An exhibition dedicated to the famous shoe designer Manolo Blahnik is now on display at Prague’s Kampa Museum. Entitled Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, the exhibition explores the nearly 50-year-long career of the visionary designer. The iconic shoes, which many women know from films and TV series, such as the Sex and the City or Marie Antoinette, will be on display at the Kampa Museum until November 12.
An exhibition dedicated to the famous footwear designer Manolo Blahnik got underway at Prague’s Kampa Museum on Friday. Entitled Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, it explores the visionary designer’s 45 year long career, featuring more than 200 pairs of shoes and over 80 sketches by Blahnik from the 1970’s till today. Manolo Blahnik, whose father was born in Czechoslovakia, becoame world famous thanks to the series Sex in the City and the film Marie Antoinette.The travelling exhibition, which has already been on display in Milan and St Petersburg, will be on display in Prague until November 12.
Worldwide shoe company Bat’a intends to site its global marketing headquarters in Prague, according to the Czech daily Lidové Noviny. The new Prague team will be led by the 29-year-old grandson of the founder of the Czechoslovak shoe empire, Thomas Archer Bata, it added. Bat’a has hitherto had a decentralised marketing philosophy for its worldwide operations but has now decided to unify the image and stress its historical tradition.
Is it a sock or a shoe? The most accurate answer is probably a bit of both: new footwear called Skinners, developed by young law school graduate Petr Procházka. The design caught the attention of many fans and is in the middle of a successful crowdfunding campaign. The benefit of wearing the hybrid? Greater overall freedom: each pair rolls up like socks and fits in your pocket, when you want to change to cycling shoes or roller blades.
Petr Hlaváček, one of the greatest Czech shoe experts and a lecturer at Tomas Bata University in Zlin, has died at the age of 83, the ctk news agency reported. Hlavacek studied the shoes of the warriors of the famous Terracota Army or of Otzi the Iceman, the well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived 5,000 years ago, later making replicas of both types. But his main field of work were shoes for children and diabetics. In 2005, Hlaváček received a prestigious award from the International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians for his contribution to the development of the shoe industry.
The Czech Trade Inspectorate discovered 342 counterfeit shoes in a store in Prague's Narodní Třída, it was revealed on Wednesday. Fake brands, including Tommy Hilfiger, Holister, Abercrombie&Fitch, La Martina, Burberry and Lacoste were reportedly being sold with a total street value of 1 million crowns. The raid occurred last week and also involved experts in copyright law on the scene. Counterfeit goods continue to pose a challenge across the Czech Republic, particularly in the field of clothing.
Petr Hlaváček is a man with a passion for shoes. The dean of Zlín’s Bata University knows the technology of shoe-making inside out. He has reconstructed shoes worn by Oetzi the Ice Man 5,000 years ago and is working on the latest technologies for shoes intended to help diabetic patients, among many other projects. So when Czech experts studied the contents of the St Maurus reliquary said to contain the remains of John the Baptist –among them a small piece of a leather sandal which may have been his – it was only natural that they should turn to