Manolo Blahnik International Limited was established in 1970 when the first boutique was acquired in Chelsea, London. Now a globally recognised brand, its headquarters remain in London with offices and partners around the world.
A privately owned and family run company, Manolo Blahnik still heads the brand as Creative Director and Chairman. He worked with his sister Evangelina Blahnik as Managing Director from 1981 until his niece Kristina Hulsebus Blahnik took over as CEO in 2013. Kristina is currently working on expanding and optimising the business worldwide and manages all aspects of the family venture.
Currently the brand holds more than 300 points of sale including 20 flagship boutiques across the globe in New York City, Hong Kong, Madrid and Geneva to name a few. The company has also undergone a transformation in Asia, in partnership with the Bluebell Group, to expand in Japan, Malaysia and most recently a brand-new flagship store in the heart of Singapore.
In July 2018 Manolo Blahnik launched his first dedicated men’s boutique in London which sits adjacent to the women’s boutique in Burlington Arcade.
With four women’s collections a year as well as bags and a men’s collection, 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. In addition to more than 150 seasonal pieces created across the pre and main collections, are the permanent classics and enduring favourites including the iconic Hangisi, BB and Chaos.
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.