Christina Louboutin Paris

An intimate and rare look behind the scenes at the Parisian atelier of the legendary Christian Louboutin.

Released on 6/13/2013

Transcript

00:00
(upbeat instrumental music)
00:21
(music box chimes)
00:25
This is the end of the Fashion Week in Paris,
00:29
and I'm looking at what I have to do after that.
00:32
I'm living in a now and now mood,
00:35
and then strolling around coming back in a month,
00:38
but before that,
00:42
I suppose I'm going to go to the atelier again.
00:46
I'm going to show you different things.
00:51
So this is where it all started actually for me.
00:55
This is my first store
00:56
and I basically started from that door
00:59
and the behind door was my office.
01:02
So it's really the complete beginning of here.
01:07
Okay, now we go to the office.
01:09
(upbeat instrumental music)
01:21
Okay, so now we enter the atelier.
01:23
See, here's my name and this is (foreign language)
01:26
which is in reference to Cinderella.
01:29
Minus five, this is minus seven,
01:30
I was born the seventh of January that's why.
01:33
(Ooh La La by Goldfrapp)
01:40
So now that we're inside,
01:42
this used to be a photography studio.
01:46
I'm holding one of the new sneakers, that's for men.
01:49
And for men and there will be also for women,
01:52
but this one is for men.
01:53
[Interviewer] Do you enjoy designing men's shoes?
01:56
Very much because it's relaxed,
01:58
to me by performance at the beginning,
02:01
and I love to do men.
02:03
[Interviewer] Is it a different process?
02:04
It's a quicker process,
02:06
you know, I mean there is not so much engineering
02:09
into men's shoes as there is into women's shoes.
02:12
Women's shoes you have the heel,
02:13
you have the gravity center which is going to move,
02:15
you have to have a certain weight
02:17
which is going to go on a very small surface.
02:19
It's really technically,
02:21
it is much more complicated to do women than men.
02:24
Men it's really easy.
02:26
Hi Christian, what's happening?
02:31
Doing a little tour.
02:33
Oh.
02:34
Of the studio, and the atelier.
02:35
Very nice, enjoy.
02:37
Thanks.
02:38
So now I'm going to show you the atelier.
02:40
The atelier here, it's in Paris,
02:42
it's where the measures are made,
02:46
special, very special orders,
02:48
things for shows, this type.
02:51
(Ooh La La by Goldfrapp)
02:59
So okay, now we are to the atelier,
03:00
and this is where,
03:02
this is the nest of the replication.
03:04
This is where we make things,
03:06
versus the other part where we do the patterns
03:10
and then here it's really the construction.
03:13
So it's been there for almost five years now.
03:17
It's really great.
03:18
It's really a laboratory, this is my laboratory.
03:21
So we're here.
03:23
(Ooh La La by Goldfrapp)
03:45
Okay so here, it's another part of,
03:46
it's another room.
03:48
This is also the laboratory.
03:49
It's all sorts of pieces.
03:51
I'll show you.
03:53
Okay so here you have fabrics,
03:55
old things that I've been collecting,
03:57
tons of things.
03:58
And then we're are going to assemble like prototypes,
04:01
try things, and whenever we're happy with it
04:04
then it goes to another production room,
04:06
but this is really the place where you just
04:09
put bit and pieces of things
04:10
and then you get this type of finish.
04:13
So, (foreign language) I've been trying to
04:18
find for two days now.
04:20
Marie.
04:24
(speaking in foreign language)
04:32
That's what is the type of thing which we do here,
04:36
and then we can forget for a while.
04:41
But there is always a moment when I'm coming back
04:43
and I've got it back.
04:47
(Ooh La La by Goldfrapp)
05:28
(music box chimes)