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: You can't stop meTV3.ie, March 6th
The footwear designer sold his stake in his eponymous company in 2001, leaving co-founder Tamara Mellon in charge. She has since also departed. Despite no longer working directly with his line, Jimmy's passion for creating is still strong. He is now ...Read more
Jimmy Choo Celebrates International Women's DayIndia Today, March 6th
British luxury lifestyle brand Jimmy Choo hosted a glamorous cocktail event to celebrate the International Women's Day at Asilo, the stylish rooftop restaurant & lounge on the 40th floor at The Palladium Hotel. Overlooking the sunset, guests discovered...Read more
What Jimmy Choo Did NextVogue.com, March 6th
WELL-HEELED women the world over adore Jimmy Choo, and with good reason. Although he has left his eponymous label now far behind him (the Malayasian designer departed his brand in the hands of Tamara Mellon in 2001), his love affair with shoes is ...Read more
Perizaad Zorabian attends Jimmy Choo's celebration of International Women's ...Times of India, March 5th
Global luxury accessory brand Jimmy Choo celebrated International Women's Day with a cocktail evening at Asilo Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge at The Palladium Hotel. Celebrating strong, gorgeous women, the ever-fashionable Michelle Poonawalla hosted ...Read more
Jimmy Choo's Choo.08° Collection Introduces Biker Boots and TrainersBustle, March 3rd
Didn't exactly think your next trip to a Choo store would include being greeted with biker boots, slip-on skater shoes in matte black python or antique brushed gold leather, flat tuxedo pumps with a pointy toe, rocker boots with straps and snake...Read more
Jimmy Choo Sunglasses: Carrera CollectionBoldSky, February 28th
The bold and celebrated spirit of Carrera meets the glamour and fashion style of Jimmy Choo creating a high octane collection of sunglasses for eye-catching effect. Carrera's latest best-seller, the Carrera 6000, with its unique shaped temples and...Read more
Jimmy Choo launches 'cosy' line of flat shoesIrish Independent, February 21st
The company is growing bigger and stronger, and the power of the brand is allowing us to do new things," Jimmy Choo's creative director Sandra Choi explained to WWD. The name of the collection has taken its title from the longitudinal position of the...Read more
Lorde Talks Style Intentions And Jimmy Choo In The March Issue Of 'Vogue'MTV.com, February 20th
She also has a dog named Jimmy Choo, which isn't just a clue to her footwear preference (besides the beloved brick-soled boots, obvi), but also a pretty great pun (chew, get it?!). To read more about Lorde, her heroes, and her onstage "Gollum" dance...Read more