Dato’ Jimmy Choo, OBE
When you have a theme song and that song was recorded by Ashanti, you know you have made it. When people like Jay-Z and Lil’ Kim mentions your name too, there is definitely something right in what you are doing. Jimmy Choo is not your ordinary shoemaker. His name is synonymous with luxury footwear and women all around the world would do just about anything to own a pair designed by him.He was born in Penang to a shoemaker and he is now 69 years old. At the age of 11 years old, he had already crafted his very first shoe. He went to London to study and in 1983, he graduated from the London College of Fashion. Three years later, he opened his shoe shop in Hackney. His designs quickly established himself as an up-and-coming shoe designer and when British Vogue expressed desire to feature him in their publication, his career as a shoe designer took off. The magazine gave him a record 8-page spread where he featured his collection and from then on, Jimmy Choos have become the sought-after footwear of the rich and famous. From ordinary people to celebrities and even royalty, people from all walks of life desire a pair of Jimmy Choos. Even the late Princess Diana was a loyal client of his.
In the fashion world, there is definitely no Malaysian who can compare to Jimmy Choo. He is probably the most talked about Malaysian out there today. The UK has even recognised his contributions to the fashion and shoe industry by conferring him an Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Dato’ Jimmy Choo comes from a family of shoemakers in Penang. His name, Jimmy Choo, was actually misspelled on his birth certificate; Jimmy Choo was supposed to be Jimmy Chow! His company’s international recognition for its expensive and high-end handmade women’s shoes can be traced back to his father who taught Choo how to make his first shoe at the age of 11. Jimmy co-founded Jimmy Choo Ltd in 1996 but has since sold his 50% stake in the company to his co-founder, Tamara Mellon. Based in London, Jimmy Choo is currently involved in a project to set up a shoemaking institute in Malaysia.
Quotes by jimmy chooThe artist in me cries out for design.
The right shoe can make everything different.
Personal Life ; Legacy
Choo lives in London but continues to be involved with his native country of Malaysia with reported plans to set up a shoemaking institute there. He has one daughter and a son who is a television personality in Japan and the owner of ‘Mirai Inc.’.
Jimmy Choo is one of the best known and most successful businessmen to come from Malaysia, as well as one of the most recognizable fashion designers. His net worth is estimated at about $50 million.