Visiting Christian Louboutin’s Paris Atelier

Yesterday I had an amazing experience with Christian Louboutin, when I visited his small atelier, the famed L’Atelier Sur Mesure, on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, which is reserved for private customers and one-of-a-kind creations. It is located just a few doors from the first-ever Christian Louboutin store.

Most of the footwear is manufactured and produced at his factory in Milan, but here dreams come true as you can enjoy a made to measure service. This is haute couture for your feet. Here your measurements matter when you start a meticulous 8-step process to achieving the perfectly sculpted pair of shoes.

When you arrive at Christian Louboutin’s Paris Atelier, your Cinderella journey starts. Several key points of your feet will be measured. After that, precise, three-dimensional imprints are made by stepping into foam moulds.

You will have to choose which silhouette will be your base, for example the Kate or the Pigalle pumps, and you are then spoilt for choice, with the opportunity to customize your preferred silhouette, heel height, toe shape, desired material and other embellishments.

Three-dimensional foot casts are sculpted, that help the artisans to create the shoe’s first draft by hand in leather before other specialists sew and assemble the final product. This process takes months as these drafts undergo multiple reassessments and adjustments before reaching their final, impeccably finished state. Every shoe is ultimately approved by Christian Louboutin, himself and you as a client are allowed immense involvement in the entire process, through the sharing of ideas and expectation.

I personally experienced the craftsmanship to apply Swarovski crystals to the satin base of the shoe. It is such a difficult procedure and you appreciate the skills of the artisans even more.

Visiting the L’Atelier Sur Mesure was an incredible experience especially as I am obsessed with shoes.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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Prada’s New Shop in Zurich – VIP Opening


PRADA has finally established a commanding presence in Zurich again with a new boutique on the legendary Bahnhofstrasse; one of the most exclusive shopping enclaves in Switzerland.

The new space covers a total area of approximately 1,100 square meters over three floors and offers collections for both men and women. In design, Prada sought to combine the strength of its own heritage with a dynamic evolution of style and technology.

Borsani chairs evoke classic Italian design while a sleek black marble façade and rhythmic composition of windows harmonize with the architectural elements of the existing building. The iconic checkerboard motif is reinterpreted through the use of accentuated color schemes. Expansive video walls, green ceiling beams, floors laid with yellow and white geometric patterns and green Alpine marble accents enhance furnishings and spaces.

The ground floor is dedicated to leathergoods, accessories and women’s footwear. The first floor is exclusive to women’s collections and offers very intimate spaces for Made to Order services. The second floor, dedicated to the men’s collections and Made to Measure, is characterized by more masculine colors, furnishings and geometric elements.


Last week, PRADA hosted a private VIP opening event where guests got to explore the gorgeous store before its official party this Thursday.

Checking out the beautiful Galleria Saffiano small leather shoulder bag collection.



You can shop PRADA also online now at and net-à

Enjoy some more photos below of the amazing new shop in Zurich and stay tuned for more…

LoL, Sandraicon

Photos: Courtesy of Prada, © David Biedert Photography

Win Two Tickets to the Schild Opening Zurich


schild_3Upcoming Thursday, March 17th, at 6.30pm, Swiss company Schild will open its new five-storey department store at the Lintheschergasse 7 in Zurich with an extraordinary fashion show and cocktail party.

1000 special guests will experience window and night shopping in a new way. Brands like Hallhuber, s.Oliver, René Lezard, Mango or Navyboot will be presented by famous models like Anouk Manser and Tanja LaCroix who will perform in translucent glass cubes.

The new made-to-measure lounge for ladies so-called “Savile Row” will also celebrate its premiere that night. Customers can choose for their tailor-made outfit among 300 luxurious fabrics from well-known labels like Loro Piana, Zegna or Scabal. This service is also available for men of course.

New at Schild is the possibility to order Mango online, exclusively in Switzerland. Please visit for further information.

Great news for Sandra’s Closet’s subscribers: You have the chance to win two tickets to attend this amazing party with all the ViPs. All you have to to is send an e-mail to with the header “Schild” until Thursday morning at 10 am. The winner will be drawn randomly.
And by the way during the opening night, one of the guests will win a new Jaguar XK Convertible. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Good luck!

See you there!

LoL, Sandra