Louboutin’s Flagship Miami Store Inspired by Nature

By Paul Joseph

French luxury fashion house Christian Louboutin has transformed its make-shift Miami store into a flagship permanent structure with an appearance inspired by natural elements.

Located in Miami’s Design District, the store is the result of a partnership between Louboutin and New-York based design firm 212 box.

Spread across 3,874-square-foot on two levels, the eye-catching space stocks men’s and women’s apparel and features a textural appearance that stands out from the surrounding architecture.

The building’s exterior comprises hand-harvested peeled tree panels in a dark hue and produced using 100 per cent renewable solar-powered electricity.

The interior of the store also features natural, earthy textures such as walls lined in paler barks like white birch, gold birch, and pin cherry wood lines.

Other notable features include ‘I’-shaped columns originally used for a 1970s Parisian office building in a reused form, and a tiered skylight with a wavy profile that tops the central double-height space along with glass and golden shelves.

There’s also arched nooks constructed for stilettoes and other footwear and a red carpet runs throughout the store to provide continuity between the two levels, while also paying homage to the famous red-lacquered sole of Louboutin shoes.

Christian Louboutin set up his own eponymous company in 1991. Mainly renowned for its women’s shoe designs, it has grown to become one of the world’s most iconic fashion labels.

By Paul Joseph