Fashion week without red-soled Louboutins would be like food without pepper. Although barely 20 years old, Christian Louboutin's accessories brand is already the utmost mark of luxury, rivaling the likes of Louis Vuitton and Hermès. This summer, the 48-year-old French designer opened his first men's boutique in Paris and plans to open another one in New York. In eager anticipation of the brands expansion, we asked Mr. Louboutin to share 10 things he "just can't live without."
Photo by Robbie Fimmano, Interview, October 2010.
My passport—because of my frequent travels, I know how much my passport is a real sign of freedom!
My phone—text message and Internet via phone is the promise of having more time for communicating with friends and nowadays, thanks to this, the feeling of wasting time when one has to wait somewhere has totally disappeared.
Courrier International—this weekly newspaper reports on many subjects; it highlights the points of view of different countries. It is extremely necessary to realize that the world doesn't only have one way of seeing things.
My mother's cross was given to me when she died. I like to have it always close to me.
Passage Vero-Dodat—I started my company on this passage. It feels as much home as it can!
My Charvet ties and bows. Even if I barely wear them, I always bring some with me, and often they become an unexpected gift.
My Hermès calfskin belt. It's the quickest way to see if I gained weight! I see if I need to move the notch over, and if I have to move it, I am in a really bad mood for a few hours, if not more!
4771 cologne, the original cologne. It reminds me of my childhood immediately and I use two bottles every week. I practically shower with it.
My Havaianas. I would have been proud to invent "flip-flops." The most democratic and perfectly unisex shoe in the world is also very sexy.
Born and raised in Paris, I am deeply attached to my city; we almost have half a century of love story together, where I have been truly completely faithful! The most beautiful city in the world is my city, yeepeeee!