He’s shod some of the world’s most glamorous starlets and fashion icons, from Beyonce to Carrie Bradshaw to the Duchess of Cambridge; composed music for and directed a showcase at Paris’ famed Crazy Horse cabaret club; been immortalised in a Jennifer Lopez song, and after just over 20 years in the business he has opened more than 60 stores worldwide and sells roughly 700,000 pairs of shoes each year. Indeed, Christian Louboutin has cobbled his way into modern pop culture history.
With the brand’s penchant for bold colours and high design, it’s little wonder Louboutin’s style-savvy Japanese fan base has been growing at lightning speed in recent years, so much so that the footwear giant has debuted its second standalone store and brand new Tokyo flagship in fashion-central Aoyama. The bi-level space, designed by NYC’s 212box studio, houses the brand’s Japan HQ upstairs and retail space downstairs, melding vibrant fabrics, textures and materials to patchwork perfection. The full men’s and women’s lines can be found inside among the reclaimed tiles, geometric-print wallpaper, lipstick-red carpet, leather panels and Tiikeri-topped display counters. It’s eclectic, it’s international, and it’s there for the Tokyo taking. Hop to it!
3-17-6 Minami-aoyama / Minato-ku / +81 3 6804 1420 / 11am-8pm daily / christianlouboutin.com