Born in the Canary Islands, Spanish mother and Czech father, opened his first shoe store in 1973, Zapata, in Old Church Street in Chelsea, London. With a career spanning over 30 years, Manolo Blahnik has become one of the most influential footwear designers of the world. His shoes have spellbound an international set of faithful worshipers and devotees worldwide.
The store is a small minimalistic space located inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel and accessessible from the lobby, is a nod to the character from Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker, because two jewel designs exposed in the external window were worn by her on the show. But inside the store there are many other great models that represent the greatness of Manolo Blahnik.
¿Want some names? Well, of course, could not miss their legendary Campari, Mary-Janes a sharp point until they have become jewel by Tous. We can also find a flirty baroque halls of stage on which he collaborated with Sofia Coppola in Marie Antoinette movie and its flat ballerinas. However, the most abundant are the vertiginous heel shoes which, surprise surprise, are easily wearable. This is what has to be a shoemaker for decades, a complete mastery of the technique that Manolo Blahnik knows how to add the right amount of fantasy and refinement for immortal shoes.