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 on a high amid disappointing 2Q sales at Inter ParfumsGlobalCosmeticsNews (press release), July 27th
Jean Madar, Chairman and CEO of Inter Parfums, commented: “In dollars, Jimmy Choo brand sales increased 30 percent in the period. We are very excited for the upcoming August launch of Jimmy Choo Illicit, which promises to build on the strong results ...Read more
Jimmy Choo helps celebrate UK and its alumniThe PIE News, July 22nd
Prestigious UK alumnus, shoe designer Jimmy Choo, explained why he felt the UK was a “quality” study destination last week at an event organised by the British Council to celebrate the first cohort of winners of the Education UK alumni awards. Jimmy...Read more
Want high tops with high impact? Check out Jimmy Choo's new ArgylesGQ.com, July 21st
Having honed its craft creating some of the most covetable women's shoes around, it's hardly surprising that Jimmy Choo consistently knocks it out of the park now it's verged into men's footwear. The label's USP? It's ability to take something simple...Read more
Jimmy Choo's niece Lucy Choi set to open her first shoe boutiqueEvening Standard, July 16th
The entrepreneurial niece of shoe tycoon Jimmy Choo is following in his footsteps and planning a flurry of UK shops. Lucy Choi, whose footwear has been spotted on Girls Aloud members Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, is to open her first ...Read more
Inside the war between Jimmy Choo and its co-founderPage Six, July 13th
Mellon, who launched Jimmy Choo with the bespoke shoemaker and helped build it into a global empire, received a reported $135 million when she cashed out in 2011 and started her own eponymous brand featuring shoes, accessories and clothing in 2013 ...Read more
The Great Shoe ChallengeVogue.co.uk, July 6th
WHAT'S the highest heel you think you can walk in? If you're up for the challenge then 145mm (with a platform) is the lofty heights that Jimmy Choo offers and Sandra Choi, creative director of the brand since 2013, thinks that four hours is probably...Read more
Jimmy Choo co-founder has faced sexismPage Six, July 2nd
“Even after selling Jimmy Choo for $850 million, I was still being spoken to as, 'Well, dear, to run a business you have to do this,' ” Mellon says in an Avenue profile. Her advice: “Just to be able to speak up. And move swifter on decisions . . . As a...Read more
Jimmy Choo co-founder at war with companyPage Six, June 29th
“Jimmy Choo has approached individual key suppliers directly and put pressure on them not to do business with [Tamara Mellon],” the letter states. It adds that in 2013, after the launch of Mellon's company, Choo executives held a meeting with several...Read more