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June 2, 2019

Lamp — André Arbus

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Said Christian Louboutin:

I decided to start my own company because of André Arbus’s lamp.

One day in 1991 I was on my way to have dinner with my friend Bruno when I stopped at a local antiques dealer.

I wanted to buy this lamp, which features a big hand in bronze holding two cones containing bulbs.

For some reason the dealer didn't want to sell it to me.

As I tried to persuade him, the conversation turned to my career.

At the time I was working for other designers, and hadn't thought of starting my own business.

In fact I had stopped designing shoes in favour of landscape architecture.

The dealer then told me about a shop nearby that was vacant — he said I should rent the shop and do my own thing.

I went to dinner and told Bruno about this, and at the restaurant we decided we should do it.

So it's because of this lamp that I started my company.

Eventually, the dealer sold it to a man in London I happened to know.

I bought the lamp from him instead.

[From the June/July 2019 issue of the Economist's 1843 magazine in its feature "My Life in Six Objects," which visited with Louboutin.]

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