But a lot of guys who are really into shoes are just like women who are really into shoes. Even if women adore shoes I haven't really met any women yet that are proud to have shoes for twenty years. There is a whole new attitude to men - they're pretty excited the way women are about shoes and it's definitely not a gay attitude. I mean it does concern gay people as well, but it's clearly not a specialty to gay people. A lot of guys have told me they now understand the excitement they saw their wives have for five years.

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GQ: Technically speaking, what's the biggest difference between designing for a man and for a woman? Obviously it's different based on heel height, but are there details that are particular to designing a shoe for a man?

** Louboutin:** Definitely, you know it's a funny, it's quite rare that when I'm designing shoes for men and then for women at the same time because...

GQ: That's what I was going to ask.

** Louboutin:** I actually put myself in a specific state of mind. Let's say I take a piece of leather and I'm thinking of a woman. I'm going to think, "OK, can I recover bottoms, can I do a bow, is it soft enough, can I drape it?" When I'm in my men mentality then I'm going to visualize it completely differently. Is it thick enough? Will it expand enough? Is it soft enough that guys will like it? Do I need to line it? I mean the question will be completely different. That's why you have to program yourself if I'm into men or if I'm into women. When I'm working for women it's never curvy enough. You know the heel is curving the legs but also curving the body. When you're thinking men you're thinking differently and designing with more angles, you know. My drawing for women is really curvy. My drawings for men are actually quite angular.

GQ: If you are in a different head space when it comes to the technical aspects, do you still use similar inspirations for both women and men? Or is it two completely separate processes?

** Louboutin:** Well no, some things are completely different but again, it's the way you look at things. Lets say for instance I'm going to use a print. Some prints are good for men because if the print is quite big then the surface that you have for men is larger, bigger, and thicker in general. For women some prints won't work for instance because you have a high heel pump then the surface of it is too small. You end up losing the print. It's definitely two things. That's why it sort of needed its own environment.

GQ: Did you have concerns about your aesthetic appealing to men in the way that your women's shoes do to that audience? To your point earlier, men don't necessarily think about shoes the same way as women and women react in a very particular way to your designs.

** Louboutin:** I just enjoyed doing it at the beginning. The answer was there were a lot of guys into what I was doing so that was enough for me. I would have still done it with the biggest joy and not necessarily needed to open the stores. But the response was so quick. We open the New York store and it wasn't 100 percent ready but in three hours we sold 160 pairs. When I first opened my first men's store it was in August last year in Paris and Paris is known to be the most deserted city in August. I did not speak about the opening, there was no soft openings, there was nothing. I was on holiday basically, and from the first day it got filled and we thought it's by accident. And it never stopped. I mean I should knock on wood saying that but it hasn't stopped since.

GQ: So the reaction in the U.S. has been similar to Paris?

** Louboutin:** It's funny, in the states here it's almost like there's this culture and I think its born out of a lot of guys who are interested in your brand and are interested in fashion in general. You know, basketball players here who literally wear the latest, hippest things and then the next week they're in something completely different. Its not even metrosexual, its sort of just in the landscape of American fashion for men.

GQ: Do you have any idea why that is these days?

** Louboutin:** The spectrum is so vast. I have a lot of sport people that wear the shoes, a lot of singers and entertainers. It goes through that. It's also that people need to be in a suit on the red carpet and twenty years ago those people who have a tie or bow tie and want their collars to stand out. Now if you look at pictures you see that most guys have the same black suit with the same white shirt. The difference is that the shirts can be open, no bow tie, no ties and the fantasy exists in the shoes. So I think the fashion fantasy shifted from the tie or bow tie to the shoes.

GQ: Guys are definitely more comfortable making a look their own these days. You already mentioned this a bit but at what point did your men's business necessitate its own shop?

** Louboutin:** I'm very very close to my stores because I first started with a store in Paris 20 years ago with my office is next door. And 20 years after I opened my first men's store next to the women's store, so its all linked and quite close. When I'm in Paris I'm in my office and checking the stores or passing in front of them. When I'm in Italy I'm sleeping in my factory, it's the same thing. Little by little when I started to put the men's shoes in the women's store I was realizing that the proportion, the niche environment I design for women is really dedicated by the proportion of a woman's shoe. It ended up not working properly. If you put like a big sneaker or a long loafer in a size 12 in a small space that is supposedly dedicated to a high heel size 5, the proportion is just too big. It's like putting a guy in too small of a suit - it just doesn't work.

