The luxury shoe brand Manolo Blahnik has found a new headquarters in London’s Mayfair, a historic and fashionable district. The company has acquired a Grade 1 – listed town house at 31 Old Burlington Street, near it’s men’s and women’s boutique in Burlington Arcade.
The six-floor building, which dates back to the early Georgian era, spans 14,500 square feet and was previously vacant. The company did not disclose the price of the deal, but market sources estimate it at 35 million pounds.
Kristina Blahnik, the chief executive officer of Manolo Blahnik International Ltd. And the niece of the founder, said that the move marks an important milestone for the company and that the location is very close to Manolo’s heart.
The founder, Manolo Blahnik, is known for his exquisite and elegant designs that have been worn by celebrities, royals, and fashion lovers for decades. He started his career in London in 1970 and has since received numerous awards, exhibitions and biographies.
The company has been expanding its global presence in recent years, especially in the U.S. and Asia, its largest markets. It has also invested in its own atelier and production facility in Italy. The brand is distributed in more than 300 doors globally and operates its own e-commerce platform.
The move to Mayfair reflects the company’s confidence in London as a hub of wealth, culture, and creativity. The neighborhood has been attracting many international luxury brands, art galleries, and restaurants, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and Brexit.
Manolo Blahnik’s new headquarters is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.