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 reveals Autumn/Winter 2014 handbag collectionhandbag.com, July 21st
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Tamara Mellon: 'Money? Pah. What working women need is a sense of their own ...Telegraph.co.uk, July 21st
Tamara during her Jimmy Choo days. Photo: Rex. To really lean in, I first had to get off the floor. That meant giving up any hopes that an international rescue team was going to swoop in and change my working environment for me. The change, I realised...Read more
Jimmy Choo launches virtual showroomFashionUnited.co.uk, July 15th
Luxury footwear label Jimmy Choo has launched a virtual showroom that allows customers to view and pre-order its autumn/winter 2014 collection before it is available in stores. Utilising technology developed by UK start-up Avenue Imperial, which...Read more
Jimmy Choo offers purchases via virtual showroomThe Drum, July 11th
In collaboration with UK start-up Avenue Imperial, which creates interactive indoor tours of physical retail spaces, the virtual retail or 'V-tail' technology is designed to help Jimmy Choo bring to life the AW14 presentation it made to press and...Read more
Jimmy Choo's Made-to-OrderNational Retail Federation (press release), July 7th
Shoe aficionados select between four styles of the iconic Jimmy Choo shoe collection: Anouk pointy-toe pump; Lance strappy sandal; Tite sling-back kitten heel; or Xenia high-heeled sandal. Shoppers can pick the heel height and select from a bevy of ...Read more
Jimmy Choo coming to PerthThe West Australian, July 5th
It shot to worldwide fame when Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw "lost her Choo", a pair of extravagantly feathered Jimmy Choo heels, on an episode of Sex and the City in 1998. Choo sold his share of the business for a reported Â£10...Read more
Jon Snow for Jimmy Choo: Kit Harington is 'Man of the Nice Watch' as ...The Independent, July 2nd
Harington is also the face of Jimmy Choo's new men's fragrance. Giving fans a rare glimpse of his sensual side, the bastard son of Eddard 'Ned' Stark can be seen caressing a model's leg as he adorns himself with the scent – a smell he helpfully...Read more
JAB Takes Control of Jimmy Choo-Owner Labelux as CEO Steps DownBloomberg, June 30th
Labelux, which bought Jimmy Choo in 2011 for more than 500 million pounds ($855 million), earlier this year held preliminary meetings about a possible sale of a stake of the shoemaker via an initial public offering, a person familiar with the matter...Read more