WELL HEELED

Legendary footwear and accessory designers Manolo Blahnik and Le Silla open up their new pop-up shops in Gate 6, Villagio Mall, Doha. Both known for their contemporary designs the opulent interior has been created to showcase their shoes in all of their stylish splendour…

MANOLO BLAHNIK

With a career spanning 45 years, Manolo Blahnik is one of the world’s most influential footwear designers. His shoes have spellbound an international set of adoring and loyal devotees across the globe. Blahnik is a craftsman. To this day he makes a trip to the factories in Milan every season for a few weeks to personally bring to life every collection. All the shoes he develops are based on his sketches which get translated into prototypes at the factories. The exquisitely shaped lasts and heels he creates for his shoes are still perfected with his very own hands.

Through the years Manolo’s achievements have been recognised by various bodies in many countries, most recently the Couture Council of America and one of the biggest and Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) awarded by her Majesty The Queen. He has also published numerous books, the latest being Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions with Rizzoli in 2015. Most recently Mr Blahnik was awarded Collaboration of the Year Award by Footwear News, for the SS17 collection VetementsxManoloBlahnik.

Along with a leading women’s line which includes evening and day bags, the brand also has a successful men’s collection. Manolo Blahnik has 310 points of sale in 34 countries worldwide with 13 standalone stores and a recently launched ecommerce platform.

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LE SILLA

The source of inspiration for Enio Silla, who has always been the Le Silla designer, is to materialise an idea of seduction, to make the image of a woman real and full of femininity. When Enio arrives in the office, he finds again the creative chaos from which an shocking idea will get life from. Often this idea needs the designer brilliance mixed with the artisan skill to be transformed in a creation to live.

Creative Director of the brand, Monica Ciabattini shaped the Company’s image thanks to her surprising aesthetic nature, determining the orientation of the brand and giving the outlines for the collections, advertising campaigns and design of flagship stores LeSilla Villaggio is the second standalone boutique in Doha accessible via Gate 6 of Villagio Mall. Bringing the latest of Italian footwear to you, LeSilla caters to everyday needs as well as occasional wear in women footwear.

The brand was founded by Enio Silla in 1994 who has now built a company that stands out for its details and style since the very beginning. The dedication focused on initially expanding their retail network in Italy, Milan and Florence whilst also expanding abroad by opening corner shops and flagships, from Moscow to Dubai throughout Kuwait City, Almaty and Bucharest.

The trend of growth proved very satisfying, allowing LeSilla to realise the new headquarter with a brand restyling. LeSilla believes that a great opera is played by a large orchestra, boys and girls who have become men and women of talent. Personality and sacrifice have made themselves instruments for this wonderful concert.

lesilla.com For more information, please call (+974) 44930292

 


 

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