Jimmy Choo Crack Up?

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Jimmy Choo black suede cutout tie slingbacks   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, this inside the baseball story from the Jossip, it is the old news to the Manolo, but you may find it interesting if you like to read about the travails of the shoe industry.

Four-inch heels are kickin’ (if not flyin’ across the boardroom) over at Jimmy Choo. The shoe company famous for its stifled in-fighting is making good on its rep.

At the center of the dolled-up drama is Choo’s polished head designer, Sandra Choi (niece of the original Jimmy Choo, who ducked out of the company in 1996). Except, well, you might not know of Sandra’s efforts at all, given corporate chief Tamara Mellon claims that it is she who’s the the chief designer — and entirely responsible for the collections Choo spits out.

Sure, Tamara.

And the story it gets worse from here.

This sort of the thing it depresses the Manolo. He just loves the shoes of the Choo, not the shoe industry bickering.


10 Responses to “Jimmy Choo Crack Up?”

  1. vicky Says:

    So, anyone have any idea if Sandra Choi is staying or going? Of course, the more the public finds out about this the better chance we have of keeping the shoes the same.

    Manolo you said this is old news, where else can we find more info?

  2. louise Says:

    sounds like a freakin company – who is lion capital? though tamara owned it?

  3. Texasexile Says:

    Vicky, some of this info was included in an article in Vanity Fair last year. I believe it was the October issue. This article was essientially a profile of Tamara Mellon, but it also included information regarding the company’s backstory, the abdication of Jimmy Choo (read takeover), buyouts and the continuing in fighting.

  4. hydrogeek Says:

    Manolo –
    I’m sure by now you will have been sent this link one hundred times over, but I wanted to make sure you have seen the Fug Girls latest entry. I know you will appreciate the respect they have shown the Hasselhoff!


  5. lk Says:

    and in recent developments, did you hear about Miss Mellon & Kid Rock??

  6. vicki Says:

    Texasexile, thanks for info on VF article. i found it and read it very interesting also noticed there was nothing bad about jimmy choo in it and it was just a Public Relations piece, nevertheless it was intereseting.

    i think all of this pressure has made stuff come out but i just read on another site that they are now going to do a shoe line called “sandra choi for jimmy choo” bet she gets commissions on everthing that sales since her name is on it

  7. ZOE Says:

    Jimmy Choo shoes are not even half as beautiful as Manolos! Manolos will be here long after all the “Choo” bickering. Ms Mellon sounds like she is acting like a spoiled brat!
    In the meanwhile I would rather support Manolos…owning about 600 pairs I am proud to slip those “puppies” on. YOU “GO” Manolo.

  8. iluvgeeks Says:

    You are all silly. Not everyone is rich enough to afford a $300 pair of heels, let alone a $50 pair! The Jimmy Choo company still thrives because of rich celebrities feeding their profits really. Think about it, if each pair was $200, 20 pairs would be $4000….. I have seen the shoes, and they’re not that great. In fact, I only liked one pair because of its design, the colour was disgusting. Gosh, and I thought $40 shoes were expensive O.o….

  9. iluvfashion Says:

    So we are now in late September 2006 and if the jimmychoo.com site is to be believed, Sandra Choi is very much creative director.

    does this mean she got paid what she deserved?

    and how’s Tamara taking it?

    of course, you get to see her pics on the opening pages of the site shooting the famous campaign with Quincy Jones.

  10. Pietro Says:

    Please, can you PM me and tell me few more thinks about this, I am really fan of your blog…

Disclaimer: Manolo the Shoeblogger is not Manolo Blahnik
Copyright © 2004-2009; Manolo the Shoeblogger, All Rights Reserved

Manolo Blahnik Says
"Manolo the Shoeblogger?
Sorry, not me. But it’s very
funny, isn’t it? Hilarious!”

Manolo Recommends

Free Overnight Shipping at Endless.com

Shop Shoes.com

NORDSTROM.com - Shop Boots Under $100

Saks Fifth Avenue

Net-a-Porter US


"The King of the Fashion Blogosphere" ~ Linda Grant

Disclaimer: Manolo the Shoeblogger is not Mr. Manolo Blahnik. This website is not affiliated in any way with Mr. Manolo Blahnik, any products bearing the federally registered trademarks MANOlO®, BlAHNIK® or MANOlO BlAHNIK®, or any licensee of said federally registered trademarks. The views expressed on this website are solely those of the author.

Follow the Manolo on TwitterBefriend the Manolo on Facebook!


  • Abel Munoz
  • Alber Elbaz
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Anne Klein
  • Aquatalia
  • Ask Miss Plumcake
  • Ayyyyy!
  • Bad Fashion
  • Balenciaga
  • Bargains
  • Be Super Fantastic
  • Bernardo
  • Betsey Johnson
  • Beverly Feldman
  • Bloch London
  • Books
  • Boots
  • Botkier
  • Brian Atwood
  • Bruno Magli
  • Build the Outfit
  • Burberry
  • Camper
  • Carmen Steffens
  • Carnivale of Couture
  • Carolina Herrera
  • Celebrity
  • Chanel
  • Christian Dior
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Cinema
  • Clothing
  • Coach
  • Cojo
  • Cole Haan
  • Consolation of the Shoes
  • Crocs
  • Culture
  • Cynthia Rowley
  • Delman
  • Diane von Furstenberg
  • Doings of Manolo!
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Donald J. Pliner
  • Donna Karan
  • Due Farina
  • El Dantes
  • Elie Tahari
  • Fab Four
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Designers
  • Fashion History
  • Fit Notes
  • Flats
  • FN Shoe Star
  • Forums
  • Franco Sarto
  • Frye
  • Giambattista Valli
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Giuseppe Zanotti
  • Gucci
  • Handbags
  • Hasselhoff!
  • Horrors
  • How To
  • Is It a Shoe?
  • Isaac Mizrahi
  • Jerome C. Rousseau
  • Jewlery
  • Jil Sander
  • Jimmy Choo
  • John Galliano
  • Jonathan Kelsey
  • JP Tod's
  • Kate Spade
  • Kenneth Cole
  • La Canadienne
  • Liam Fahy
  • Lin Yu Chun
  • Loeffler Randall
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Malene Birger
  • Manolo Blahnik
  • Manolo's Internet Friends
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Media
  • Men's Shoes
  • Michael Kors
  • Miss Plumcake
  • Missoni
  • Miu Miu
  • Miuccia Prada
  • Moschino
  • Music
  • Nicolas Ghesquiere
  • Nicole Brundage
  • Nicole Miller
  • Oscar de la Renta
  • Pedro Garcia
  • Platforms
  • Pour La Victoire
  • Prada
  • Project Runway
  • Pucci
  • Pumps/Court Shoes
  • Pure Evil
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Rebecca Taylor
  • Reed Krakoff
  • Rene Caovilla
  • Robert Clergerie
  • Roberto Cavalli
  • Roger Vivier
  • Rupert Sanderson
  • Salvatore Ferragamo
  • Sandals
  • Sergio Rossi
  • Shoe Personalities
  • Shoemaker Saturday
  • Shoes
  • Sigerson Morrison
  • Sneakers
  • Stella McCartney
  • Stuart Weitzman
  • Tabitha Stevens
  • Taryn Rose
  • Television
  • Thakoon
  • The Manolosphere
  • Tory Burch
  • Trends
  • Ugg
  • Uncategorized
  • Valentino
  • Vera Wang
  • Versace
  • Via Spiga
  • Wedges
  • What the Manolo Is…
  • Whose Shoes Wednesday
  • Will's Fancy
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Zac Posen