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Manolo Blahnik takes over space at Liberty

Liberty department store has today unveiled a space dedicated to luxury footwear label Manolo Blahnik.

In addition to displaying an extensive part of his shoe collection, the devoted area on Liberty’s first floor will carry bags, scarves, sketches and stationery all inscribed with the designer’s signature handwriting.

The space follows a pop-up shop in 2010 - World of Manolo - and is the department store’s edit of Blahnik’s collection. Liberty claims to be the designer footwear brand’s only UK stockist, alongside a Manolo Blahnik store in Chelsea, London. The brand has strong retail presence in Japan, however.

Ahead of today’s opening, Blahnik said: “I love the store; it has so much character and history. The products sold there are very unique and cannot be found anywhere else. I adore the Liberty fabrics and I use some in every collection of mine.”

The store’s managing director Ed Burstell said: “What makes Manolo Blahnik so relevant is his consistent design aesthetic over time – chic, feminine, often playful and always appropriate. So refreshing after years of heavy-handed over design in shoe making. He is the true genius and we are proud to be his partner on this historic venture.”

The Manolo Blahnik spring 12 collection will feature a new heel shape, constucted from a round silver sphere that can be stacked to make a kitten or high heel.

Inspirations for the collection also include the vibrant works of Henri Matisse and the English garden, while other designs are collaborations with London Fashion Week designer Richard Nicholl.

To mark the London 2012 Olympic Games, Manolo Blahnik has also released a linen court shoe in gold, silver and bronze with a three-tiered trim suggesting a Greek sports arena. Simple metallic sandals like those worn by ancient Greeks are another Games-inspired part of the collection.

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