Monsieur Louboutin has been in the shoe biz since 1982, designing dressy shoes for Chanel and YSL. He took a break to pursue landscape architecture only to realise shoes were his true calling, when he first set up his business in 1991.
The first shoes he ever designed were actually inspired from a photograph of Princess Diana sitting in front of the Taj Mahal in 1992, where he thought the princess looked sad looking at her feet and needed something to make her smile.
His iconic red soles were partly inspired from his assitant at the time who was applying bright red nail paint at work and it became an epiphanous moment for Christian. Red had to become his statement.
For a brief period, he did design bridal shoes with blue soles so the Loubi brides had 'something blue' at their weddings. How thoughtful!
Christian Louboutin was once quoted saying, "I think that I make very useless work and I'm very proud of it. It's very important to design things that you don't need". We couldn't agree more.
Despite his ventures into the cosmetic industry with his beauty line, monsieur Louboutin cannot be persuaded into introducing a more affordable line as he believes that that would compromise his quality. Time to start saving up!