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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Jimmy Choo seeking IPO in London
USA TODAY, September 23rd

Shoemaker Jimmy Choo Ltd. said Tuesday it plans to sell shares in an initial public offering and trade on the London Stock Exchange. With key executives based in London, the 18-year old company had about $462 million in sales worldwide last year...Read more

Jimmy Choo Takes a Shaky Stiletto Walk Down Wall Street
Businessweek, September 23rd

Jimmy Choo, a line of fancy footwear favored by Beyoncé, Kate Middleton, and Sex & the City's Carrie Bradshaw, believes its business is enough of a stunner to sell stock to public investors in London. It would be the first high-end fashion house to...Read more

Jimmy Choo aims to be first luxury shoemaker with an IPO
CBS News, September 23rd

Jimmy Choo has come a long way since becoming a cultural touchstone on HBO's "Sex and the City." The luxury footwear brand has grown into a global shoe empire since its first store opened in 1996. Now it's taking the high-end business to another type...Read more

Jimmy Choo plots expansion on heels of London listing
New York Post, September 23rd

Carrie Bradshaw's addiction to designer shoes is paying off for Jimmy Choo. The luxury shoemaker — a favorite of Sarah Jessica Parker's character on “Sex and the City” — said on Tuesday it plans to list at least a quarter of its shares on the London...Read more

Shoemaker Jimmy Choo to List Shares in London
ABC News, September 23rd

Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo has announced its intention to float its shares in London next month as part of an expansion drive, particularly in China. The designer label said Tuesday it plans to list at least a quarter of its shares on the London Stock ...Read more

Jimmy Choo announces October IPO for London
Fortune, September 23rd

Jimmy Choo's original owners, the one-time Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon and Malaysian-born designer Choo himself, have long been replaced by less glamorous but more financially savvy figures from the luxury goods industry. (Its current chief ...Read more

Jimmy Choo, Luxury Shoe Brand, to List Shares in London
New York Times, September 23rd

Jimmy Choo stands out for its canny product mix that balances out-there stilettos, platforms and other statement-making shoes for women with a basics line entitled 24 Hours. Prices range from $525 for flat shoes to $1,595 for high boots on Net-a-Porter...Read more

Jimmy Choo Plans to List Shares in London
Wall Street Journal, September 23rd

No new shares will be issued in the IPO, which will allow Jimmy Choo's current owner JAB Luxury, the luxury-goods arm of Joh. A. Benckiser, to sell part of its holding. The IPO could value Jimmy Choo at around £700 million, according to a person...Read more