THE LOVELY ONES :: Manolo Blahnik
(Manuel Blahnik Rodriguez)
Did you know…
1. He was born on November 28, 1942 in Santa Cruz de La Palma, Spain.
2. He was brought up and home-schooled on a banana plantation in the Canary Islands. Reflecting on his childhood he was quoted as saying “It was just bananas, the sea and us….a sort of paradise.”
3. In 1970, his fleeting thoughts of becoming a theatre set designer came to an end after a meeting with Diana Vreeland who viewed his set design portfolio and exclaimed, “How amusing. Amusing. You can do accessories very well. Why don’t you do that? Go make shoes. Your shoes in these drawings are so amusing.”