Titled ‘Loubouxor’, the collection of pumps, sandals, boots, sneakers, and bags features original khayameya appliquéd and embroidered tapestry.
Louis Barthélemy, a French artist who has had a long love affair with Cairo, and iconic footwear designer Christian Louboutin, whose biological father is Egyptian, have collaborated on a new line of work inspired by all things Egypt.
Titled ‘Loubouxor’, the collection of pumps, sandals, boots, sneakers, and bags features original khayameya appliquéd and embroidered tapestry which Bathélemy developed earlier this year for the Jean Jacques Rousseau boutique in Paris. The artist then revisited the design into an allover pattern for this collaboration.
The story of Barthélemy’s infatuation with Egyptian heritage arts began years ago, when he stumbled across a small atelier in Souk El Khaymiya that specializes in dying khayameya fabrics. Since then, he has returned to Egypt often, including his most recent visit to Siwa during the COVID-19 lockdown which inspired the creation of a new lifestyle brand called Udjat. Udjat will open a store inside the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir at the end of 2021.