"I'm sure I acquired my interest in shoes genetically or at least through my fingers, when I was allowed to touch them as they were made." Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik was born and raised in the Canary Islands. He studied in Geneva and Paris, and moved to London in 1968, where he wrote for Vogue Italia. Diana Vreeland, upon seeing his sketches, told Blahnik that he should become a shoe designer.
In 1972, he designed shoes for a runway show for Ossie Clark, and soon thereafter opened his first boutique. Blahnik has since expanded his operations to stores around the world.
In 1974, Blahnik became the first man to appear on the cover of British Vogue. He repopularized the stiletto heel, which had fallen out of fashion. Blahnik designs all his shoes by himself, without using assistants or apprentices.
Blahnik has twice been named Accessory Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council. He was awarded the honor of Commander of the British Empire in 2007. Manolo Blahnik became a household name as a result of the TV show Sex and the City, as his shoes were an often-mentioned favorite of lead character Carrie Bradshaw.