I was meandering online the other day and came across the most EXQUISITE photos of Christian Louboutin’s home and gardens in France that are too good not to share. The iconic shoe designer has owned the 13th century Château de Champgillon for over 25 years and has been steadily turning it’s 17 acres into a floral oasis. Who knew that Christian Louboutin almost made his career in landscape design? Yep, he briefly designed topiaries and gardens in the late 80’s before opening his eponymous shoe store in Paris in 1991. I love what Louboutin had to say to The Telegraph about how gardening and design are intertwined for him:
“When you’re a designer you look at the line structures, forms and color combinations of everything you see…Many designers think of paintings, but if I close my eyes I would see nature. The colors and the textures just add up for me. A magnolia is a thick leather, probably patent. A pansy is definitely suede or velvet. When I think of what colors 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.”
These photos are by photographer Jane Hilton and are part of a series commissioned by Rakesprogress for their magazine and a pop-up exhibit in London late last year. Jane’s photography and Louboutin’s home and gardens are an absolute DREAM. Chinese and Japanese wisteria trail the property, a 19th century orangerie grows kumquats and mandarins, and I read that there’s even an archive holding 8,000 pairs of Louboutin’s creations.
Ooo la la!