Christian Louboutin Handbags

French fashion designer Christian Louboutin, famous for his red-platformed stilettos, became renowned in 1991 after Princess Caroline of Monaco was the first customer in his Paris Shoe Salon. After a French fashion magazine published the lavish praise she had for his designs, clients such as Diane von Furstenberg and Catherine Deneuve frequented the salon. The brand grew to include fragrances, makeup, footwear, and Christian Louboutin bags.

Louboutin's classic, cutting-edge style is evident in Christian Louboutin bags. The Vero Dodat Clutch was inspired by the covered passageway of his original Paris boutique. The clutch, which doubles as a handbag, is fashioned of gold and silver snakeskin-stamped leather. Like many Christian Louboutin bags, it is lined with his signature red leather. Fashioned of navy grained calfskin and embellished with multicolored studs, the Loubiclutch is the perfect handbag to pair with denim jeans. It has a detachable leather strap and red twill lining. The Christian Louboutin Paloma Small Tote Bag has a front of multicolored floral jacquard with brown grained leather at the back. It is embellished with multicolored studs and signature red leather.

Born in 1964 and raised in Paris's 12th arrondissement, Christian Louboutin was the only son of a cabinet maker and a homemaker from Brittany. His first job was at the Folies Bergères, a French cabaret as a back-stage assistant to the entertainers. He became a regular on the French party scene clubbing alongside the likes of Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol. Louboutin became fascinated with shoes after visiting the Musée National des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie. After spending time in India, he returned to Paris and assembled a portfolio of sketches of elaborate high heeled shoes. His efforts brought him employment with Charles Jourdan where he met Roger Vivier, the designer of what he claimed as the first stiletto or spiked heel shoes. He became an apprentice for Vivier. Louboutin received funding from two backers and opened a Paris shoe salon in 1991. His client list grew from Princess Caroline to include other celebrities. Brittany Spears wore a pair of his high heels in one of her music videos.