MANOLO BLAHNIK

Manolo Blahnik International Limited was established in 1970 when the first boutique was acquired in Chelsea, London. Now a globally recognised brand, its headquarters remain in London with offices and partners around the world.
One of Blahnik’s greatest inspirations was his mother. She studied fashion magazines and interpreted the latest fashion trend on her clothing. Blahnik and his family often travelled to Paris and Madrid ordering clothes. His mother was always dissatisfied with the shoes from their hometown, so she made her own.
Blahnik never studied shoemaking formally. He learned the skills by visiting shoe factories and talking to pattern cutters, technicians, and machine operators. At first, he designed men’s footwear, but he immediately found that men’s shoe design limited his imagination and lacked the element of fashion so he focused on women’s shoes. When mainstream shoe styles were still dominated by clunky platforms in the 1970s, he revived the sleek stiletto heel, which has since become a classic.
Despite its immense growth in the mid 70’s, the company has always remained family run, with it’s founder Manolo Blahnik still head of the brand as Creative Director. He worked with his sister Evangelina Blahnik as Managing Director from 1981, and over 40 years later till sketches every shoe himself and works with his niece (Kristina Hulsebus Blahnik, who took over as CEO in 2013) to bring the collection to fruition. He retains a close relationship with the artisans in the factories and travels to Italy each season to personally work on the lasts and heels.

90’s ‘VERI CUOIU’ Designer Heels

90’s ‘VERI CUOIU’ Designer Heels

£120.00