The Republic of Letters

Getting to Know Manolo Blahnik

manolo-blahnikJohn Heilpern lunches with the shoe designer at the Monkey Bar and pens a flattering portrait of the man. Of his obsession with shoes, Heilpern writes:

He has for many years lived in London and in historic Bath, in southwestern England, where his two adjoining Georgian houses are also home to some 25,000 to 30,000 pairs of prototype Manolos. He’s lost count of them. “I don’t live in a house. I live in a shoe museum! ‘Shoe mausoleum’ would be better! I lost about 300 in a flood in London. But it’s O.K. I saved some of them.” It’s almost as if his shoes were human to him, like members of an extended, sexy family.

What I like most about Blahnik, though, is his perspective on wealth and work.

And although he is surely wealthy, money has never been the point with this well-liked man. “I love to work. I don’t have any life! But, you know, John, people of my generation, we didn’t think much about money. I believe that everything is done for the pleasure of doing it. I have that kind of mind, I think. Maybe I’m crazy.”

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