Jimmy Choo is best known for his high-end hand-made exclusive shoes. They are the accessory of choice for cutting edge fashionistas and celebrities alike and create a look instantly recognized as “Jimmy Choo”.
Jimmy Choo and Moira Stewart at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show – VIP Day at the Royal Hospital in London on May 23, 2011
While dedicated fashionista fans may think they know every detail about the designer, here are some facts you may or may not have known about the shoemaker:
1. When you buy a pair of Jimmy Choos at Saks or Neiman Marcus, they may be beautiful and bear the “Jimmy Choo” label, but they are not made by Choo himself. The Malaysia-born Choo founded the brand in 1996 with British socialite Tamara Mellon, but later sold his stake in 2011. The company is now owned by Swiss-based luxury goods group Labelux.
If you want Jimmy Choos that actually have anything to do with him, you’ll have to purchase them from the Jimmy Choo Couture Limited Collection. His exclusive shoe line is available by appointment only at Connaught Street in London.
2. Jimmy Choo is known for putting his blood, sweat and tears into his shoes. One time when preparing for a Katharine Hamnett fashion show, Jimmy Choo worked non-stop for three days and nights, just sewing beads on shoes! If that’s not what you call a hard-worker then I don’t know what is!
3. It’s been said that Manolo Blahnik’s association with “Sex and the City” took him to the next level and that every time Carrie Bradshaw said “Manolo” more and more of his shoes were sold around the globe. Even Madonna referred to Manolo Blahnik shoes as being “better than sex,” but when it came to her wedding day, it was a pair of Jimmy Choos that she wore.
4. There are many celebrities that wear Jimmy Choo shoes, but one of his most famous clients was Princess Diana. He designed many pairs for her over the years–so many that he can’t remember the actual number. The day after Princess Diana died, he was scheduled to deliver a pair of just-completed gold pumps to her. Those gold pumps now sit in Choo’s closet in memory of his dear friend.
5. He made his first shoe when he was 11 years old, and may be one of the most notable students of Cordwainers Technical College in Hackney which he graduated from in 1983.