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Shoes, Meet Nails: Christian Louboutin Beauté Debuts Paris Boutique

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IMAGE: JULIEN OPPENHEIM; COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Christian Louboutin Beauté made its debut in 2012, bridging the gap between accessories and beauty. Now the brand has finally opened a beauty boutique in Paris. Rejoice, world! The new space sits in between the first women’s and men’s shoe boutiques of Galerie Vero-Dodat making it a must-see for shoppers looking for more than a new pair of heels. Christian Louboutin Beauté’s signature stiletto-like nail lacquer bottle was the central focus of the beauty boutique. Mr. Louboutin himself describes the unique space as a “small shop or a big shrine, but completely dedicated to beauty.”

The facade of the store is a registered historical landmark so Louboutin collaborated with interior architect Pierre Yovanovitch on the store’s intricate interior design. “When Christian reached out to me, we worked together on a global aesthetic concept. He showed me this faceted nail color bottle crowned with this black spear cap of galactic proportions. I immediately thought it would be compelling to establish a contemporary space, amidst this very historical Parisian passage, with design codes that redefine the new aesthetic approach of beauty so dear to Christian Louboutin,” says Yovanovitch.

The shoe boutiques are known for their eclecticism so this new design was a departure from the norm for the brand. The inside is a faceted room with matte white walls featuring small alcoves, a design feature borrowed from the shoe boutiques, and used to display the nail colors. The open and high ceilings continue to create the illusion of the bottle and a narrow staircase leads shoppers to a private second floor loft that resembles a boudoir with its powder pink walls and cushioned furniture. “Upstairs will be a discreet, private space for clients to try out the Louboutin beauty ritual,” says the designer.

The boutique is open Monday to Saturday, from 10.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at  8 Galerie Véro-Dodat 75001 Paris.