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.’
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.