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Lined wall-to-wall with red-soled shoes, celebrity shoemaker Christian Louboutin’s first boutique in Mumbai opens today, March 20.
The historic Horniman Circle area already houses two other international favourites — Hermès and Starbucks. Now with a Louboutin signboard on the façade, the first day had women passers-by stop in their tracks, sunglasses raised to ogle the shoes in the show window.
Inside, a wall made up entirely of hand-drilled wooden chips, which have then been painstakingly embroidered, reveals Louboutin’s signature scrawled in that famous scarlet hue.
Instantly, we spot the classic Pigalle studded Loubs that have been sported on every red carpet, accessorized with celebrities like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian. Choose your option: Neon orange for the trendsetters, and nude and black for the classicists.
Stocking the Spring/Summer ’13 collection now, the store also features a few bags from the Sweet Charity line and an entire section dedicated to Swarovski-crystal embellished high heels. The Indian angle has been weaved in subtly, via bandhini tie-dye decorating the ‘Duplice’ wedge heel.
A dizzily winding staircase connects the goodies on display at ground zero to a smaller men’s collection on the first floor. There’s the famous tattoo loafers, made for those who literally want to wear their tattoos as accessories.
Louboutin has also set aside a sunlit balcony area for private appointments, which will undoubtedly become a coveted nook around bridal season.
It's official, Mumbai is now high-heel heaven.
Louboutin's signature is embroidered on the wall of his Mumbai store
Christian Louboutin's store features wall-to-wall shoes
Christian Louboutin's sign hangs outside the Mumbai store
Christian Louboutin mens shoes section on the first floor
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