If you were fortunate enough to afford to indulge in a shoe-shopping spree in the London borough of Hackney in the late 1980s, you might have stumbled upon a brick showroom filled with thigh-high black-leather boots, multi-colored sandals, and hot-pink satin high heels produced by a Malaysian-born designer named Jimmy Choo. Though acclaimed at the time, you would have beaten the crowds to Choo’s shoes, which became red-hot in 1990 after a woman the world knew simply as Di became one of his most loyal customers.
Throughout the 1990s, Choo footwear defined women’s glamour. By 1996 he had partnered with a magazine editor to launch a chain of high-end boutiques—the opening in 1999 of Choo’s Los Angeles branch caught the eye of Hollywood starlets, giving Choo shoes their red-carpet-ready reputation.
Among Choo’s most sought-after designs are his ankle boots, including the George, whose four-inch heel supports an upper of water-snake leather, the Erica, whose carved heel measures four-and-a-half inches, and the black patent leather Chicago, which has a revealing V cutout on the side.
In addition to a plethora of caged-ankle pumps, Choo’s most prized items of footwear could be his sandals, which range from demure flats to sexy, strappy affairs with two-to-four-inch heels. The ones with gold or silver metallic sling backs are especially eye-catching, if not the most practical things to wear to the beach.
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Luxury shoe designer Jimmy Choo unveils new lineup featuring Fukushima ...The Japan Daily Press, April 22nd
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Jimmy Choo to Help Fukushima in His Own WayFashion Times, April 21st
After visiting workshops in Fukushima, Japan, Jimmy Choo became inspired to leverage traditional materials that had been used in the region for hundreds of years to not only assist the local artisans in highlighting their craft but to create six one...Read more
Haute Event: Jimmy Choo Celebrates the CHOO.08?CollectionHaute Living, April 21st
Jimmy Choo celebrated the launch of its CHOO.08? collection with a star-studded soiree in Los Angeles last week. The event, which took place at a private residence in Beverly Hills, was hosted by Jimmy Choo's Creative Director, Sandra Choi, in honor of...Read more
Jimmy Choo finds right fit with sole couture lineArab News, April 21st
FUKUSHIMA: Haute couture shoemaker Jimmy Choo says he is happy to focus on his own exclusive footwear line, amid reports the famous brand bearing his name — but with which he is no longer associated — could be set for a flotation worth $1.7 billion...Read more
Jimmy Choo boosts Japanese artisans with shoes made of Fukushima fabricsThe Guardian, April 18th
Designer Jimmy Choo has unveiled a one-off range of shoes in Japan made using materials and techniques native to the disaster-hit Fukushima area, in a bid to boost the profile of artisans there. Choo said he was inspired to make the shoes after...Read more
For Jimmy Choo brand, a new chapter begins in LALos Angeles Times, April 16th
Now, she's trying to steady the ship after years of headline-grabbing business dramas that have included the brand's estrangement from her uncle, the company's namesake founder Jimmy Choo, and a tell-all book by the company's co-founder and former ...Read more
Kate Bosworth & Camilla Belle Step Out for Jimmy Choo's CHOO.08 Launch Party!Just Jared, April 16th
Kate Bosworth and Camilla Belle take a moment to strike a pose while attending the Launch Of CHOO.08 hosted by Jimmy Choo's Sandra Choi on Tuesday evening (April 15) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 31-year-old actress and Camilla, 27, were joined at the ...Read more