Christian Louboutin is still killing it in the game, both with his women and men's lines. The footwear master recently sat down with WWD to chat about the growth of his label, what goes into designing his men's collection, and how the men's flagship in New York City sold 240 pairs of shoes in three hours. Read the excerpts below and check out the full interview here.
Your men's line has become a major focus. What is driving male shoppers' excitement about fashion?
There is a group of men that is thinking a little bit more like women. They're super-excited to buy the "new thing." I've noticed on blogs, for example, that men are very serious about their shoes now. They treat shoes very much as objects, as collectors' items. ... Of course, there is still a group that is more conservative in their tastes. They like to pass their shoes down to their son or say they have had a pair for 25 years. There is not one woman who would be proud to say that.
Do you only design men's shoes you would wear?
No, because I'm more classic. I sort of work with three pairs all the time. I don't wear boots. I love espadrilles for men, but I would never wear them. I have very high arches, so I never feel comfortable in them. Also, I don't like the way they look on me. You need a thicker ankle. I prefer espadrilles on men who are bulkier. It's a matter of proportions.
How much growth is there for men's?
It has become very large already. The first afternoon we opened here [in New York], we sold 240 pairs of shoes in three hours. It was almost like a riot.