Born in France in 1963, shoe designer Christian Louboutin was inspired by a trip to a museum where he saw a sign saying that high heels were not permitted, leaving Louboutin in total fascination of never having seen shoes like that before. At age 16, he began working for shoe designer Charles Jourdan, learning the shoe business. Louboutin launched his own line of designer shoes for women, added his legendary signature red soles in 1993, later expanding into women's handbags. His signature red sole was inspired by watching his assistant paint her nails red, deciding to color the soles red as a flirtatious statement. He later realized that the red sole was sought after by his customers and he decided not to stop. His artistic shoes soon attracted the likes of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Madonna who wore his dangerously high heels, helping to introduce the world to Louboutin.