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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Sandra Choi On The Perfect ChooVogue.com, September 16th
JIMMY CHOO may be considered the go-to brand for sky-high heels, but it also has a hidden weapon according to its creative director, Sandra Choi: flats. "Everything needs to function," said Choi as we met her in the new-and-improved Jimmy Choo shop on ...Read more
Tamara Mellon - Tamara Mellon still 'proud' of Jimmy Choo designsContactmusic.com, September 15th
Tamara Mellon insists she is still proud of her work at luxury British shoes and accessories label Jimmy Choo, despite leaving the brand in 2011 and setting up her eponymous line. Tamara Mellon is still ''very proud'' of her Jimmy Choo designs...Read more
Jimmy Choo opens largest flagship store in LondonFashionUnited.co.uk, September 15th
Jimmy Choo has unveiled its largest flagship store across the world to date, located at the site of its former New Bond Street store in London. The new flagship store features the luxury shoe label's new store concept which was designed by David...Read more
Jimmy Choo named ambassador of upcoming mixed development projectThe Star Online, September 14th
STAR Development named renowned shoe designer Datuk Jimmy Choo an ambassador recently. Star Development is developed by Alpine Return Sdn Bhd, a company backed by two reputable property developers in Malaysia — Symphony Life Bhd and ...Read more
Jimmy Choo Opens flagship in LondonWomen's Wear Daily, September 14th
“For me, this is 'version one' of Jimmy Choo — the rest were prototypes,” said Pierre Denis, the brand's chief executive officer. “For me, it brings a sense of luxury — but it's not cold. And it still keeps Jimmy Choo's soft side,” he added during a...Read more
Jimmy Choo's bespoke shoe service in San FranciscoSFGate, September 11th
Kick your denim up a notch — a 120mm notch to be exact — with Jimmy Choo's recently launched Made-to-Order shoe design services. The luxury fashion house's San Francisco flagship is one of select stores globally to offer the customization option, and ...Read more
Jimmy Choo wants IPO value near $1 billionChicago Daily Herald, September 9th
Jimmy Choo, the luxury shoemaker owned by JAB Holdings, may begin its initial public offering here as soon as this month amid rising demand for designer footwear, according to people with knowledge of the situation. The company has hired Bank of ...Read more
Jimmy Choo plans $1 billion IPOFortune, September 9th
Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo, made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker's character in the HBO show Sex and the City, is looking to go public to the tune of about $1 billion. The brand, which is owned by JAB Holdings, may list an initial public offering as...Read more