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's awards show specialSunday World, March 30th
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In Her Shoes: A Chat With Jimmy Choo's Creative DirectorHollywood Reporter, March 27th
Choi has worked with the iconic footwear company since her late teens (Jimmy Choo is her uncle), and she's played a pivotal role in it's resurgence over the last few years, breathing new life into the brand with new women's styles, trainers and even a...Read more
Leighton Mesteer is the star of a stylish new shoot with Jimmy ChooDaily Mail, March 27th
Here Leighton Mesteer is giving us some serious new season style inspiration as she stuns in this Jimmy Choo campaign. We love all the shots, but this one might be our fave. The striped co-ord set has been expertly teamed with a pair of clashing caged ...Read more
An Interesting Theory About the Shoe Bubble, Courtesy of Jimmy ChooNew York Times (blog), March 27th
Though what really struck me in our conversation, besides the fact that Japan is now Jimmy Choo's second-largest global market, after the United States and replacing Britain, was his theory about why the shoe bubble happened in the first place. Yes, he...Read more
Leighton Meester's Jimmy Choo Style Diary: Stars In Stylish CampaignHollywood Life, March 25th
Actress, singer, and now, model? Leighton Meester, 28, has just landed a major style diary with Jimmy Choo to show off their new Spring/Summer 2015 collection, and these killer accessories are not for the faint hearted. Click below to get the details...Read more
Jimmy Choo's Capsule Collection Stars an English Bull TerrierHollywood Reporter, March 25th
Jimmy Choo Co-Founder Tamara Mellon Says She's Engaged to Michael OvitzHollywood Reporter, March 15th
Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon and Michael Ovitz are engaged. Designer Mellon told the U.K.'s Hello! magazine that the CAA co-founder and former Walt Disney Co. president asked for her hand in marriage after they'd been together for four years...Read more
Jimmy Choo perfects glass slippers made for a princessNew York Post, March 10th
Former Alexa cover girl Lily James — who plays the rags-to-riches heroine — stunned in Jimmy Choo's crystal-embellished interpretation at the film's world premiere in Berlin. The decked-out pumps, available for custom order at Saks Fifth Avenue, will...Read more