Christian Louboutin

Major leaguer

World renowned fashion designer, Christian Louboutin, is popular for his idiosyncratic red-soled footwear. He was born in France in 1963, and initially dreamt about the idea of fantastical footwear during his early teenage years. At the age of 16, he was expelled from school and soon went to work at the famed Parisian cabaret Folies Bergère. He did all sorts of jobs for the dancers, including fulfilling his personal dream of creating shoes for them. Louboutin then learned the tips and tricks of the shoe business after landing a job with Charles Jourdan in the early 1980s. During the 1990s, Louboutin launched his own line of women's shoes and found inspiration for his legendary red outer soles in 1993 after observing his assistant’s red nail paint which became a statement for the season back then. His artistic yet flirtatious shoes soon attracted the likes of Princess Caroline of Monaco, who happened to be one of his early customers followed by a hoard of celebrities who rock the red-soled Louboutin time and again. In 2003, Louboutin expanded his business and started designing women's handbags and later kick-started his men's shoes line in 2011.