Christian Louboutin continues its ascends into the fashion capitals of the world, with a vision to further its boutique stores into the Gulf States.
After debuting a men’s line in 2011, the French shoe designer opened the iconic brand’s seventh stand-alone men’s boutique in Dubai, the first of its kind for the area. It is noteworthy to know that the Christian Louboutin’s new all-men store, located in Mall of the Emirates is three times the size of the label’s women’s store in the same mall. Does that mean that the designer has more men shoppers over female clients craving for his creations? Mr Louboutin supported this by stating, “They (men) told me there should be even more styles in the men’s store.” Admiring the well-dressed men in Dubai, he also elucidated that “Men are very sophisticated in the region. They are very neat, the fabric is impeccable, they dress well, they really have attention, the beard is trimmed – so there definitely is an element where they are very comfortable how they look.”
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN MEN MALL OF THE EMIRATES
The Mall of the Emirates | Level shoe district | Dubai | United Arab Emirates
“If you go to a store, if you see a woman try on a pair of shoes, it’s a very simple thing: you see, she puts the shoes on and she goes straight for the mirror and she looks at herself, she’s not even looking at her shoes, she really looks at her entire silhouette. And a man doesn’t do that … with the man it’s like: ‘Am I sitting well? It doesn’t change the gravity center?'” The National Reports.
WWD also reported that the boutique includes a VIP tattoo parlor where customers can have shoes customized with embroidery that matches their personal tattoos. This service will go well with the dominant fad of bespoke luxury. To mark the opening, the messiah of red-sole footwear was present at the new boutique to host the shoe signing event. He gladly obliged and observed that “Men are different at signings than women. They are more into having a conversation and more engaging, less shy.”
Christian Louboutin AW2014 Men’s Collection
Louboutin’s autumn/winter 2014 men’s collection features classic brogues and brogue-style boots; suede and patent lace-ups; a variety of intricately stitched and beaded velour slip-ons and chunky, medium-heeled ankle boots. There are fun, flat sneakers and blinged-out high-tops, the most attention-seeking feature aggressive, gold-ringed perforations. Accents take the form of studs, spikes and tassels, wild animal hair and lizard skin, plaid and bows. The shoes are anchored, of course, by that iconic scarlet sole.
While some more outrageous styles are tailored to the actual showman, professional athlete and aesthete, the designer believes his shoes continue to appeal because fanciful qualities of each are reflected in his more down-to-earth customers. “In every woman there is a showgirl,” says Louboutin. “Same for men.”
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