GQ: The New York store has an industrial edge that really contrasts the intimate women's boutique. I'm assuming that this was a conscious effort, to change the in-store aesthetic to suit guys?

** Louboutin:** When I'm doing a store in a country, I always like to consider the concept of the country and the city. Ask what are the clothes of the city, what does this city represent for me? New York is a very urban city and it sort of makes sense for the store to be a reflection of the type of industrial side of New York. And even in the colors it should be more in the greys, something much more masculine.

The NYC Christian Louboutin men's shop

GQ: The store features a unique tattoo bar too where customers can recreate their own body art onto your shoes. Where did you come up with the idea for that?

** Louboutin:** Well I have friends who have tattoos. You meet a lot of people who, when they show or exhibit their tattoos, explain where it is coming from and that it is a reflection of something. It's very much a map of your history. When people are interested in their tattoos they talk really of their story, of their love of their family, of their history and for that I think that it's as important as people who have a family crest. In fact tattoos nowadays are really modern armories. So instead of having a shoe with a fake crest or armory, it's this idea of doing a bespoke one that has your own armory, represented by your tattoo embroidered on your shoe. It's basically a one of a kind shoe because it represents the person.

GQ: Are there any factors you have to take in into consideration about how men shop versus women when planning a men's store?

** Louboutin:** It's much easier. You need really big seats because men put their shoes on, and jump up to see if it fits perfectly and then sit and decide to see a shoe in different colors. They're quicker in general and they love to stand in one place. For instance a mirror needs to be one size for men, where for a woman it needs almost to be two sizes. I always observe that when women are trying on shoes they look from the front and then they'll turn and look at their ass, they'll look at their back. Men look at the front and barely look at their ass. That's the big difference between the shopping between men and women.

**GQ: Before I let you go, I have to get your opinion on what you think is the worst offense most men make in choosing a pair of shoes. **

** Louboutin:** Something I really hate more than anything else is clogs. A shoe is not only a design, but it's a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you're going to move is quite dictated by your shoes. I love the noise that is provoked by shoes, you know men's shoes or women's shoes. I remember my father having those metal parts underneath the soles so you could hear him clack clack clack, almost like tap dance, and so certainly for me it's a very masculine noise. So that's why I have a problem with clogs because if you hear someone arriving in clogs, you're just not thinking that a guy is going to arrive or a woman is going to arrive - you think a donkey probably is going to arrive. And so, just the noise, it drives me nuts.


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With their instantly recognisable glossy red soles, Christian Louboutin’s shoes have become an important part of the fashion landscape.

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Christian Louboutin

With their instantly recognisable glossy red soles, Christian Louboutin’s shoes have become an important part of the fashion landscape. Louboutin has built one of the most successful shoe brands in the world with a blend of craftsmanship and a distinctive kind of glamour. From razor sharp stilettos and lace-up boots to studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps, Louboutin’s designs carry his unique signature. They reveal an imagination driven by fantasy, nostalgia, playfulness and sex.

Louboutin was born in Paris in 1964. As a child, he recalls seeing a sign at the Museum of African and Oceanic Art showing a high-heel shoe, crossed out by a vivid red line. The image was intended as a warning, to protect the parquet floor from damage. But in an era of flat shoes and clunky wooden heels, it was like no shoe he had ever seen, and he never forgot the image of a needle thin heel. In his teens, his inspiration was the local cinema where he watched Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis and Marilyn Monroe. After leaving school, Louboutin worked at the famous Parisian music hall, the ‘Folies Bergere’. He watched the showgirls from the wings, captivated by their flamboyant costumes and the way in which they performed effortlessly in towering heels.

In 1982, a meeting with the fashion director at Dior, led to an internship at Charles Jourdan. Having mastered the technical elements of shoe design, he worked as a freelance designer for a number of couture houses, including Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Maud Frizon. In 1988, Louboutin assisted the acclaimed shoe designer, Roger Vivier, on his retrospective exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. He abandoned shoes for a time to work as a garden designer, until he heard about a newly available boutique in the Galerie Vero Dodat, close to the Louvre. It gave him the opportunity to return to shoe design and, on 21 November 1991, he opened his first boutique under his own name, with two friends as partners.

The Showgirl
'Ever since I was very young, I have been obsessed with spike heels, the showgirls influenced me a lot. If you like high heels, it’s really the ultimate high heel — it’s all about the legs, how they carry themselves, the embellishment of the body. They are the ultimate icons.'

