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The Towering World of Jimmy Choo: A Glamorous Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe Hardcover – April 28, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596913916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596913912
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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 Jacobs

More About the Author

Lauren Goldstein Crowe has written about the fashion industry for the last 10 years. She was most recently the writer of Fashion Inc., a daily online column about the fashion and luxury goods industries for Conde Nast Portfolio. Her first book, The Towering World of Jimmy Choo, was published by Bloomsbury in April 2009. She is currently at work on her second, a profile of the fashion muse Isabella Blow that will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2010. Previously she was a Senior Writer at Time magazine in London. At Time Lauren wrote two cover stories: The Guys From Gucci was a detailed look at how Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole turned around the ailing fashion house and made it one of the industry's great success stories. The story also marked the first time that Ford and De Sole had ever been photographed together and it was the first time that a fashion CEO appeared on the cover of Time. Ralph's European Invasion detailed the plans of America's largest fashion designer, Ralph Lauren, for building his business in Europe. She also conceived and launched Time's first-ever fashion supplement, Time Style + Design. Now produced in New York, Style + Design comes out five times a year and reaches an audience of over two million readers. In June 2003, Lauren won Time Inc.'s highest honor, The President's Award, for her work on the special. Prior to Time, Lauren was a writer at Fortune magazine in New York where she covered fashion and luxury goods. She came to Fortune from Fairchild Publication's DNR, a weekly trade paper covering men's fashion, where she served as the European Collections Editor. Lauren has written freelance articles in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines including Paris Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times, British Vogue, the Financial Times and the Times. She has appeared as a fashion expert on CNN and Bloomberg Television and has been interviewed for numerous radio programs in the US and the UK, including the BBC World Service. Lauren has a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and undergraduate degrees in English and History from the University of Wisconsin--Madison. Lauren is American and has lived in London since 2000.

Customer Reviews

This book is not one of my favorites.
Jeff Lippincott
I recommend this book for not only fashion lovers but to anyone who enjoys a good non-fiction read.
Monie Garcia
This book is about the business of luxury, with the Jimmy Choo brand under the microscope.
Ilya Grigorik

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mojosmom VINE VOICE on April 22, 2009
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Jimmy Choo, the shoemaker, hasn't had anything to do with Jimmy Choo, the shoes, for quite a while now. That's what this book is about - the way a small, artisanal shoemaking company catering to a select group of wealthy women was turned into an international luxury ready-to-wear brand featured on television and the red carpet.

One of Mr. Choo's customers was a young woman named Tamara Yeardye, a socialite with business in her blood. She saw the potential of the business, and used her social and business connections to raise the funds to capitalize on it. Convincing Mr. Choo, though, was even harder, but she did. The saga of Jimmy Choo (the company) is a microcosm of the world of start-ups, IPOs, leveraged buyouts, private equity firms, all the pieces that made up the financial picture of the late '90s and early 2000s. And it's also the story of some very powerful personalities, and how their personal lives and scandals affected the company.

Honestly, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. The blurbs, and certainly the first chapter, read like a gossip magazine. But slowly and inexorably I was drawn in by the vivid way the authors describe the financial machinations, the growth of the company through multiple sales, the dealmaking. It's easy to be misled by the initial portrait of Tamara Yeardye Mellon posing in "cleavage and stiletto shoes" by her nude photograph. Despite her social butterfly image, and the very real scandals she was involved in, she is one smart, driven and ambitious cookie.

The authors are, respectively, a journalist specializing in fashion and luxury goods, and an equity analyst and founding partner of a private equity firm.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2009
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A Choo, his shoes, many capitalists, an investigative reporter and an equity analyst in luxury goods - Put them together and you get Crowe and de Rosen's book The Towering World of Jimmy Choo. In fact, this tale is not just about a cobbler who had a flare for design and quality, but about many aspects of the luxury clothing/accessory business world. What holds the interest of a non-high finance or business person like myself is the fascinating mix of personalities driven to be the best at what they do and the capitalist system in which they achieved or failed.

In several chapters, shoes seem not to matter at all. Rather, Crowe and de Rosen introduced me to the business of luxury and the entrepreneurs and managers at its highest end. Indeed, one problem that I had was keeping track of all the names that were dropped. Not being in fashion or luxury, I suspect that I recognized about half the names. For this high recognition rate, one must give credit to the advertising departments at Givenchy, Versace, and a few others! Hopefully, readers more in tune with this industry will recognize more.

I think business majors would benefit by reading this book. It provides insight into acquisitions, mergers and deals as well as the business acuity possessed by Tamara Mellon and others seeking to make their fortune in luxury and glamour. True, Tamara had Daddy's money to back her, but it was her drive and vision that brought a relatively obscure maker of shoes for wealthy women to the international attention of women in the upper middle class. At one point Robert Bensoussan, a primary Jimmy Choo manager, came to Phoenix Equity Partners to jointly set up an investment vehicle to hold luxury acquisitions, one of which was Jimmy Choo Shoes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2009
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I grew up in the luxury goods business-my father owned a textile company, and his wife was in marketing at Hermes, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and La Prairie. Till now, I have not read a book on the industry that wasn't either a hagiography or written for a neo-literate. Luxury goods are a multi-billion dollar business, and there is a reason that a brand becomes established. The Towering World addresses how Jimmy Choo became a household aspirational product, both through clever marketing, its unique history and the keen business sense of its principals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Em4jake on November 13, 2011
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If you love jimmy choo and you have a business
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Intelligent, sophisticated, intellectually stimulating and
Thouraghly enjoyable!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DavieK on May 18, 2009
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The Towering World of Jimmy Choo is about a luxury brand. Lauren Goldstein Crowe (fashion writer) and Sagra Maceira de Rosen (equity analyst) attempt to convey the concept of luxury brands by combining the worlds of high finance and high-society.

The book is not about Jimmy Choo or his shoes. The book is about the company, tracing its growth from start-up to acquisition. Thus, the book will appeal more to business professionals than fashionistas. However, many business professionals may be put off by the good dose of gossip about Tamara Yeardye.

Choo is a Chinese immigrant who arrived in the United Kingdom by way of Malaysia. He was a shoemaker, like his father. Eventually his shoes were used in print fashion layouts. While making custom shoes by hand, Choo could not keep up with his growing socialite clientele. He also yearned for more public success.

In 1996, Tamara Yeardye, and her father Tom Yeardye, convinced Choo to go into business with them to mass-produce luxury shoes, forming Jimmy Choo, Ltd. The book covers the company's growth into a luxury brand, with global sales and celebrity clients.

Tamara and Choo had different visions of success. Soon, Choo was only involved in the couture line, while Tamara and Sandra Choi (Choo's niece) designed the mass-produced line. Eventually Choo was no longer a part of the company that bore his name - and no longer part of the book.

Tamara Yeardye became a celebrity in her own right - a celebrity marketer. She became the company's public face, and was often (mistakenly) credited with the company's success. She and CEO Robert Bensoussan did not work well together. Until his death, Tom Yeardye was the mediator that kept the machine going despite the riff.
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