Christian Louboutin Designer Information

Christian Louboutin is a well-praised French fashion designer, especially for his unique and chic red soled shoe.

Christian Louboutin Designer Biography

Christian Louboutin is Paris’s grandest and chicest shoe brand. The French shoe brand is designed to immaculate an essence of supreme class.

Early life

  • Christian Louboutin was born on 7 January 1963, Paris, France.
  • Christian is born to Roger and Irene Louboutin, and has three sisters. His parents were both self-employed.
  • Although a French-born designer, young Louboutin experienced a lot of racial discrimination from his peers. This was due to his skin completion, which was darker in complexion than his friends.
  • A trip to the Paris’s Museum of African and Oceanic Art in 1976, triggered his interest in shoe design.
  • Young Christian had no interest in school and was suspended from school at least 3 times.  He loved sketching high-heel shoes in the classroom and was expelled from school at at the age of 16.
  • Christian managed to find a menial job at the Parisian cabaret Folies Bergere, which he enjoyed, especially when it came to repairing the dancer’s shoes.
  • His passion in designing shoes was finally conjured by a book of shoe designs, written by Roger Vivier, dubbed the father of the spike heel, the stiletto.

Career

  • Before, he started his career in the fashion industry, Christian decided to travel to Egypt and India.
  • In 1981, Christion Louboutin returned to his native place of birth with an abundance of new ideas for his portfolio of shoe designs.
  • During the mid-80s, he landed himself an opportunity to be under the wing and guidance of fashion designerCharles Jourdan. Charles taught the aspiring French designer everything he needed to know about the shoe business.
  • By the late-80s, after working for Charles Jourdan, Louboutin was awarded with an apprenticeship by Roger Vivier. Roger designed shoes for Christian Dior.
  • After many years working for the legendary shoe designer, Roger Vivier, Louboutin left the shoe business to pursue a career as a professional landscaper in 1989.
  • Since the 1980s to the time of his major breakthrough; the Christian Louboutin worked for numerous major fashion designers, such as the likes of Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Maud Prizon.
  • In 1991 Christian made his fashion debut, when he launched his own shoe line for women. And within the same year he opened his first shoe salon in Paris.
  • After opening his shoe salon, his first major customer was Princess Caroline of Monaco. The princess played a vital role in promoting his shoe brand. Her positive views about the significant shoe design sparked a lot of interest, especially with celebrities.
  • In 1993, Louboutin went on to set a new fashion trend for high-heels, by re-designing his shoe line. The French designer decided to use the color red for the sole of his shoes. He was inspired to this bold choice, by his assistant painting her nails red. The ‘red sole heels’ transformed into a fashion trend, which was copied by various other brands.
  • Christian Louboutin became the ‘lifetime partner’ of  Louis Benech, a landscape architect and professional gardener in 1997.
  • Due to the overwhelming demand of his shoe brand, by Russian women, Christian Louboutin brought his chic sphere to Moscow and opened another boutique in 2002.
  • In 2003, during the autumn season ‘the king of red-sole heels‘ launched his first handbag line.
  • Christian Louboutin took one of the fashion giants, Yves Saint Laurent, to court for counterfeiting his trademark. The red sole heel is Christian’s moniker, and Y.S.L also decided to use red soles for their women’s shoe line.

Trademark of Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin is a well-praised French fashion designer, especially for his unique and chic red soled shoe.

Present life

  • Christian Louboutin had the honour to work with the famous and talented director David Lynch on an exhibit in 2007.
  • In 2011, Christian introduced a new shoe line to cater for men. Within the same year Louboutin’s shoe line was voted “the most must-have shoe brand”.
  • In 2012 , the Parisian assisted with the designs of the elements of Fire (Feu); a show presented at the legendary Parisian cabaret – ‘Le Crazy Horse de Paris’.
  • The brand sells over 500 000 pair of shoes a year. The red sole stiletto can sell from $150 up to $6 000 a pair.
  • In 2013, the French designer filed a lawsuit against the infamous Dr. Adam’s Footwear, claiming that his trademark was infringed. He won the case, and his red bottom moniker was held valid as Christian’s trademark.
  • Today Louboutin distributes his products to over 28 cities worldwide, and has over 61 boutiques.
  • Although we do not all have a Christian Louboutin in our closets, credit should be given to the king of red bottom shoes for reviving the ‘forbidden shoe’- the stiletto.

Quotes:

“The shiny red colour of the soles has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the colour because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable and the colour of passion.”

 

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