Christian Louboutin – a beauty brand with red sole

By | December 30, 2016

There are few things more distinctive than a flash of the red sole of a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes – though many who covet such a luxury may not realise the origins of this signature detail.

The fanciful interiors are much more Chambelland than Louboutin. ‘It’s really Bruno who took care of decorating; he used to be an auctioneer. The chateau was owned by his family three centuries ago, but when the Revolution happened his great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Chambelland, was cut into 200 pieces and the property drifted from owner to owner.’

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When Chateau de Champgillon came back on the market in the late 1980s, Bruno snapped it up and the pair set about restoring it, drawing heavily on 18th-century style. A number of pieces that had been kept in the Chambelland family, including an antique grandfather clock, were returned to their original home; other items, such as some 16th-century Spanish portraits and a woven tapestry by Alexander Calder, were purchased at Paris’ Drouot auction house, and more still were picked up by Louboutin on his travels .

Such luxurious detailing comes at a premium price (£36), and though some may baulk, it’s a far more attainable way to achieve that thrilling flash of Louboutin red than a pair of designer’s heels.

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