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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Berkley Hotel Offers Jimmy Choo Tea ServiceSuperyachts.com, August 26th
To create the quirky service, the Knightsbridge hotel's pastry chefs examined Jimmy Choo's iconic shoes and accessories to see how they could marry the materials, embellishments, prints and patterns of the latest catwalk designs with a unique take on ...Read more
London hotel collaborates with Jimmy Choo for fashionable afternoon teaNew York Daily News, August 25th
Fashionistas with a sweet tooth in London may want to put The Berkeley on their agenda, as the luxury hotel has teamed up with Jimmy Choo to offer an English tea service inspired by the shoe designer. To create the edible 'Choo collection,' pastry...Read more
London hotel collaborates with Jimmy Choo for designer tea serviceThe Malaysian Insider, August 24th
The Berkeley Hotel Pret-a-Portea collection. – AFP/Relaxnews pic, August 25, 2014.Fashionistas with a sweet tooth in London may want to put The Berkeley on their agenda, as the luxury hotel has teamed up with Jimmy Choo to offer an English tea service ...Read more
Upmarket shoe retailer Jimmy Choo 'to float' on London stock marketThis is Money, August 24th
Shoemaker Jimmy Choo is one of a number of companies eyeing a stock market float in the autumn, along with RAC, BrightHouse, and Phones 4u. The Jimmy Choo brand became beloved of celebrities under the stewardship of former boss Tamara Mellon, ...Read more
Kit Harington Smolders as the Face of Jimmy Choo's First Men's FragranceInStyle, August 22nd
Regarding the actor's appeal to the brand, Jimmy Choo's creative director, Sandra Choi says,”Kit perfectly embodies the Jimmy Choo Man. He has a natural and alluring masculinity and an effortless sense of style. His cool attitude and smoldering...Read more
Jon Snow Knows Something: How To Look Damn Fine In A Fragrance AdRefinery29, August 20th
Jimmy Choo is breaking into the men's beauty game, and it's bringing everyone's favorite member of the Night's Watch along for the ride. Kit Harington has been tapped as the face of Jimmy Choo's first men's fragrance, Jimmy Choo Man. The bottle will...Read more
Harrods' Shoe Heaven: A celestial experience with Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik ...The Independent, August 13th
Notwithstanding the dedicated express elevator – the interior of which is wall-to-wall clouds – the newly installed Shoe Heaven at Harrods is not your traditional celestial experience. But for devotees who think of Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and...Read more
Jimmy Choo's TTC Clutch Is Way More Chic Than The TTCHuffington Post Canada, August 13th
The last word that comes to mind when we think of the TTC (a.ka. the Toronto Transit Commission) is glamour, but that's changing thanks to a really pretty bag. Luxury footwear label Jimmy Choo, which basically launched to stardom thanks to a little...Read more