History of the Manolo Blahnik BB

Stylist Annabel Tollman calls it the only shoe.  It regularly walks red carpets around the world.  It’s also known as an editor’s staple used in photoshoots.  This is the Manolo Blahnik BB pump

“I have always liked court shoes, especially with thin, high heels,” said Mr. Blahnik.  ”Suddenly, two years later it was the most successful shoe!  The beauty of the BB is that it can be worn at any time, anywhere, in any color and any material.  It is so versatile!”  Reintroduced in 2009, Mr. Blahnik designed this classic pump as the antithesis of everything else people were wearing at the time – over-designed, over-accessorized, heavy shoes.  He wanted something simple, sleek, elegant.

The BB was inspired by 1950s fashion, and was aptly named after the inimitable Brigitte Bardot.  “It reminds me of mid 20th century elegance and women like Suzy Park and Jean Shrimpton”, Mr. Blahnik explains.

Manolo Blahnik and Bergdorf Goodman date back to the dawn of Mr Blahnik’s business in the United States: “Bergdorf Goodman is the jewel of New York!  It is one of the most important places for me to visit.  I love it!  It was so wonderful when I was able to sell my collection there.” And we hope to continue this friendship for many, many years to come.

Meet Manolo Blahnik today from 4-6pm.

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