Manolo Blahnik celebrates 50 years in the industry

Fashion / December 13, 2021

The name Manolo Blahnik stirs excites in fashionistas hearts no one can parallel. In the year of the Sex and the City reboot, it’s clear that Blahnik’s reach is far beyond a blue engagement shoe and the pop culture significance it enjoys.

Manolo Blahnik, as seen in the documentary Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards, is about an earnest love to create beautiful shoes and to adapt to the needs of its owner.

This rings true in the words Blahnik shares in an interview, seeing the 50th anniversary with a digital archive of all his designs along with a capsule collection. Here are his best quotes.

“I’m always so oblivious what’s going on in the world of fashion. I keep doing my own thing. I’m so glad that people still buy my things and they get excited, but I never follow anything.” 

“Keeping my vision is very important for me in the future: Keeping what I do the same way, but, of course, changing, because that’s in the nature of fashion, change. But I want to change only where I want to change.”

“My future is thinking about today. This is what I think about all the time. If I could keep my vision intact in the future and able to create, that would be a wonderful future for me.”

“I think I have longevity because my shoes don’t have time, really; it’s pretentious of me to think about that.”

“Surviving is the greatest achievement; not everybody makes it that far.”

“This is what I love. I have a lot of people, they write to me and say, ‘I’m going to do shoes and accessories because of you. You started so much.’ That is very satisfying for me.”