As a child, I was very connected to fashion -- the 60s in particular -- and I still am by the looks of my Pinterest account. In my teenage years, I discovered that I could predict fashion, music and business trends. When listening to a song, I would close my eyes and I'd just "know" when a song would go platinum. Remember the 80's neon fashion craze? While all of my friends laughed, I was wearing it. 2 years later they couldn't get enough of it. Unfortunately, most of what I "see" as trendy is too far for most minds to comprehend; however, that has never stopped me from wearing what I want, laughs or not. I've braved a lot in 55 years.
This morning's blog inspiration came from a pinned quote. When I saw the "sole" of this shoe, I saw the "soul" of this designer. His creations reminded me of a quote I read, "I'm aware that I'm rare and... I don't care."
So, who is this sole designer?
Having "felt "different" as a child, Christian Louboutin ran away from home at a very young age, finally sealing his destiny when he dropped out of formal education at the age of 12. (His background includes, amoung other things, landscape architect, backstage assistant and dresser.)
As a freelance shoe designer, Mr. Louboutin worked for the houses of Channel and Yves Saint Laurent before leaving the industry all together to become a landscape architect. After working as a Vogue contributor, he realized that he missed shoe design and set up his shop in 1991. Princess Caroline of Monaco was his 1st patron. In his first year of business he sold 200 pairs. By 2011, his shoes were the most looked-up shoe on the internet.
The story of Pantone 18-1663 TPX...
In the fashion world, the owning and wearing of a certain red-heeled shoe symbolizes the extreme in shoe status. Often found on the likes of Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, the "Lubby" heel as it is known, is only found in high-end retailer stores such as Neiman-Marcus and Bergdof Goodman.
His signature red heel has not gone un-noticed by other design houses. In fact, Pantone 18-1663 TPX, has caused quite a stir in the shoe industry. In a 'why didn't I think of that moment' other houses rushed out to copy the sole and in the end, Mr. L prevailed.
How does he keep it rare?
Interestingly enough, while other houses give shoes away, Mr. L does not. The best he will do is give a 10% discount... reserved ONLY for his best clients. He also does not over-hype or undervalue his brand. He has been asked numerous times to license other brands but always turns them down. His name, he prefers, to keep unlicensed. That my friend says it all... How you treat yourself is a reflection of how you allow the world treats you. He's a rare find in a world that usually revolves around money for fashion. With a society fixated on keeping within the norm, I find that being rare is a very good thing.
So, I ask you today, what is your "sole" signature? What makes you rare, stand out in a crowd and get noticed? I'd love to hear about your unique "sole" so please share in the comment box below!
*Whether they admit it or not, I believe that those involved in the fashion, hair and style industries are highly psychic. They are predominately right-brained, which also happens to be where psychic ability, creativity, feelings and emotion are stored.
Merry is an Intuitive Strategist and Certified Life Coach. She specializes in helping others succeed in relationships and in life.