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Manolo Blahnik opens Selfridges store

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Manolo Blahnik opens Selfridges store

Manolo Blahnik has opened a space at London's Selfridges.

The famed footwear designer made his debut in the city's Mayfair area in Burlington Arcade in February (16), and has now turned his focus to Oxford Street.

Opening on Monday (04Jul16), Blahnik's shop inside the department store sits just outside the east entrance of the Shoe Galleries on the second floor, with fellow designer labels as neighbours. The interior is inspired by Georgian architecture as seen in Bath, England, where the designer now resides. There's also plenty of colour and monochrome to reflect his own go-to aesthetic, with Nick Leith-Smith Architecture and Design helping bring his dream to life.

“I am sure when people enter the space they will feel the spirit of Manolo,” Kristina Blahnik, Blahnik's niece and chief executive officer of Manolo Blahnik International, told WWD, adding that she's pleased the company is “adding to our current presence in central London”.

To mark the opening of the space, an exclusive, limited-edition black patent sandal with white piping will be available to buy. Customers who purchase the footwear will receive a hand-drawn sketch of the design, framed and signed by the designer himself.

Male customers can get even more excited as the men's collection will be available at both the new salon and in the men's show department.

Eleanor Robinson, head of accessories at Selfridges, is excited by the store's new addition, describing Blahnik as “an industry game-changer and true fashion icon. The brand is a great addition to our luxury offer.”

This exciting news comes after it was announced that Manolo Blahnik collaborated with Vetements on a limited edition shoe design. The partnership is the latest of many big names, including Levi's and Juicy Couture, to team up with French fashion house Vetements and the finished piece debuted as part of Paris Couture Week on Sunday (03Jul16).

The satin-heeled Hangisi design was reworked for the presentation, being transformed into three offerings; a slingback, a court style and a thigh high version.

Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia presented a smart-casual line packed full of shirts, suit trousers and long, flowing mackintoshes.

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