Funnily enough, Sabyasachi and I live different lives, we had different childhood, in different cultures, our upbringings, languages, everything has been different. Even so, we are quite alike as human being.
– Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin, creator of the red-soled shoes. One of the world’s most well-known shoe designers. The red soles of his designs have become synonymous with luxury and celebrity. Louboutin grew up in Paris. He spent his time sketching shoes rather than studying, he was expelled from three schools. Though he is not formally trained, he attended Académie d’Art Roederer to study drawing and decorative arts. Ran away as a teenager to Egypt and India, Louboutin returned to Paris with a portfolio filled with sketches of fantastical heels.
Christian Louboutin opened his first store in Paris in 1992. His red-soled shoes, handcrafted in Italy, were taken up by Hollywood actresses and Paris’ fashion establishment. Louboutin has collaborated with a number of designers including Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Victor & Rolf, Roland Mouret , and Jean Paul Gaultie.
Sabyasachi Mukherjee, celebrated for his distinctly modern take on traditional Indian clothing. Born to a middle class Bengali family in Kolkata, Mukherjee initially planned for a career in medicine, but was drawn to the National Institute of Fashion Technology, which he attended.
After graduating in 1999, with three major distinctions, Mukherjee opened his workshop with a workforce of just three people. From there, he debuted at India Fashion Week in 2002, earning praise for his work from Women’s Wear Daily, who proclaimed him the future of Indian fashion. He has incorporated feminine, decorative and balanced designs into a self-made apparel company. Along with a luxurious bridal business, as well as important Bollywood costume projects.
In July 2015, when Christian Louboutin conspired to create the extraordinary shoes that walked the runway of Sabyasachi’s annual couture show held in Mumbai. Then again in October 2016, with a small number of exquisite handbags added to pair with the shoes.
Then came an invitation to “Sabya’s” home city of Kolkata, and a rare visit to his private archive of saris and ribbons. Inspired by these immensely special fabrics, Christian said “Let’s make the embroideries into shoes that can dance into the light.” And so, the pair decided to bring this beauty outside of India to bask in the country’s glorious fabrics and rich craftsmanship.
The collection are nearly a dozen Women’s shoe styles. An exquisite thigh-high boot crafted with delicate leather strips designed to harness and highlight the leg. Aptly named Tall and Deep, a very few pairs will be available worldwide as an exclusive, made-to-measure item.
For Men, Christian Louboutin chose to revisit select iconic styles from his collections. Dandelion loafer received the Sabyasachi magic touch with an embroidered toe-cap recalling traditional Indian wedding shoes. Louis Junior is transformed into an incredibly rich patchwork of motifs and colours.
The collection is a remarkable example of west meets east. The collection is very exclusive and innovative. A great start to a new revolution in the fashion industry.