Theatre and the Parisian cabaret were Louboutin’s key inspirations for becoming a shoe designer. From the age of fourteen, he was a regular visitor to the Paris nightclubs to watch the showgirls perform, captivated by their flamboyant costumes adorned with vast feathers. In 1980, he was offered a job at the ‘Folies Bergere’. During this period, Louboutin would watch the dancers from the wings, fascinated to see how much they were transformed before they went on stage - to him they were birds of paradise.

Louboutin was especially interested in how the girls performed effortlessly in very high heels. It took years of practice to perfect the art of descending stairs in these towering spike heels. Louboutin’s working education derived from the showgirl. Dancer’s shoes were intended to highlight and extend the leg, rather than the foot. He learned how hidden platforms were placed inside the shoe to assist the wearer during their performance, whilst retaining the shoe’s appearance of fragility and lightness.

Many of Louboutin’s designs have been inspired by variety dancers. In a number of examples, the front of the shoe is left plain symbolising the dancer’s body but from the back, a sunburst of feathers emanates representing the showgirl with her tail of feathers.

Travel
'There is always something to see, including in places where you don’t expect to find anything. I try to look where others don’t.'

Louboutin has a passion for travel. He recalls, between the ages of twelve and fourteen, passing by a travel agent every day, where he would stop to pick up brochures. He would spend hours pretending that he was getting ready for a big trip, planning a detailed itinerary and consulting flight schedules. Between the ages of fifteen and twenty-one, he travelled to India every year and Indian influences have continued to feature prominently in his work.

Transparency
'I’m a great fan of transparency, because it suggests nudity. It’s as if things were designed directly on the body and that a layer had been removed, in this case the clothing. That’s what transparency is — applying onto the body things than then become part of it, like a tattoo.'

At the beginning of his career, Louboutin was designing shoes that were very dressy and which almost completely covered the foot. Increasingly, the notion of disrobing and nudity have become important themes in his work. Some shoes are very minimal in their design, lines are bare with the shoe appearing to be an extension of the leg. Louboutin’s choice of materials increases the illusion of transparency, and include veiling, chiffon, mesh, brocade and ribbon. His preference is for shoes that ‘undress’ to shoes that ‘dress’. For him, a successful shoe is one that preserves and accentuates nudity, leaving the foot as the object of desire.

Entertainment
'For me, the front and back of a shoe evoke two different aspects of femininity. The front is about poise, allure, stature, elegance, immobility: it's Marlene, always sublime from head-on, arched foot. The back is the gait, the movement, the heel: it's Marilyn who, moreover, was often shown from behind. There are thus two types of women with regard to shoes: those who symbolise the look, and those who symbolise the walk.'

Louboutin’s shoe designs reflect a lifelong passion for film, with many shoes named after his favourite Hollywood screen idols. As a teenager growing up in Paris, the films he watched were often from the 1930s, 50s and 60s, films featuring the great film and stage actresses of the time — Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Gene Tierney, Mae West, Tallulah Bankhead and Marilyn Monroe. Louboutin regards these women as 'survivors' — strong women who can be put into any situation, manage just as well as men, and still be girls. His musical references are numerous and include Debbie Harry from Blondie and Tina Turner, who has inspired a number of shoe models bearing her name. These women and their iconic performances have been the inspiration for many of his designs. Louboutin often talks about the music of shoes, his favourite sound is the 'ping of mules' which to him evokes the touch of the black keys on a piano.

Architecture
'I’m a huge admirer of architects even if, for me, it’s a hellish job because you have people living, sleeping and eating in your designs — imagine the responsibility! Architecture is the world of lines, often playing with the light and the power of shadows. Architecture and shoes have many things in common — the heels play an architectural role for women as a pedestal. The heel is a column, transforming the arch of the foot much like a vault.'

Louboutin draws repeatedly on influences from art, architecture and the landscape. The lines and curves to be found in elements of classical architecture and formal garden design have inspired the form of his signature shoe, the pump. The Pigalle was one of the first pumps designed by Louboutin and it has become one of his most popular designs.

His interest in gardens derives from time spent working on his own house, Champgillon, in the Vendée region of France. In the 1980s, Louboutin took the decision to leave fashion to take up landscape gardening. During this period he designed large terraces and smaller gardens in New York and Paris. It was the experience of devising planting combinations that inspired a greater appreciation of form, colour and texture in his work. Louboutin also greatly admires the rich colour and theatricality of Spanish painting, particularly the seventeenth century artists Zurbarán, El Greco and Goya. Many of his designs have been inspired by Pop artists of the 1960s, namely Andy Warhol and the work of American artist, Jeff Koons.

