A line of handbags was recently added to the brand, and are sold along with the shoes internationally in Louboutin's self-designed boutiques as well as department stores including Barneys, Harvey Nichols and Neiman Marcus.
Louboutin has also collaborated with a number of high-profile designers including Alexander McQueen, Roland Mouret, Lanvin and Victor & Rolf, and also provided the shoes that accompany Jean Paul Gaultier's designs.
He said it was unlikely Louboutin could defend an "overly broad" trademark granted in 2008 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero refused a request by Christian Louboutin to stop the sale of women's shoes with red soles by competitor Yves Saint Laurent S.A.S., another French company based in Paris. Though the ruling came at an early stage of consideration of a lawsuit Louboutin brought in April, the judge said it will probably be tossed out.
While his work was largely women-centric, the French designer also designed for men. This exhibition explores his design process and expounds on the production journey that has dressed many afoot.
The first UK-based Christian Louboutin retrospective celebrates the great Parisian shoe designer at the Design Museum in London. Spanning two decades, the exhibition reveals Louboutin’s influence on shoe design–particularly the high heel. Louboutin, famed for his red-soled stilettos, has evoked burlesque icon Dita Von Teese for a stunning 3D holographic centerpiece commemorating his earliest design inspiration: the showgirl.
Christian Louboutin has put his signature red-sole spin on a very famous pair of (fictional) footwear.
The shoe designer teamed up with Disney to create a modern-day version of Cinderella's glass slippers, which were unveiled in Paris
Christian Louboutin strode his red-soled way to the front of the footwear pack over the course of 20 years in business, picking up adoring fans (and even Top 40 pop-song callouts) along the way.
Since 1992, his designs have incorporated the shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. On March 27, 2007, Christian Louboutin filed an application for U.S. trademark protection of this red sole design.
He first trained with Charles JOURDAN and freelanced for Chanel and Yves St. Laurent with his shoe designs. He also met the great shoe designer Roger VIVIER and helped him organize an exhibition of Vivier's work.
Christian Louboutin was born in Paris in 1963. His obsession with shoes began in 1976 when he was 13 years old, when he visited a Parisian museum and saw a huge red high-heeled shoe worn by another visitor. He never wanted to work in fashion, he dabbled for a while in landscape gardening and was interested in the stage instead but he discovered there was no money to be made.