Christian Louboutin's first major brand expansion is a luxury beauty line set for worldwide release in late 2013.
The new venture, Christian Louboutin Beauté, is still in its infancy, and Louboutin has been reticent about which product categories he plans to explore. He will work with New York-based beauty licensee Batallure to bring the collection of products — billed as a high-end, global brand — to market. In the past, Batallure has produced fragrances for Abercrombie & Fitch and Express, among other clients.
Louboutin told WWD that his beauty assortment "has to mirror the quality of the shoes" he's been making for the past 20 years.
"Beauty products also have to do with empowering women," he said. "That's very much the job of the shoes I'm designing."