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Jimmy Choo (1961-), Shoe designer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in Penang, Malaysia, into a family of shoemakers, Jimmy Choo created his first shoe at the age of twelve. His father taught him that every shoe is a unique work of art, a belief that has remained with him throughout his career. In his early twenties Choo moved to London, to study at Cordwainers' Technical College (now the London College of Fashion), later working from a studio in Hackney. His reputation grew, and by the mid-nineties his couture designs were highly coveted by royalty and celebrities. In 1996 he expanded the business into ready-to-wear collections, designed by his niece Sandra Choi, with the flagship Jimmy Choo store opening in London in the same year.