“It was the Palais-Royal or nothing!” says Manolo Blahnik. The Spanish shoe designer has this definitive way of asserting things, as he plans to inaugurate his first Parisian boutique next autumn in the gardens of the Palais-Royal. “I waited a long time, because I wanted it to be located exactly here, under the arcades of this beautiful garden. It is a place that is very dear to me, it represents for me the intrinsic beauty of Paris. I discovered it in 1961, the first time I came to Paris,” explains the Spanish designer from his vivid memory.
“My memory of Paris is related to the people I met. When I first came to Paris, they were magical and carefree years. I lived on Bonaparte street, close to Saint-Germaindes-Prés. I remember sitting on the terrace of Café de Flore with my friend Shirley Goldfarb, and we were looking at the women passing by. They had an exquisite style... but, the case is not the same anymore! People do not know how to get dressed anymore,” says Manolo reminiscing the past.
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