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Christian Louboutin

The French designer footwear label is recognised the world over for its signature red-lacquered soles and sky-high heels.

Vital statistics

  • 1991 Established
  • Private Type
  • 201 - 500 Number of employees
  • 35 Stores
  • Paris, France HQ

Key people

  • Alexis Mourot Chief Operations Officer
  • Bruno Chamberland Chief Executive

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Christian Louboutin is a French footwear brand known for its shiny, red-lacquered soles.

Louboutin helped bring stilettos back into fashion in the 1990s and 2000s, designing dozens of styles with heel heights of 120mm (4.72 inches) and higher. The designer's professed goal has been to "make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as [he] can." While he does offer some lower-heeled styles, Louboutin is generally associated with his dressier evening-wear designs incorporating jeweled straps, bows, feathers, patent leather, red soles and other similar decorative touches.

Despite being known for his celebrity clients, he rarely gives shoes away – offering discounts instead to his high-profile fans. This policy also extends to his personal family, because he feels that giving shoes away as gifts is unimaginative.

His single biggest client is Danielle Steel, who is reputed to own over 6,000 pairs and is known to have purchased up 80 pairs at a time when shopping at his stores.

In terms of market share, the U.S. accounts for 52 percent of Louboutin's sales; Europe, the Middle East and Russia, 30 percent; and Asia & Japan, 18 percent. Wholesale purchases represent 88% of the business, but that figure is expected to change as more boutiques – both company owned and through partnerships – are opened. Overseas, the company has partnered with Pedder Group of Hong Kong for distribution in their Asian markets and the Chalhoub Group of the United Arab Emirates for their representation in the Middle East.

Louboutins can sell from $495 and up, with crystal-encrusted pair costing $6,000. The base price for a custom-made pair of Louboutin is $4,000. If the style already exists, it is standard price tag plus 30%.

Source: Wikipedia

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