Christian Louboutin is a footwear designer living and working in Paris. He began his apprenticeship at the Follies Bergers, and progressed on to a position at the legendary shoemakers, Charles Jourdan. He then went to work freelance for houses including Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent and later joined shoe designer Roger Vivier, who was then an associate of Christian Dior's. In 1992, Louboutin opened his first flagship boutique in Paris. His shoes, hand crafted in Italy and bearing the distinctive red lacquered soles, quickly gained admiration from legions of fashion fans and actresses including Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve and Gwyneth Paltrow. Louboutin has also collaborated with a number of high-profile designers including Alexander McQueen, Roland Mouret, Lanvin and Victor & Rolf, and also provided the shoes that accompany Jean Paul Gaultier's designs. Louboutin also created a sandal for Yves Saint Laurent's final show, which resulted in the brand 'Christian Louboutin for Yves Saint-Laurent Haute Couture 1962-2002'. A line of handbags was recently added to the brand, and are sold along with the shoes internationally in Louboutin's self-designed boutiques as well as department stores including Barneys, Harvey Nichols and Neiman Marcus.
Christian Louboutin is represented by Claire Martin/Anne Muhlethaler +44 (0) 207 734 4505