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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Meet the Shoe MakerStuff.co.nz, December 7th
Of course, that might mean missing out on meeting Jimmy Choo, who she dined with recently at an event in Malaysia (she wore a stacked heel with gold embroidery on the back and a red Juliette Hogan dress and answered the Shoe God's questions about ...Read more
Tamara Mellon's 'Sweet Revenge': Ex-Jimmy Choo boss launches own range ...Daily Mail, December 6th
Her creations became a hit with A-listers, including Victoria Beckham and Princess Diana, and in 1998 a pair made their way into the script of Sex And The City - turning Jimmy Choo into a household name overnight. However, it was Mr Choo who went on to ...Read more
Jimmy Choo: Shoe is ArtAstro Awani, December 1st
A shoe is an art and to make an exquisite piece of shoe, one needs skills, said famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo. Choo said making shoes is a skill that he learnt from his father and later passed on to his sons. He added that shoe-making is an...Read more
Jimmy Choo's Tamara Mellon: Hell in high heelsOttawa Citizen, November 28th
When Tamara Mellon exited Jimmy Choo — the luxury shoe company she co-founded in London — after 15 years in 2011, the parting with Labelux (the brand's new private-equity group owner) was less than amicable. She was offered “large sums of money” ...Read more
Pleased to meet Choo: Fergie mixes with shoe designer in directors' box as ...Daily Mail, November 24th
How delightfully surreal a directors' box can be. There was Jimmy Choo, the famous shoe designer, Vincent Tan, the infamous designer of Cardiff City's kit and Sir Alex Ferguson, Banquo's mischievous ghost causing trouble at Manchester United's dinner ...Read more
Jimmy Choo Fetes Cruise Collection at No. 8Women's Wear Daily, November 15th
8 on Thursday night, Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi toasted her 2014 cruise collection, which was inspired by cocktails. “I love the ice sculpture situation in the entrance. It's insane,” gushed Harley Viera-Newton, the DJ for the night. The...Read more
The brand's new creative director celebrated her first collection with ...W Magazine (blog), November 15th
What: A night of exotic intoxicants with the new Jimmy Choo Creative Director Sandra Choi to toast the launch of her cocktail inspired 2014 Cruise Collection. When: Thursday, November 14th. Where: Downtown hot-spot No. 8, where the palm tree decor put ...Read more
Mellon memoir sticks the Jimmy Choo boot inFinancial Times, November 13th
Tamara Mellon's life combines the hallmarks of Greek tragedy, Dynasty-style soap opera and the modern fairy tale of a career woman who longed to have it all. Few stones are left unturned in the autobiography of the creative visionary behind Jimmy Choo, ...Read more