Handcrafted
'Handicraft is a common language with different forms of expression all over the world. My father was a fine cabinet maker. He used to tell me, 'wood has a grain, and if you want to do beautiful carvings, you have to work in the direction of that grain. If you go against this, you can only expect splinters’. For that reason, I worship handicraft and artisans. It is a school of respect.'

Each collection leads Louboutin to seek out artisans with particular skills, such as embroidery, leather or hammered metal. He always insists on handling relations between his company and the artisans personally, believing that it is important to work according to their method and timescale. It would be simpler and easier to manufacture shoes industrially in the factory with the help of laser cutting technology, but Louboutin believes there is no reason to deprive artisans who have mastered their craft of the pleasure they take in working with their hands. The principle of craftsmanship is that it is a living process, a constant evolution, as the artisan remakes an object.

Fetish
'Most people see shoes as an accessory to walk in, however some shoes are made for running… and some shoes are made for sex. If there was to be just only one fetish element in a woman’s wardrobe, I think it would have to be her shoes, even without being stilettos.'

In 2007, Louboutin collaborated with the filmmaker, David Lynch, to produce a series of shoes to be photographed for an exhibition, ‘Fetish’, at the Galerie du Passage, Paris. Louboutin created a number of shoe-like objects that were not intended to be worn. They were more like sculptures, to be admired as one-off fetishistic objects and celebrated the arch and the in-step of a woman’s foot. David Lynch conceived a set that was based around a sofa, long stem roses, and a floor light. They selected two dancers, Nooka and Baby, from Parisian cabaret, ‘The Crazy Horse’ chosen for the very particular arch of their feet. With pale skin, dark eyes and red lips, and set within a dark decor populated with shadows, the dancers moved seemingly effortlessly in the apparently unwearable shoes. Lynch used moving and super-imposed shots which gave a final impression that the foot was bursting into flames.

The Atelier
'I have no sense of minimalism — it’s not at all me. I absolutely need objects around me. I couldn’t live in an empty space — as far as I‘m concerned, that's the definition of prison.'

Louboutin’s Paris atelier is filled with objects he has brought back from his travels. He is an avid collector and always finds time to visit market and bazaars wherever he is in the world. Flooring from Damascus, carved wooden doors from Mexico, feathered headdresses from Brazil, replica sphinxes and obelisks from Egypt, Indian Bollywood posters, Czech beads and British Wedgwood china cover surfaces and adorn walls. The central table, at which Louboutin works, carries an assortment of objects including a Perspex box of different coloured heels, various prototype shoes and a special edition Cat Burglar Barbie, designed by Louboutin for Mattel in 2011, wearing a black latex catsuit and sandals. In his designs, Louboutin pays particular attention to lines, curves and materials in his work, which he says derives from the interest he has always had in objects.

In the corner of the atelier hang two trapeze bars on which Louboutin practices when he has the time. The trapeze has been Louboutin’s passion for the past twenty years. He signed up for a trapeze class in Paris after seeing the 1987 Wim Wenders film ‘Wings of Desire’, in which a circus acrobat entices an angel down to earth — 'there’s something about moving through space, being lifted through the air, it completely clears your mind, it’s a real escape.'

Designing the Shoe
'Ninety per cent of my shoes start with a drawing. The complicated but very important thing is to remain as faithful as possible to the original design.'

Some designers, when they begin to draw, might have a very specific idea in mind, but when Louboutin starts to draw, it is the pleasure of drawing itself that brings him ideas. He can spend many hours drawing each day for a week or two at a time. At this stage, Louboutin gives his imagination free reign, planning to resolve any technical solutions later with his team.

Each year Louboutin designs two collections. During the design process, weather and light have a huge impact on Louboutin. He designs the Autumn/Winter collection in a colder climate, usually in a chateau in Champgillon, France or at his house in Portugal where he typically turns off the heating. The Spring/Summer collection is often designed in Egypt, close to the Nile, as it is easier for him to imagine sandals when working in the sun. Real creative work is done in the morning; during the afternoons and evenings he revises designs and works out solutions to problems. Once the sketches of the shoes in a collection are completed, working drawings are produced and sent to a small factory located at Parabiago, just outside Milan. Louboutin usually stays in Italy for about a week to work on prototypes, oversee fittings and perfect the new designs.

