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 (CHOO) sold almost £300 million of expensive shoes, handbags and accessories last year. That was up 6%, or 12% if you strip out currency fluctuations. Like-for-like sales, meanwhile, rose 5.7%. However, hefty finance costs and IPO fees ...Read more
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FTSE 250 movers: Jimmy Choo boosted by Barclays coverage, Synthomer lower ...Yahoo Finance UK, July 2nd
LONDON (ShareCast) - Mid-caps were trading slightly higher on Thursday, though weakness in the industrial metals, transport and technology provided a drag on gains. As of 16:00 BST, the FTSE 250 was trading 0.2% higher at 17,674. Jimmy Choo (LSE: ...Read more
Broker tips: Serco, Smiths Group, Jimmy Choo, AstraZenecaDIGITALLOOK, July 2nd
Shares in the fashion retailer Jimmy Choo rose on Thursday after Barclays initiated coverage with an 'overweight' recommendation and a price target of 208p on expectations for stronger growth than its sector peers. Barclays predicted earnings per share ...Read more
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Jimmy Choo (LON:CHOO) up 6.5%. Barclays reiterated its 'buy' rating and put a 208p target price on the shares, some 45p above its market value. Ocado (LON:OCDO) up 4.3%. Shares have been climbing since Tuesday and have shown no sign of letting up...Read more
Jimmy Choo co-founder at war with companyPage Six, June 29th
Tamara Mellon — who co-founded fashion brand Jimmy Choo before starting her own line — is now at war with the iconic designer-shoe company, alleging it is using underhanded business tactics to spike her eponymous firm's success. Mellon is threatening ...Read more
Tamara Mellon at war with Jimmy Choo due to leather 'restrictions'Daily Mail, June 23rd
The Jimmy Choo label, which has more than 125 shops around the world, is now controlled by the investment arm of the German billionaire Reimann family and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Mr Choo's niece Sandra Choi is the brands creative ...Read more
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