Digging His Heels In

​Rakesprogress magazine presented an exclusive exhibition of pictures of Christian Louboutin’s exquisite private grounds at Château de Champgillon, a property he has co-owned with his business partner Bruno Chambelland for more than 25 years. 

The garden is as beautiful, surprising and playful as his trademark shoes and thrives  with trees, plants, prized peonies, Chinese and Japanese wisteria an orangerie growing kumquats and mandarins. A set of exquisitely produced prints captures the sensory pleasures of a rarely-photographed garden that Louboutin has made from scratch. In fact, had the famed shoemaker swerved towards gardening as a career, the landscape of fashion footwear look very different indeed. In 1988 he made a sideways career move and began working on topiaries and gardens while he contributed to Vogue, before realising that his true passion was in fact to design shoes, and founded his eponymous line in 1991. The garden, explains Christian Louboutin, is his mood board and the two disciplines relate. He says, “When I think of what colours look good together on a shoe, it’s usually ones that I have thought look good together in the garden. I don’t make moodboards, this is how I research.”