Fashion designer Christian Louboutin has developed an international following for his distinctive red-soled footwear.

Born in France in 1963, Christian Louboutin first started dreaming up fantastical footwear in his early teens. He was expelled from school at age 16 and started working for famed shoe designer Charles Jourdan two years later. In the early 1990s, Louboutin launched his own line of women’s shoes. He added his legendary red soles in 1993. In 2003, Louboutin expanded into women’s handbags. He then started up his men’s shoes line in 2011.

“For inspiration, I often imagine a courtesan living out her life in a circus.”
—Christian Louboutin