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The Towering World of Jimmy Choo: A Glamorous Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe [Paperback]

Lauren Goldstein Crowe , Sagra Maceira de Rosen
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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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From Booklist

*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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“With The Towering World of Jimmy Choo, Ms. Crowe, a business journalist who has covered the fashion industry for Time magazine in London, and co-author Sagra Maceira de Rosen, a managing director for investment firm Reig Capital Group, do an efficient job of describing the company's dizzying rise from the days when it was a hole-in-the-wall operation custom-making shoes for an elite clientele that included Diana, Princess of Wales…the authors also present the colorful personalities and bitter squabbles -- some quite domestic -- that marked the rise of Jimmy Choo.”—Wall Street Journal

“The finer points of Tamara’s manipulations do not escape the authors of this book, Lauren Goldstein Crowe, a former fashion business journalist for Time, and Sagra Maceira de Rosen, an investor in the luxury sector.”—Times (UK)

“Fun and powerful… like a great pair of heels!!!”—Diane von Furstenberg

“There is nothing sexier than a confident, intelligent woman. For the last decade, Lauren Goldstein Crowe and Sagra Maceira de Rosen have impressed the fashion and business worlds with their thoughtful critiques and analysis of the fashion industry. Together they make a formidable team.”—Tom Ford, creative director of Tom Ford International

“Glamorous and intriguing…with all the juicy details that fashion insiders will relish.” —Teri Agins, author of The End of Fashion and senior fashion writer at the Wall Street Journal

“Lauren Goldstein Crowe and Sagra Maceira de Rosen have taken a £500 stiletto and used it to burst the bubble of hot air and secrecy that surrounds the business of selling luxury goods.” —Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

“A must read for anyone remotely involved in the fashion industry. A true page turner.” —Rose Marie Bravo, former CEO of Burberry  

“Glamourama! From backroom machinations and takeover ploys to jet-set fetes and dramas in James Bond locales. A must read for fashionistas and suits alike.”—Dana Thomas, author of Deluxe

 “A glamorous cocktail of high finance and family drama. A business book that reads like a novel.” —Alex Bolen, CEO, Oscar de la Renta

“High drama. High stakes. High fashion. I just love this book.” —Marisa Acocella Marchetto, author of Cancer Vixen and New Yorker cartoonist

About the Author

Lauren Goldstein Crowe has covered the fashion and luxury goods industries as a Senior Writer at Time magazine in London, at Fortune magazine in New York, and as a writer of freelance articles for Paris Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times, British Vogue, the Financial Times and the Times, and has appeared as a fashion expert on CNN and Bloomberg television. She wears mostly Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Sagra Maceira de Rosen is currently a founding partner is Hemisphere One Partners, a recently established private equity firm that invests in retail and luxury brands, and was previously a high ranked equity analyst at JP Morgan in London and the head of its Global Luxury Goods and Retail research team. Sagra mostly wears Jimmy Choo shoes.

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