More than his signature red-lacquered soles, there’s a lot of interesting facts that you need to know about the famous French fashion designer Christian Louboutin.
Fascination with shoes
Fashion favorite Christian Louboutin revealed that his enchantment with shoes started in 1976. He saw an intriguing sign when he visited a Paris museum called the Musée national des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie. The signboard from Africa has a clear message: Women wearing sharp stilettos are not allowed to enter the museum to prevent damage to the wood flooring. Louboutin, 12 years old at that time, refused the idea and said to himself “I wanted to create something that broke rules and made women feel confident and empowered.”
His first job was to assist the showgirls of the Parisian hall Folie Bergere. He worked in the popular hall for a couple of years until he traveled India and Egypt to explore their rich cultures. When he came back to his hometown Paris, he served as a freelance fashion designer for fashion powerhouses like Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.
“I remember the picture at the time of Princess Diana, and she was looking at her feet, and I thought she looked so sad….It would be nice to have something to make her smile when she looked at her feet,” said Louboutin about Princess Diana’s famous photo at Taj Mahal. The iconic image served as his inspiration in designing his first shoes hence the word LOVE on the sole of his signature flat suede pumps.
The “Adopted” Feeling
Because his skin tone was darker than his sisters, for the longest time, Louboutin took the assumption that he was adopted, In 2014, he found out that he was a product of his mother’s secret affair with an Egyptian. “I felt I wasn’t French. My family was very French and so I decided they had probably adopted me. But instead of feeling it was terrible and that I was an outsider who had to go and find my real family, “ he said in an interview.
Kicked out of school three times, then 12-year old Christian Louboutin ran away from home. Instead of getting mad, his mother accepted his decision and allowed him to live at a friend’s house.
The Signature Red Sole
In 1993, two years after opening his very first store in Paris, the shoe king gave birth to his signature shiny, red sole. His luxurious stilettos speak of women empowerment- strong, smart, and confident. Impressively, in his first year in the shoe industry, the eponymous shoe brand sold 2,000 pairs of his prestigious shoes.