Manolo Blahnik, 69, has revealed that after a 33 year wait, his shoes will be seen in more UK stores, rather than just the one he currently oversees.
Having opened his first shop in Chelsea in 1973, the Spaniard still lives in Bath and clearly has a great love for England and its capital. Until this point though, only designs of his other products, such as bags, stationary and scarves, have been included among the retailing elite. However, an affiliation has now been formed with Kurt Geiger which will lead to his new shoe designs appearing on shelves in both Liberty and Harrods.
“I am very excited that my shoes will reach an even broader audience through Kurt Geiger in Liberty and Harrods,” he declared.
“The Liberty opening in February has been very successful, and with Harrods being a breathtakingly beautiful store full of incredible heritage, seeing my shoes there in the next couple of months will be a special moment.”
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As he alluded to, he already has operating space within Liberty, but the space allocated to him by Harrods highlights the significance of the upcoming partnerships, with 300 square feet assigned to feature his autumn and winter collection this year.
Blahnik will only supply the stores with his design however, with each individual store in charge of establishing and managing each boutique.
The partnership is also a great addition to Kurt Geiger’s portfolio as Chief Executive Officer, Neil Clifford expressed: “We are extremely excited and privileged to be working with Manolo Blahnik, one of the world's most inspired shoe designers.
“The collections are captivating and these new boutiques will make a truly fantastic addition to the experience offered in Kurt Geiger's luxury shoe concessions in Harrods and Liberty.”
The only outlet for consumers to purchase Blahnik’s variety of shoes at present is at 49-51 Old Church Street in London, where shoppers pay as much as £800 for the extravagant garments.
That means that just three sold pairs of shoes is more than enough to pay off his original loan of £2,000 which got him up and running all those years ago. Since then, his notoriety has expanded globally with his designer footprint gracing Asia, mainland Europe, the Middle East and the US.