The collaboration, part of which will be featured in Louboutin’s highly anticipated and forthcoming retrospective at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in his native Paris next February, was mutually eye-opening. For the Bhutanese students, it was a chance to explore creative pursuits beyond the traditions of their native country. For Louboutin, it was a lesson in patience, and, to a degree, acquiescence, as every piece had to be approved by Bhutan’s King and Queen. To say the partnership is precious to Louboutin – emotional, even – is a gross understatement.
“When people talk about a kingdom somewhere where Tarzan lives… there was something about Bhutan,” he said. “It’s almost like this secret place.” Heroic and adventurous, Louboutin is a bit like the King of the Jungle in his own right. Better shoes, though.
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