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 ready to answer the siren call of China's mall ownersSouth China Morning Post (subscription), May 24th
"When I joined Jimmy Choo, the business had been focusing on the development of the brand in the US and Europe. It would be fair to say that Asia was kept on hold - the thinking was that Asia was complicated, that China was too big, too complex. When I ...Read more
Jimmy Choo Teams With Brazilian Illustrator Rafael MantessoWWD, May 21st
Mantesso owns an English bull terrier called Jimmy Choo and has been sharing his illustrations of the dog in various poses. They caught the eye of Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo's creative director, who commissioned Mantesso to create a series of drawings for...Read more
Allison Williams—and Her Puppy!—Celebrate Jimmy Choo's Capsule CollectionVogue.com, May 14th
“It's not every day that an invitation is extended to both myself and my puppy,” explained Allison Williams, who co-hosted Jimmy Choo's luncheon to celebrate their pre-fall capsule collection, which features a handsome bull terrier with a fitting name...Read more
Instagram celebrity dog tapped for Jimmy Choo collectionSouth China Morning Post (subscription), May 13th
So what's the winning formula to social media stardom for your cutest furry, four-legged friend? To begin with, coin a catchy name for it. Brazilian illustrator Rafael Mantesso named his English bull terrier Jimmy Choo. His humorous juxtaposition of ...Read more
Meet the bull terrier who inspired a Jimmy Choo collectionNew York Post, May 13th
Who better to serve as the muse for Jimmy Choo's newest collaboration than a dog who goes by the same name? Brazilian artist Rafael Mantesso was commissioned by the footwear giant to provide sketches of his bull terrier, Jimmy Choo, for an upcoming ...Read more
The incredible life of Jimmy Choo founder Tamara MellonBusiness Insider, May 12th
She's so ruthless she once sued her own mother over Jimmy Choo's assets that she claimed didn't belong to her. And she ended her partnership with the company founder who's name was used for the luxury brand company, in a bitter corporate divorce...Read more
The Jimmy Choo Minny: one red-carpet shoe to rule them allThe Guardian, May 11th
Seen – just about – popping out of long gowns on the red carpet at the Golden Globes and the Oscars, it's by far the most popular of Jimmy Choo's styles worn by celebrities. Actors ranging from Diane Kruger to Julianne Moore and Jenny Slate have worn...Read more
These Were the Shoes Kate Middleton Wore to Introduce Her Baby GirlHollywood Reporter, May 6th
Sandra Choi, the creative force behind Jimmy Choo, said, "It is a tremendous honour that the Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear Jimmy Choos on this momentous occasion [of] the birth of her daughter, the Royal Princess. She looks radiant and we wish her ...Read more