The designer ‘s shoes continue to push the boundaries of high fashion, 20 years after the brand was founded.
Shoe designer Christian Louboutin entered the fashion world in 1982, when he began an internship at Charles Jourdan. For the next decade Louboutin learned his craft, freelancing for high-profile fashion houses such as Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, until 1992, when he set up his first, eponymous, shoe boutique in Paris’ Galerie Vero Dodat.
A French footwear designer known for his brand’s sky-high stilettos has opened his first men’ only boutique, in Paris. Christian Louboutin store, located across from the brand’s flagship store on rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, offers the namesake designer’s full line of men’ footwear, from classic loafers to crystal-encrusted sneakers.
Prices range from about $700 to $3,300. At the back of the boutique is what Christian Louboutin calls the Tattoo Room, where customers can have personalized designs and even replicas of their own body art embroidered on certain new shoe models. Pricing for the bespoke service ranges from about $6,500 to $8,000, including the cost of shoes.
Since its inception in 1992, the Christian Louboutin brand has remained independently owned. The company continues to grow and diversify: this year it opened the first Christian Louboutin Men boutique store, on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Paris.