The Business trade: Christian Louboutin

Born in Paris, Christian Louboutin began work aged 17 at the Folies Bergère music hall Christian Louboutin shoes uk, before his obsession with Louboutin shoes led him to work for French designer Charles Jourdan and later Roger Vivier. Louboutin set up his own company in 1991, opening a store in Paris.

He became known for vertiginous heels with glossy red soles – a feature he trademarked in 2007 – and now sells over one million pairs of shoes replica a year. In 2014 he branched out into beauty, with a range of nail polish, followed by lipstick and fragrance. He has houses in Paris, Lisbon, Aleppo and Luxor, along with a houseboat named Dahabibi (My Love Boat) on the Nile.

I started working at the Folies Bergère because I’d done drawings of Louboutin shoes outlet for the dancers, but I never made a pair of Louboutin shoes there – I made coffee, helped the technicians, resewed costumes. When I joined I was everyone’s little darling but after six months I became part of the furniture and the girls started to get annoyed with me being around  all the time, so it was probably time to leave.

Roger Vivier was the first person who made me think that designing shoes outlet could be a real job, a beautiful job. I was his assistant when he was working on his retrospective in Paris, and he became a mentor to me. The funny part is that he was quite competitive. One day he described someone as being ‘our age’. I was 24, he was 80! I couldn’t believe it, 60 years made no difference to him. But that’s why he was always so alive, so vivid and enthusiastic.

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Sometimes the shoe is not the master of the ceremony.Christian Dior once told Mr Vivier that a good shoe is able to appear but also able to disappear. It doesn’t apply to all of my Louboutin shoes replica but it’s very good advice. You have to look at the woman first.

As a designer you should always remain true to yourself Louboutin shoes. You have to believe in your own creativity. Every time I have gone with someone else’s choice, I was wrong. For instance, one time the buyers said they wanted a thicker heel and for some reason I said yes. But the balance of a shoe comes from every line. That shoe was not successful at all. And actually I was pretty happy because it means that when I’m true to myself my customers can see it.

When I looked at my first prototype, it wasn’t as good as the drawings. From the back, it was monochromatic – very, very black. So I grabbed Christian Louboutin shoes uk a bottle of red nail polish from a girl in my studio and painted the entire sole. The red sole quickly became a silent recognition of my brand, and later a trademark. But the court case over that trademark was very painful. I’m not an aggressive person, I just thought the company that copied me could have done other things.

I wouldn’t sell myself for celebrities, I don’t see the point. I was most flattered when I saw the French singer Sylvie Vartan wear my Louboutin shoes. She was very big in the 1970s, and I couldn’t believe that someone from my childhood was actually wearing a shoe I had designed.

Don’t limit yourself; the sky is the limit! As a young designer, you should not look too far into the future because you may be surprised  by your trajectory. When I started, I never imagined that 20 years on I’d still be in business, selling a million pairs of Louboutin shoes trade a year. If I’d projected this far I wouldn’t have predicted the way it has happened. Don’t necessarily focus  in a straight line because there are a lot of opportunities that you’re not expecting, maybe that don’t even exist right now.