The son of a shoe cobbler, Choo was immersed in the world of shoemaking from an early age.His father wanted him to follow in his footsteps and by age 11 Choo had made his first pair of shoes.
"When I first started, my father wouldn't let me make a shoe.
Instead, he said: "Sit and watch, sit and watch." For months and months, I did that." After learning from his father about the craft of shoemaking, Choo made his way to England in the early 1980s to study at the Cordwainers Technical College in Hackney, where he graduated with honors in 1983.
Tamara Mellon, OBE (née Yeardye; born 7 July 1967) is a British fashion designer, businesswoman, and magazine editor.
She is the former chief creative officer and co-founder of Jimmy Choo, a luxury brand of shoes, handbags and accessories.
Chief executive Pierre Denis said the company now plans to open between 10 and 15 stores a year, using the money raised from the stock market listing to help expand further - particularly in China, following in the footsteps of rival British luxury fashion brands Burberry and Mulberry.
Born Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat in 1961 in Penang, Malaysia.
She was Jimmy Choo‘s chief creative officer until 2011, when the brand was acquired.
She took a stab at creating her own brand of shoes, handbags and accessories in 2013, but filed for bankruptcy two years later.
Within two years of opening his shop, Choo's shoes were featured in an eight-page spread in Vogue magazine.
Soon, Choo became the darling of the celebrity world, in particular Princess Diana, who donned Choo's footwear seemingly everywhere she went.
Diana delicately matched her Jimmy Choo low-heeled slingback pumps with a shimmering blue minidress by Jacques Azagury.