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The designer Michael Kors, who grew up on Long Island, started his brand in 1981 as a high-end luxury collection, competing with couture brands like Chanel and Gucci. Beginning in 2004, the company started Michael, an “accessible luxury” segment that now fuels much of its growth and accounts for about 90 percent of its revenue. During meetings with investors to market the company’s I.P.O., Mr. Idol, the chief executive, referred to the brand as “Hermès for Staten Island.”
Mr. Kors, 52, is the public face of the company, with a regular appearances on the reality-TV show “Project Runway.” The I.P.O. has made him a very rich man. He sold about $120 million worth of stock in the I.P.O. and maintains a roughly 9 percent stake in the company that, at Wednesday’s share price, is worth about $700 million.
Michael Kors’s earnings results well exceeded the estimate of Wall Street analysts, who have been largely breathless in their praise of the company. All of the large banks starting coverage of Michael Kors late last month issued either “buy” or “overweight” ratings on the stock. “Get aboard this jet-set growth story,” a Jeffries analyst said. And J.P. Morgan said the company had a “long ‘runway’ for growth.”
In 2015, Kors was named a Global Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme. That same year, God’s Love We Deliver dedicated the Michael Kors Building at the non-profit’s new SoHo headquarters in honor of Kors’ ongoing support. In 2013, Kors was selected for The Time 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He also made the New York Observer's list of the 100 Most Influential New Yorkers, under the fashion category. Kors was honored by The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) with the 2013 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion. Kors was named to Out magazine’s 2014 Power 50 List. In 2013, Kors presented Hillary Rodham Clinton with the first-ever Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community service.
Louboutin helped bring stilettos back into fashion in the 1990s and 2000s, designing dozens of styles with heel heights of 120 mm (4.72 inches) and higher. The designer's professed goal has been to "make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as [he] can".[ While he does offer some lower-heeled styles, Louboutin is generally associated with his dressier evening-wear designs incorporating jeweled straps, bows, feathers, patent leather, red soles, and other similar decorative touches. He is most popularly known for the red leather soles on his high heel shoes, commonly referred to as "sammy red-bottoms". Christian Louboutin's red-bottom colour code is Pantone 18-1663 TPX.
Christian Louboutin is a well known French shoe designer.
Christian Louboutin was born in Paris in 1963. His obsession with shoes began in 1976 when he was 13 years old, when he visited a Parisian museum and saw a huge red high-heeled shoe worn by another visitor. He never wanted to work in fashion, he dabbled for a while in landscape gardening and was interested in the stage instead but he discovered there was no money to be made. But he adored shoes and says "nobody wears shoes like a dancer on stage." So he decided to devote himself to fashionable footwear.
Louboutin felt personally bothered by this sign and, as a consequence, he would draw shoes with compressed buckles and with soles. He admits to having spent a lot of time as a Teenager drawing these types of shoes in his school notebooks. These shoes would become the base of Louboutin's sales as a designer.
Later on, Louboutin began attending parties and dance halls in Paris, offering his shoes to women at these events and venues. Most of the ladies rejected his shoes, claiming to have no money.
He first trained with Charles JOURDAN and freelanced for Chanel and Yves St. Laurent with his shoe designs. He also met the great shoe designer Roger VIVIER and helped him organize an exhibition of Vivier's work.
Christian Louboutin paints the soles of all his shoes bright red, regardless of their colour. The actual heel of the shoes leaves a red rosette imprint behind. He calls them his "follow me" shoes.
Such other sellers as American company Neiman Marcus began to sell Louboutin's designs. Louboutin shoes also have a trademark red leather sole, making them instantly recognizable.
Christian Louboutin's trademark glossy red soles are an undisputed stamp of fashion excellence.
Since the launch of his exquisite eponymous label in 1991, the French designer has stayed true to his goal - to 'make shoes that are like jewels'. From razor-sharp stilettos to lace-up boots and studded sneakers, Christian Louboutin is every woman's go-to for heavenly heels and covetable accessories.
Customers in Dubai can now shop for exclusive merchandise bearing the Christian Louboutin stamp of excellence and quality at Mall of the Emirates.
Louboutin designed this provocative prototype of the 'Egg' pump in 1988 to focus attention on what he feels is the most sensual, yet ignored, part of a woman's foot - the inside curve of the arch.
In 1991, he opened his own shop in the Passage Vero-Doda
Look out for the next tough-looking bikers you see: They may just be wearing Christian Louboutin’s red-soles shoes. The luxury brand hosted its spring ’17 show in Milan in a private bikers’ club, where much the new collection drew influences from the craft of bike repairing. Think heavy metal studding and burnished leathers.
Dressy styles were dressed down via the theme’s rustic influences. Lace-up brogues had silver studs in lieu of the traditional perforations. Single monk-strap dress shoes were finished in hand-burnished suedes to give it a worn feel. Suede oxfords were laceless and had chain piping.