christian louboutin's red sole trophies have been available at select stores across down under for quite some time. the luxury cobbler has had his own boutique in sydney since 2010, but with luxury sales steadily increasing in this part of the world, expansion to melbourne seemed the logical next step. so, last week saw the opening of the cobbler's boutique on – yes, where else? – the city's prime luxury shopping strip that is collins street. situated on the ground floor of a historic 19th-century building with triple storey terraces by architect james gall, the retail space measures 70 sqm. [754 sq.ft.] and features a lavish interior designed by monsieur louboutin in collab with new york-based design practice 212box. although the setting includes signature elements, notably the pigeon hole display wall, the design concept features a number of site-specific elements and furnishings as well. the new christian louboutin boutique carries both the women's and men's collections of shoes, bags and small leather goods. location: 88 collins street [cbd].