Manolo Blahnik Is Opening His First Men’s Store In London

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As temperatures soared inside London’s Burlington Arcade on Wednesday night, no guests headed home early. It was there that the opening of Manolo Blahnik’s first men’s store was marked.

According to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report, Blahnik, who was looking cool in a sky-blue suit and artfully undone bow tie with stripes, played host to press, stylists, fellow luxury retailers and industry investors at the Mayfair arcade, which had been closed off for the night.

Evangeline Blahnik, the designer’s sister and an architect of the business, and her daughter Kristina Blahnik, the company’s chief executive officer, mingled in the arcade, which had been lined with flower carts showcasing the men’s shoes and a rainbow of colored paper lanterns ahead of the Pride in London parade on Saturday, according to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report.

There was no shortage of sweets and exquisite snacks at said event.

According to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report, there were do-it-yourself ice cream sundae and cotton candy stalls, while guests drank Pimm’s, Britain’s fruity (but alcoholic) summer drink, and Champagne and dipped into icy buckets filled with oysters. At the entrance, dapper men passed out copies of The Blahnik Chronicles, a newspaper dedicated to the designer and his style.

Features included “The Gospel According to Manolo,” with rules to live by, such as, “Always be prepared for when inspiration might strike,” “Look impeccable,” and “Learn your craft: Consistency and devotion to one’s work will always win in the end.”

While guests celebrated outside, the man himself walked some people around the tiny store, which he designed. It has original — and reproduction — Edwardian mahogany wall panels and shelves and a rug created by Blahnik with an abstract wave motif rolling around the edges. Blahnik’s pictures, which will hang on the wall panels, still hadn’t arrived, according to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report.

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