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Backstabbing and bitchery dominate this tale of woe from fashion journalist Crowe and Rosen, head of the Luxury & Retail division of Reig Capital Group. Dreary writing hobbles what could have been an inspiring portrait of Jimmy Choo's rise from his humble origins (Choo started making shoes at age nine in Malaysia) to the company's astonishing success and sale for $333 million in 2007. The story primarily follows Tamara Mellon, a socialite who convinced Choo to mass-produce his shoes, finally becoming president of the company. Despite an intriguing picture of the luxury trade in '90s London, where the supply of sexy shoes was almost monopolistically controlled by Manolo Blahnik, the details of the corporate in-fighting becomes repetitive and dull; by the time Jimmy becomes dissatisfied with the partnership and Tamara Mellon goes through an ugly divorce, readers are unlikely to care. It turns out that high fashion loses a great deal of its glamour when you examine the business nitty-gritty rather than the glitz. (Apr.)
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*Starred Review* As the world economy continues to reel, one burning question prompted by journalist Crowe and financial analyst de Rosen’s riveting history of the ups and downs—and ups again—of the Jimmy Choo brand: Will there continue to be a market for high-end luxury goods? The answer is a toss-up among today’s pundits. Then again, so is the response to the question posed first by the authors: Does Jimmy Choo represent a new business model for luxury brands—or was it simply in the right place at the right time? There is something Sex and the City–like about Jimmy Choo’s rise to fashionista prominence: it’s the tale of many machinations, many different owners (three in less than one decade), and clashes of outsized personalities, incuding Jimmy Choo (yes, he exists!), the Malaysian shoemaking talent; Tamara Mellon, the celebrity president (and her parents); Matthew Mellon, her former husband and an American banking scion–cum–party guy; and Robert Bensoussan, a farsighted CEO and entrepreneur—among dozens of other celebrities and characters. A fascinating, well-written chronology that draws a chillingly accurate behind-the-scenes portrait of a contemporary fashion brand. --Barbara JacobsSee all Editorial Reviews
The Jimmy Choo Story: Power, Profits and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe is almost aptly titled. The first two – power and profits – are abundant, but the pursuit of the perfect... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Martina A. Nicolls
Ah, ...the rich. How they live, and how they are soaked like WalMart junkies by brand names catering to their supposed uppity shopping choices. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Momma bear
This fascinating, detailed account from co-authors Lauren Goldstein Crowe and Sagra Maceira de Rosen gives you far more than just a rat-a-tat tale of the rise of Jimmy Choo (the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Andy Orrock
It was so boring in parts...it seemed as if the author kept repeating herself. I read a review on my Shopaholic's Daily Calendar and thought it sounded interesting, but I was... Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Adriana Stewart
I really enjoyed this book about luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo. It's perfect for anyone who is interested in the business of fashion, or for anyone who loves her Choos. Read morePublished on November 19, 2012 by Jordan Phillips
Interesting, sometimes racy, history of the birth of shoe company Jimmy Choo and the power behind it, Tamara Mellon. Power, Sex, Glamour and Back-Stabbing on the way to the top.Published on November 13, 2012 by DaisyMunchkin
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As a shoe lover of course I've heard of the fabulous Jimmy Choo luxury brand with it's expensi8ve price tags gracing the feet of those with seemingly cash to burn. Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by Anna Hope
I must say, I did learn a lot from this book. I don't know a lot about the fashion world if it does not come from America's Next Top Model, so the history in this book was a nice... Read morePublished on September 17, 2010 by Jessica L. Lawrence