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Manolo Blahnik
Every Shoes tells a Story
Suzanne S., December 10, 2007
Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik
 
“My goal is to always be a challenge to myself” My shoes have something other shoes don’t - personality.’ Perhaps this explains why Manolo Blahnik’s work has such a seductive power and how, with a career spanning over 25 years, he has become the world’s most famous footwear designer. Born in the Canary Islands in 1943, Blahnik spent his childhood crafting tinfoil shoes for the family’s cats. After studying languages and art in Geneva, he moved to Paris in 1968 with the intention of becoming a set designer.


Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik
 
But on a trip to New York in 1970, Paloma Picasso took him to meet Diana Vreeland, then editor-in-chief of American Vogue, who insisted his talent lay in shoe design. A year later, based in London, he began making footwear for Ossie Clark. Midas, a UK fashion chain, asked Blahnik to create shoes for them too, and the rollercoaster ride of success began in earnest. In 1973 Blahnik opened a tiny flagship shop in Chelsea; he now has boutiques in New York, Hong Kong and the Philippines, plus concessions in some of the world’s most exclusive stores. Manolo Blahnik’s creations are sexy, luxurious and exquisitely crafted - he still perfects designs by hand while permanently keeping four Italian factories busy with production.

Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik
 
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