'As a designer, my inspiration has remained the same over twenty years but there has been a revolution in the design of the shoe. During the first ten years, I was creating shoes that were much more dressy, now they are much more sexy. This is really the ‘ying’ and ‘yang’ of my work — to combine sexiness with elegance.'

In 2012 Louboutin celebrated twenty years as a shoe designer. He returned to the world of cabaret, with a new production for the famous Parisian club, ‘The Crazy Horse’. Louboutin was invited to become the club’s first ‘guest creator’ to give a fresh interpretation to ‘The Crazy’ show. Working with a team of distinguished artists and choreographers, he has directed four original and unique tableaux for their new show ‘Feu’, which offers a very personal look at femininity in all its forms.

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Timeline

1964

Born in Paris’s 12th arrondissement to parents Irene and Roger, a cabinet maker. Louboutin has three older sisters


1980

Leaves school without any formal qualifications

Frequents the legendary Paris nightclub, ‘The Palace’. The club attracted notable figures in art, fashion and music including Roland Barthes, Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, Helmut Newton and Zandra Rhodes


1981

Works at the famous Parisian music hall, the ‘Folies Bergere’. Louboutin is assistant to the dancers and in his spare time, he sketches shoes for the girls


1982

Begins an internship at Charles Jourdan, following a meeting with Hélène de Mortemart, fashion director at Dior. Louboutin learns the technical elements of shoe design


1983

Establishes himself as a freelance designer working for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Maud Frizon


1988

Assists Roger Vivier on his retrospective exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris


1989

Leaves fashion to take up garden design. Louboutin designs large terraces in New York and gardens in Paris and in the French countryside


1992

Opens his first boutique in Galerie Vero Dodat, Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, close to the Palais Royal and the Louvre Museum

His first coverage in W Magazine, boosted by a public endorsement by Princess Caroline of Monaco


1994

Opens his first boutique in New York


1995

Contributes to the couture collections of Jean Paul Gaultier


1997

Opens his first boutique in London, on Motcomb Street


2002

Designs shoes for the final haute couture show of Yves Saint Laurent. They are later produced under the label, ‘Christian Louboutin for Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture, 1962–2002’, marking the only time that the designer had associated his name with another designer

Designs shoes for the couture and ready to wear collections of Azzaro, Chloe, Diane von Furstenberg, Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf and Albert Elbaz’s first collection for Lanvin


2006

Fashion Institute of Technology in New York pay tribute to Louboutin with an exhibition of his work


2007

Collaborates with film maker, David Lynch, on an exhibition, ‘Fetish’ at the Galerie du Passage, Paris

Louboutin designs shoes photographed by Lynch


2011–2012

Celebrates twenty years with a reworking of some of his favourite shoes from the last two decades for a capsule collection ‘20 shoes for 20 years’

‘Christian Louboutin’ is published by Rizzoli

The Crazy Horse invites Louboutin to be its first ‘guest creator’. Louboutin designs four new tableaux


2012

Retrospective exhibition at the Design Museum: Christian Louboutin, 1 May – 9 July 2012


2013

Retrospective at the Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum, 22 June – 15 September 2013

Introduces the revolutionary Nudes collection, comprised of five iconic shoe styles offered in five flesh-tone shades, ranging from a fair blush to rich chestnut, meant to complement various skin tones

The Nudes story goes viral with over 100 pieces of coverage across 12 countries throughout the world


2014

Launches Passage collection, a line of handbags inspired by Galerie Véro-Dodat, where Christian Louboutin opened his first boutique. Passage was introduced for Autumn/Winter 2014 and plays a prominent role in the Spring/Summer 2015 collection

Collaborates with Angelina Jolie to design Malangeli, a shoe inspired by Jolie’s villainous character in Disney’s Summer 2014 blockbuster, Maleficent. The limited edition shoes were offered for sale in select Christian Louboutin boutiques worldwide from October 2014. Proceeds from the sales benefit SOS Children’s Villages, Ms Jolie’s charity

Continuing with the success of The Nudes, the classic Fifi pump featured in five shades of nude becomes a permanent exhibit within the Rapid Response Collecting Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Launches Christian Louboutin Beauté with signature nail colour, Rouge Louboutin, followed by 30 additional nail colours categorized by Nudes, Pops and Noirs

Collaborates with Louis Vuitton Icons and Iconoclasts: a Celebration of the Monogram. In honour of the house’s 160th Anniversary, Christian Louboutin designs a limited edition shopping cart and tote bag

London’s Design Museum brings Christian’s Atelier to Shanghai ART021, 12 November – 16 November 2014.


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