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Who Doesn't Want a Pair of Expensive Jimmy Choo Shoes

Updated on June 9, 2013

Jimmy Choo Couture Footwear

Born Choo Yeang Keat, Jimmy Choo is a London-based fashion designer from Malaysia. Having become known for creating women's shoes by hand, he is best known for founding Jimmy Choo LTD.

Born into a shoemaker family in Penang Malaysia of Hakka Chinese descent, his surname is actually Chow which was misspelled as Choo in his birth certificate.

When he was eleven years old he created his first pair of shoes and is most likely the student most notable in Hackney, England's Cordwainers Technical College.

To help with funding his education in college, Choo revealed that he worked part time as a shoe factory cleaner and at restaurants.

His beginnings can be traced to his Hackney, North London workshop which was open-to-the-public in the year nineteen eighty-six through the rental of an old hospital bldg.

His designs and craftsmanship were soon noted and he came to the brink of notability on a global scale when a nineteen eighty-eight Vogue issue featured eight pages of his creations. In the year nineteen ninety, Princess of Wales Diana patronized his shoes which created a further boost in his image.

Along with Vogue magazine editor for accessories Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo founded Jimmy Choo LTD in nineteen ninety-six. Later, he sold his fifty percent stake for ten million BP and later worked exclusively for his line of shoes called Jimmy Choo Couture.

The London Line also known as Jimmy Choo and as Jimmy Choo Ready To Wear is under Mellon's purview as well. The line of RTW broadened to include handbags and other accessories.

In April of two thousand one, Jimmy Choo company expansions took a step forward that couples with announcing his becoming a partner with Equinox Luxury Holdings. The share of Jimmy Choo was acquired by Equinox with its executive chief becoming Jimmy Choo CEO.

In three years there were 26 new stores opened by the company aside from the 4 already in existent and a small leather goods collection and handbag collection was also introduced.

At the moment, Choo resides in London and is involved currently in a project set up as a Malaysia Shoemaking Institute where his status which is iconic is often called upon to inspire shoemakers who are just starting out and designers of fashion. Some of the most expensive shoes that are high end are produced by Jimmy Choo, LTD.

Occasionally seductive, the style of Jimmy Choo is always feminine and elegant. The shoes of Jimmy Choo Couture were something that the Princess of Wales truly patronized, who would buy 1 style in many colors for wearing in the evenings to coordinate with her suits for daytime.

Princess Diana's Jimmy Choo shoes purchases have since been too many to count and she would be seen frequently in his high heel delicate designs, a style she was unable to wear when strolling with her husband who was shorter than she was.

At the moment there is no longer an association between Jimmy Choo Ready to Wear house and Jimmy Choo. Rather, his efforts are concentrated on Jimmy Choo Couture Footwear.


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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Those are the prettiest shoes I've ever seen!!! Although I haven't worn heals since I started dating my husband (I don't want to be taller than him and he's got only 2 inches on me ^_^) I'll have to do a google search for Choo's collection and see what kind of flats he designs. Wonderful article voted up!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      I have never actually owned a pair of Jimmy Choo Shoes, but do agree his shoes are pretty much to die. I just can't seem to justify the price tag, but have quite enjoyed watching celebrities wear them including Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex in the City. Very interesting and informative article about the designer Jimmy Choo though and have voted and shared!!