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 seeking IPO in LondonUSA TODAY, September 23rd
Shoemaker Jimmy Choo Ltd. said Tuesday it plans to sell shares in an initial public offering and trade on the London Stock Exchange. With key executives based in London, the 18-year old company had about $462 million in sales worldwide last year...Read more
Jimmy Choo Takes a Shaky Stiletto Walk Down Wall StreetBusinessweek, September 23rd
Jimmy Choo, a line of fancy footwear favored by Beyoncé, Kate Middleton, and Sex & the City's Carrie Bradshaw, believes its business is enough of a stunner to sell stock to public investors in London. It would be the first high-end fashion house to...Read more
Jimmy Choo aims to be first luxury shoemaker with an IPOCBS News, September 23rd
Jimmy Choo has come a long way since becoming a cultural touchstone on HBO's "Sex and the City." The luxury footwear brand has grown into a global shoe empire since its first store opened in 1996. Now it's taking the high-end business to another type...Read more
Jimmy Choo plots expansion on heels of London listingNew York Post, September 23rd
Carrie Bradshaw's addiction to designer shoes is paying off for Jimmy Choo. The luxury shoemaker — a favorite of Sarah Jessica Parker's character on “Sex and the City” — said on Tuesday it plans to list at least a quarter of its shares on the London...Read more
Shoemaker Jimmy Choo to List Shares in LondonABC News, September 23rd
Luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo has announced its intention to float its shares in London next month as part of an expansion drive, particularly in China. The designer label said Tuesday it plans to list at least a quarter of its shares on the London Stock ...Read more
Jimmy Choo announces October IPO for LondonFortune, September 23rd
Jimmy Choo's original owners, the one-time Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon and Malaysian-born designer Choo himself, have long been replaced by less glamorous but more financially savvy figures from the luxury goods industry. (Its current chief ...Read more
Jimmy Choo, Luxury Shoe Brand, to List Shares in LondonNew York Times, September 23rd
Jimmy Choo stands out for its canny product mix that balances out-there stilettos, platforms and other statement-making shoes for women with a basics line entitled 24 Hours. Prices range from $525 for flat shoes to $1,595 for high boots on Net-a-Porter...Read more
Jimmy Choo Plans to List Shares in LondonWall Street Journal, September 23rd
No new shares will be issued in the IPO, which will allow Jimmy Choo's current owner JAB Luxury, the luxury-goods arm of Joh. A. Benckiser, to sell part of its holding. The IPO could value Jimmy Choo at around £700 million, according to a person...Read more