More sole than sense: Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik’s 6 steps to success
This article was originally published in September 2015.
“Give the children some vodka!” Manolo Blahnik cries halfway through our video shoot. For the record, the “children” he was referring to are 29 and 27 and, sadly, we were operating cameras at the time so couldn’t take him up on the offer. To call Blahnik a colorful character would be both a cliché and an understatement.
1/6 – Friends in high places
Lily Donaldson, Mario Testino, Uma Thurman, Michael Kors and Manolo Blahnik attend the “Icons of Style” dinner hosted by Michael Kors and Vanity Fair in London earlier this year. Credit: David M. Benett/Getty Images
The book, featuring words from his friend and film director Pedro Almódovar, called “Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions” is the first comprehensive and lavishly illustrated documentation of his life’s work. And what a life it has been.
Born in Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands in 1942, Blahnik lived on the banana plantation owned by his Czech father and Spanish mother until he moved to Paris in the late 1960s to work in set design.
It was in the 1990s the Manolo Blahnik that the fashion world knows and loves came to the fore.
Today, despite his estimated net worth of over $200 million, he continues to be the sole designer at Manolo Blahnik and works alone without assistants or apprentices; he’s responsible for the design of every one of the thousands of shoes that bear his name.
So how do you build a shoe empire? Watch the video above for Blahnik’s 6 simple rules.
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