Reporting Lisa Petrillo
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MIAMI (CBS4)- Manolo Blahnik became a worldwide brand and household name almost overnight, and now there’s good news for South Floridian shoe lovers.
Sarah Jessica Parker said it best on “Sex and The City,” and she said it often.
“Hello Lover,” said Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, drooling over a pair of Manolo’s in the window.
George Malkamus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik Shoes, said the exposure was great for the company.
“That was unbelievable for business and our brand because what it did was introduce us to a younger customer and a new customer,” said Malkamus.
Malkamus is launching the line at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour Shops for the first time, premiering the Spring collection. You’ll find everything from sparkly shoes to flats, sassy sandals and pretty pumps.
One thing you won’t find is a sky high platform.
“He doesn’t do platforms,” Malkamus said. “He thinks if you see a woman wearing what he calls chair shoes, when you walk down the stairs everyone is only going to look at the chairs, not the beautiful women wearing them.”
Their sticker price is no walk in the park. An average pair of Manolo’s runs from $700 to $900 a pair, and up. Still many women from all walks of life want to walk in a pair of Manolo’s.
“There’s a line in the show that Carrie says, ‘I have a closet filled with Manolo Blahnik’s and I can’t afford an apartment,’” laughed Malkamus.