WorldManolo Blahnik: "These 50 years seemed like 50 days to me!"

Manolo Blahnik: “These 50 years seemed like 50 days to me!”

SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – The world’s most famous shoe designer would like, in the future, to produce fewer parts that have to be repaired over and over again. He is celebrating half a century of career today, still isolated due to the pandemic, and continues to work and draw with effervescence and passion.

By Eugenia de la Torriente (El Pais)

When Manolo Blahnik speaks, it’s hard to tell fiction from reality. Not because he is lying, but because he mixes, in his story, his memories with those of his favorite films, and sprinkles, here and there, his references to a certainly cinematographic life with cultural quotations so sincere that they seem to be his own experiences.

Manolo was born in La Palma 79 years ago, from a Santacrucera mother and a Czech father. It was between banana trees and fashion magazines imported from Argentina that he forged this exuberant character which led him to leave his island to study law in Geneva, then, after passing through Paris and New York and settling in London, to become the most famous shoe designer in the world. Blahnik’s voice, like his mind, is faster than the others. In the conversation we had in mid-February, on the other end of the phone line, his flow is torrential and expansive…

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