Let me start by saying I LOVE MY MUM. Not only is she available for my sister and I at our every meltdown but she is always surprising us with little things she knows we love. And boy, do I love Jimmy Choo?!
Last week my Sister and I were lucky enough to have lunch with Jimmy Choo, okay, so technically it was her, and I, and Mr Choo… and about 600 other people but it was thrilling all the same.
Hosted by the beautiful Kylie Gillies in the Crown Ballroom, this really was something special. Professor Jimmy Choo spoke openly and candidly about his life and his work. In 1972, when he was just eleven years old, he created his first pair of shoes at his fathers shoemaker business in Penang. He then moved to London where he studied footwear at Cordwainers College and in 1983 he launched his first line of shoes called ‘Lucky Shoes’ that he sold from a market stall on the South Bank of London. Three years later in 1986 he opened his first Jimmy Choo Couture store in London and his clientele included Princess Diana. From then on, the wider world got to hear about him and fall in love with his collections; Vogue ran a special on him and nobody made Jimmy Choo a household name more than Carrie Bradshaw when she exclaimed “Wait, I lost my choo!”
The lunch was amazing and Professor Choo is more than a shoemaker, he was awarded an honorary “Officer of the order of the British Empire” in recognition of his services to shoe design and the fashion industry. His list of prestigious awards long, and while he sold his share in the ready-to-wear business he has re-established his couture line.
Mobbed like a rock star at the end of lunch, Professor Jimmy Choo signed every book, sole and napkin that was thrust under his nose and smiled for every photo that was taken. A true gentleman.
I am so glad Kylie asked him how much a pair of custom-made Jimmy Choos would set you back, you will be pleased to know that $5,000 ought to do it! Now if only I had a spare $5,000..
Until next time, here is a little Jimmy Choo inspo…