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February 27, 2012

Christian Louboutin: In His Shoes

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Photo Credit: Jérôme Bonnet

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Now you're as much a household name as Band-Aid or Kleenex — what's that like?
It shocked me at first, but now I find it cute. I never liked my last name or my first name, but it's not as bad as Frigidaire, so it's fine.

Twenty years into the fashion game, what keeps you from getting bored?
Boredom is a concept that I don't understand. My original desire to design shoes is still the same. I can't allow myself to be tired or burned out. When you are, people can see it in the design. Fashion isn't interesting when it comes from an uninspired place. It's like voodoo; we don't want things that are soaked in blood, sweat, and tears. I adore life, and I'm very easygoing — and it shows in my work.

How did you get such a happy outlook on life?
It comes from my mother. I was born 20 years after my eldest sister. I was the pampered child. That kind of love gives you an almost unbreakable backbone. My mother had three kids before me. She let me be completely free. I just never had anything to beat myself up over.

What do you look at first on a woman?
For me, it's a game. When I see someone, I don't look at her shoes but rather at her face, then her clothes. Then I guess what she'll be wearing on her feet. When I finally check, I'm often completely surprised!


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