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Christian Louboutin was born in Paris in 1963. As a child, he recalls discovering a drawing at the Museum of African art, which showed a woman's sharp-heeled shoe, crossed out with a vivid red line. The image, which dated back to the 1950s and was intended to safeguard the museum's parquet floor, fascinated him. A sharp contrast to the prevailing 1970s trends for flat or clunky heeled shoes, the fine delicacy of the shoe never left him.
Inspired by the exotic and sensual world of Paris’ night life, Louboutin’s earliest designs were intended for the feet of the graceful dancers at the famous nightclub, The Palace. In 1982, the young designer began an internship at Charles Jourdan at Romans, and in later years worked as a freelancer for various prestigious design houses including Maud Frison, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.
Four months after Louboutin opened his first boutique in 1992, an American journalist from W Magazine was sent to Paris with a mission to unearth new trends and places. She stumbled upon two women in an animated conversation about the beauty of the shoes in Louboutin's boutique. After the article was published, the Louboutin brand became an overnight success, and now spans the globe with over 109 stores.
As Louboutin says, “I opened my studio years ago on a small street in Paris and, after that, my very first store. People laugh because you walk down this particular street and all you see is beautiful women in red soles – Passage Louboutin.”
Over the years, Louboutin’s artistic evolution has been enriched through his love of travel. His taste for the exotic, interpreted to reflect his inimitable aesthetic, makes its appearance in the designs of his shoes and bags season after season. Equally, his passion for the arts - from landscape architecture to cinema – continues to fuel his imagination.