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Behind the Collaboration: Christian Louboutin x Sabyasachi

From Paris to Kolkata to you. Kindred spirits Christian Louboutin and Sabyasachi are pleased to present an exclusive, ultra-limited edition capsule collection for women and men. Couture tradition is invigorated with creative electricity and sheer joie de vivre, as new and classic Christian Louboutin styles are reinvented and hand-crafted, each one-of-a-kind and some made-to-measure, in the most exquisite sari fabrics – all from Sabyasachi’s personal collection.

With Christian Louboutin, the story is always a fairytale sprinkled with magic. In this true story, a chance meeting between the two designers in Sabyasachi’s Mumbai boutique lead to an immediate connection ignited by their boundless creativity and shared adoration of India’s culture, exquisite craftsmanship and love of food.

“Like some of the best things in life, this was completely unplanned and by chance,” Sabyasachi said when referencing meeting Christian for the first time. Sabyasachi confesses that upon first meeting Christian, he asked if they could collaborate. To which Christian exuberantly responded, “Yes!”

An expression of this joyful connection first came in July 2015, when Christian Louboutin conspired to create the extraordinary shoes that walked the runway of Sabyasachi’s annual couture show held in Mumbai, followed again in October 2016, with a small number of exquisite handbags added to pair with the shoes. 

Next, came an invitation to “Sabya’s” home city of Kolkata, and a rare visit to his private archive of saris and ribbons. Inspired by these immensely special fabrics, Christian said “Let’s make the embroideries into shoes that can dance into the light.”

And so, the pair decided to bring this beauty outside of India to bask in the country's glorious fabrics and rich craftsmanship.

Featured in the collection are nearly a dozen Women’s shoe styles, including an exquisite thigh-high boot crafted with delicate leather strips designed to harness and highlight the leg. Aptly named Tall and Deep, a very few pairs will be available worldwide as an exclusive, made-to-measure item.

For Men, Christian Louboutin chose to revisit select iconic styles from his collections. Dandelion loafer received the Sabyasachi magic touch with an embroidered toe-cap recalling traditional Indian wedding shoes while Louis Junior is transformed into an incredibly rich patchwork of motifs and colours.

The Piloutin, an evening bag designed to look like a precious pillow, was created from incredible Sabyasachi sari ribbons collection. As a declaration of love to the glamorous Bollywood actresses dressed in Sabyasachi, an adorable Poupette handbag charm was created to complement the bags, adorned with embroidered ribbons and crystals.

“Indian handicraft is the best of the best in the world. The luxuriance of Indian workmanship is at the maximum. I would love the world outside of India to love it as I do.” - Christian Louboutin

To bring this collaboration to life, Christian Louboutin imagined the graphic novel, “Deep Sleep for Beauty,” which tells the story of a beautiful Indian actress cast under a spell from which only the two designers have the ability to free her. Discover the story and the collection on @LouboutinWorld and @SabyasachiOfficial beginning on October 4, 2017.