Everyone surely knows of Manolo Blahnik. Who doesn’t? Even more so if you have followed the Sex And The City television series or have watched the films, where Carrie Bradshaw’s (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) obsession with her Manolos was legendary.
Malaysians can now rejoice as the luxury shoe brand has finally opened its first store in Kuala Lumpur. Located at Pavilion KL, the 100sq m space uses a forest of bamboo as the central motif.
The brand’s prized shoes are arranged in flowing lines and on individual brass shelves. The clever use of natural geometry in the KL store is seen as adding allure to Blahnik’s creations. As always, the designer’s style, humour and playfulness resonate to create a space which reflects the artistry of his eponymous shoes.
Speaking to Malaysian women, Star2.com discovered that the excitement is palpable in KL. Rusydiana Roslam, a 32-year-old marketing manager, says that she is extremely thrilled about the brand finally making its way here.
“I was introduced to the brand about five years ago. It was through friends who love Sex And The City. I’m not sure if I can afford anything, though. If I do buy a pair, it will be a black one. Something that I can wear for all occasions,” she states.
According to Sarah Tan, 43, the first time she stepped into a Manolo Blahnik store was in New York City. While always a big fan, she is not sure how much of a buzz the name would be able to generate in Malaysia.
“I remember seeing Manolo Blahnik shoes on television. I do love them, but I wish that the collections were more varied. I always look for versatility in the heels that I buy,” notes Tan, who works as a creative director in the graphic design industry.
Blahnik himself was born in Spain. He is said to have learnt the art of making shoes by visiting factories and talking to machine operators, pattern cutters and technicians. Since opening its first store in London in 1971, his brand has witnessed a spectacular global growth.
The exquisitely shaped lasts and heels he creates for his shoes are still perfected with his very own hands. Each designs has remained recognisable as unique, imitable exercises in precision and balance. “Shoes,” Blahnik says, “help transform a woman.”
In Malaysia, Manolo Blahnik shoes are priced from RM3,900 to RM7,900. Bags start from RM10,000. The current Autumn/Winter 2016 collection highlights elaborate beading and embroidery, plus gilded brooches and buckles.