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Manolo Blahnik

Since the 1970s, this high-end luxury footwear brand has grown into one of the most recognised shoe brands for its classic pumps.

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Blahnik was born and raised in the Canary Islands. He was born and raised in Santa Crus de la Palma in the Canary Island (Spain). He was homeschooled when he was a child. After he grew up, he attended a Swiss boarding school. Later, his parents wanted him to be a diplomat, and enrolled him at the University of Geneva majoring in Politics and Law. However, Blahnik changed his majors to Literature and Architecture. In 1965, he got his degree and moved to Paris for studying Art at the École des Beaux-Arts and Stage Set Design at the Louvre Art School, while working at a vintage clothing shop. In 1968, he moved to London to work as a buyer at fashion boutique "Zapata" and wrote for L’Uomo Vogue, a Italian men’s version of Vogue.

In 1970, Blahnik had a chance to meet Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of U.S Vogue, while he was travelling in New York. He showed his portfolio of fashions and set design to Vreeland, and then she looked him straight in the eye and said, “Young man, do things, do accessories, do shoes.” She admires his shoes sketches and advice him to concentrate on designing footwear. Then, Blahnik has followed her advice and worked on designing shoes.

With a loan of £2,000, Blahnik bought Zapata from its owner and opened his own boutique. In 1974, Blahnik was featured on the cover of U.L. Vogue, and he is the first man to be featured on that cover page. In 1977, he sold his shoes in America, through Bloomingdales, and opened his boutique in the U.S. Since then, he has become a very famous shoes designer, and a symbol of pure classic style for the 21st century. 

Source: Wikipedia

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