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 Mulls the Stock Exchange & Sofia Vergara's first fragranceFashionOne, December 18th
Britain based Luxury Brand Jimmy Choo famous for their attention grabbing heels is considering a listing on the London Stock Exchange. The initial public offering (IPO) is being considered by its owner the consortium Labelux Group, to raise funds to...Read more
Fine art meets footwear: Shirazeh Houshiary for Jimmy ChooTelegraph.co.uk, December 15th
Of the two, the Jimmy Choo site-specific commission is the more significant; it has taken a year to complete and is a first within the UK fashion industry. We know, for instance, about the private art collections of fashion moguls François Pinault...Read more
Jimmy Choo Confirmed as Entering FTSE 250Women's Wear Daily, December 4th
Jimmy Choo Confirmed as Entering FTSE 250. The luxury label's trading on the index will take effect Dec. 22. By Nina Jones · Print; A-A A+. content = true content.isArchiveOnly = false issuePub = false issuePub.isArchiveOnly = reviewArticle...Read more
Jimmy Choo to join FTSE 250 just weeks after flotationThe Guardian, December 3rd
Jimmy Choo, the upmarket shoe brand, is stepping into the FTSE 250 just six weeks after its £550m flotation. The company's shares – sold at 140p each in the middle of October – have soared by nearly a quarter, and now stand at 172p. It has benefited...Read more
Jimmy Choo Rumored To Be Listed In Top Group of London StocksFashion Times, December 1st
Jimmy Choo's first day of trading on the market was Oct. 17, according to WWD, with a debut share price of 1.40 pounds (about $2.19). On Monday the stock closed down 1 percent at 1.72 pounds (about $2.69). The brand's market capitalization as of Dec...Read more
Jimmy Choo: Vice is niceVOGUE India, November 30th
Greed, lust, envy… what will be your downfall this party season? If Jimmy Choo has anything to do with it, your guilty pleasures may just take on another form. We're talking about the brand's new 'Vices' collection – a line of crystal-encrusted bags...Read more
Jimmy Choo a shoo-in for FTSE 250Financial Times, November 30th
In order to go ahead, Jimmy Choo had to settle for an offer price of just 140p a share, at the bottom of a planned pricing range that initially went up to 180p. Since listing, the shares have risen more than 20 per cent and closed last week at 173.5p...Read more
Average woman's ultimate wish list includes Jimmy Choo shoes, a Dyson vacuumWestern Daily Press, November 28th
The average woman's ultimate wish list now contains items such as Jimmy Choo shoes, a Dyson vacuum cleaner and a luxury holiday to the Maldives, it has been revealed. Other items desired by women across the UK include a Pandora bracelet, Cartier ...Read more