Manolo Blahnik was established in 1970 when the first boutique was acquired in Chelsea, London. Now a globally recognised brand, its headquarters remain in London. A privately owned and family run company, Manolo Blahnik still heads the brand as Creative Director and Chairman.
Manolo still sketches every shoe himself and works with his niece to bring the collection to fruition. He retains a close relationship with the artisans in the factories and travels to Italy each season to personally work on the lasts and heels, choosing materials and accessories and overseeing the development of each prototype.
The brand is known for its original, creative flair as well as timeless classic styles which sees loyal customers, from film stars to leading editors, to women who simply trust his perfectionism, come back again and again.