In 1972, he borrowed £2,000 and bought the boutique for himself.
The rest is history.
Manolo Blahnik now has boutiques around the globe - from Madrid and Athens to Dublin and Hong Kong. His line is also carried at Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. He's a worldwide recognized fashion icon and high-heeled trailblazer.
Known for his signature stiletto heel, Manolo Blahnik's shoes have been in high-demand ever since. His designs grace the runways, film industry, the toes of the fashion-savvy and bride's wishlist of dream shoes for her big day.
“About half my designs are controlled fantasy,
15 percent are total madness
and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.”
When I met him today, I discovered he's every bit as charming and whimsical as his footwear. The bubbly man, sporting an adorable bow tie, is outgoing, gentlemanly and talks of revelations far beyond my day or world. He also follows no fashion trends but his own, inspired at random by what moves him, incorporating it into his shoes. Blahnik is a huge follower of art history, theater and classic movies like Gone with the Wind.
Piqued your curiosity? Look for more in an upcoming Q&A with Houston Tidbits.
“You put high heels on and you change.”