Graduated from Cordwainers Technical College in Hackney, England in 1983, Jimmy Choo created a name internationally by producing gorgeous handmade women’s shoes that captivated high profile patrons such as the late Princess Diana. He was born in Penang, Malaysia in the year 1961, is of Chinese descent. Before his the label became a household name, he struggled for a couple of years working hard to grow his shoe business in London. He was granted the title of Datuk by the Sultan of Pahang and Dato’ by the Yang di-Pertua Pulau Pinang for his achievements in the fashion industry. The first Malaysian to be conferred the Order of the British Empire (OBE), his hands were shivering with joy when he received the notice from Queen Elizabeth II.
He broke up the partnership with Tamara Yeardye Mellon of the large scale shoe business they started, Jimmy Choo Ltd which did very well. Datuk Jimmy learned the art of shoe making from his father who owned a shop in Georgetown, Penang when he was a kid. He prefers the old-fashioned way of hand making customized shoes for his clients to mass production full scale business. Now the ready-to-wear Jimmy Choo line is under the purview of Tamara Mellon, while Jimmy Choo himself owns a couture shop at central London offering exclusive footwear service.
The Jimmy Choo Bridal Boutique
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4″ Platform sandal in striking glitter fabric: €495.00
3.9″ Glitter fabric peep toe heels: €375.00
4″ Exquisite champagne glitter fabric platform peep toe pumps: €525.00
Jimmy Choo handmade the wedding shoes for Malaysian supermodel Amber Chia when she tied the knot with Adrian Wong. The shoes which were accented with Rafflesia ornaments, cost RM250,000. He created a pair of classic sharp, pointed shoes with slim heels for Amber as she has dainty and slim feet. The pearls and diamonds on them were creation of Winnie Sin.
|Left: Reese Witherspoon‘s wedding shoes
Right: Angie Lim, Amber Chia, Jimmy Choo, Winnie Sin and Keith Kee
Reese wore the elegant 4″ silk satin platform “Macy” sandal adorned with a Swarovski crystal
buckle when she was hitched by talent agent, Jim Toth. Price: €495.00.
Jimmy Choo Store – Iconic Luxury lifestyle Brand
Add: Lot G43, Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre 50088
Tel: + 603 2300 7788
Jimmy Choo – Office
Add: 169 Draycott Ave., London SW3 3AJ, England.
References: http://en.wikipedia.or, jimmychoo.com, amberchia.com, usahawan.com, notablebiographies.com