Christian Louboutin will open its first boutique in Doha this month. Qatar’s first standalone boutique by the acclaimed red sole shoe designer will be located in The Villaggio Mall.
The boutique design revolves around a futuristic theme, discernible through colour scheme and materials alongside more tangible features of furnishing and bespoke display elements. The façade of the boutique is a bevy of windows outlined with a blue theatrical curtain pulled aside to reveal the interior of the store. On crossing the threshold, the visitor is welcomed by the signature Christian Louboutin red carpet into the main entrance, where a Saturn inspired chandelier dominates the space. The installation’s light emerges from concentric metal ring surrounding the translucent Plexiglas sphere.
Comprised of three shopping spaces, the boutique offers dedicated areas for men and women’s shoes, each accompanied by a selection of bags and accessories. The entrance provides a masculine environment for the men’s collection complete with acrylic gyroscope shoe displays and exotic, handpicked textiles furnishings, while two circular shopping suites house the women’s collection, each centered round a vibrant hand-blown Syrian teardrop glass chandelier. White arched shoe alcoves adorn the walls of the rotundas, reminiscent of an old theatre, giving each product an individual stage to showcase their personalities.
The store’s debut collection includes sought-after classic styles such as the Pigalle, Hyper Privé and the now iconic Sweet Charity handbag, in a seasonal mandarin red colour with contrasting trim. Whimsical styles from the Spring/ Summer 2012 collection showcase the designer’s wit and craftsmanship, like the Makeup Trash: The 6 inch peep toe utilizes elements of a beauty queens vanity in a unique display of masterful embroidery. Meanwhile the Loubi Zeppa, inspired by a Louboutin window display of neon lights “the Neon Graveyard”, comes to life as a colourful statement wedge. Qatar ladies, get your wallets prepared!