Nobody wears a Manolo quite like Mr Blahnik’s Press Manager Sarah Coffey (well unless you’re Carrie Bradshaw of course). Inspired by her style, MINE goes behind closed doors into the fabulously fashionable world of Manolo Blahnik HQ to learn a thing or three about the inimitable brand and man behind it.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO WORK FOR THE BRAND?
It’s the epitome of luxury, especially for shoes, but the fact it’s a global brand yet still family run whilst having always maintained a real sense of integrity in the fashion industry, totally captivated me. Besides, Mr Blahnik is the best and why wouldn’t you want to work for the best?!
WHAT IS AN AVERAGE WORKING DAY FOR YOU?
Every day is totally different! I spend a lot of time meeting fashion editors and working on global projects. We’re currently working on our touring exhibition, The Art of Shoes which moves to Toronto in May.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR JOB?
Working with an inspiring team, meeting lots of new people and of course working with the magical Mr Blahnik!
WHAT"S THE MOST EXCITING THING THAT"S HAPPENED AND/OR A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN HQ MANOLO BLAHNIK?
Probably the film which was released late last year MANOLO: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards –this project will stay with me forever! Oh, and Mr Blahnik choosing his favourite emojis! (the runner, the salsa dancer and a dog) The runner was for one of his favourite motto’s keep going keep going keep going, he loves dogs and he’s Spanish hence the salsa dancer.
HOW CLOSELY DO YOU WORK WITH MR BLAHNIK?
Very closely, he is involved in everything, he’s in the office every day! I have so many pinch me moments, - he’s simply so animated and enchanting, but exceptionally modest.
HOW DOES HE INSPIRE YOU PERSONALLY AS WELL AS THE TEAM?
He is the most cultured person I have ever met, he seems to know everything about everything. He is a true genius, but moreover a craftsman which I think is very rare in the industry today.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CURRENT STYLE AND WHY?
I think the Francamaria from Spring ‘18, inspired by the late Franca Sozzani - its a work of art!
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC STYLE AND WHY?
Probably the Lurum, another embellished mule in a 70mm heel height. I can wear them all day and they seem to go with everything!
WHAT IS A PERFECT STYLE THAT CAN GO DAY RIGHT INTO NIGHT?
Has to be the Maysale, it’s my favourite Manolo of all time I think. It was designed for the Issac Mizrahi back in 1991 (which I love as it’s the year I was born) and for me it’s the perfect shoe. A kitten heeled mule with an oversized buckle – what’s not to love! And it’s super comfortable!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE A MANOLO GIRL? I.E WHO IS THE NEW CARRIE BRADSHAW THAT LIVES IN MANOLOS?