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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2015 Jimmy Choo Cruise Collection event benefits Rady Children's HospitalRancho Santa Fe Review, November 18th
Attendees had the opportunity to “discover the 2015 Jimmy Choo Cruise Collection” at an event held Nov. 12 by Jimmy Choo and Shaunna Salzetti Kahn, chair of the RSF Unit of Rady Children's Hospital. The event was held at Salzetti Kahn's RSF home and ...Read more
Happy Birthday, Jimmy Choo! See 100 Celebrities Wearing His DesignsInStyle, November 15th
Happy birthday, Jimmy Choo! The British shoe designer turns 62 today. He was born in Malaysia into a shoemaking family and quickly acquired his skills at a young age. In 1996, Choo co-founded his luxury brand with accessories editor Tamara Mellon...Read more
The Jimmy Choo Sample Sale Is Now Open to the PublicRacked NY, November 13th
Sure, the Christian Louboutin sample sale is still invite-only, but the sneaky Jimmy Choo sample sale that started yesterday for VIPs is now open to the public at Metropolitan Pavilion. A sales associate told us that merchandise has been restocked from ...Read more
Jimmy Choo Cruise 2015 collection now availableThe National (blog), November 9th
For those of you already daydreaming about Summer, we have some exciting news. Jimmy Choo's limited edition capsule collection for Cruise 2015, titled Vices, is now available at The Dubai Mall. The collection consists of diamond, ruby, sapphire...Read more
Jimmy Choo is relocating its Madison Ave. flagshipNew York Daily News, November 7th
International luxury footwear mogul Jimmy Choo has inked a deal to relocate his brand's glitzy Madison Ave. flagship store. Choo, whose shoes have been worn by Hollywood stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Kate Winslet, will move to a new location at 699 ...Read more
Jimmy Choo's Shoemaking World & BeyondJakarta Post, October 31st
Since his emergence almost 30 years ago, renowned shoe designer Jimmy Choo has taken the world of fashion by storm. His exquisite handmade shoes have been worn by some of the world's most famous names — from Lady Diana to actresses Julia ...Read more
Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi is inspired by London walksSouth China Morning Post (subscription), October 31st
Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo's creative director, only discovered this garden nursery a year ago, when the luxury shoe brand hosted a dinner there. It transpires Choi has green fingers, exercised in her tiny garden plot across the Thames in Battersea, and...Read more
Talking Gems & Guilty Pleasures With Jimmy Choo's Creative DirectorStyle.com, October 30th
There is no need to introduce Jimmy Choo, the iconic shoe brand adored by foxy ladies internationally. The London-based company, founded in the '90s by its namesake Malaysian shoe designer and Tamara Mellon (both no longer involved), has carved ...Read more