Or is she a princess—a vain social climber who craves the spotlight and needs a rich man to buy them for her?
The same questions might be asked about Tamara Mellon, the 37-year-old founder and president of the Jimmy Choo company and one of the most successful businesswomen in Britain. Once there was a humble Malaysian cobbler named Jimmy Choo, with a tiny, yet prestigious, operation in London’s East End until she—of the waist-length straight dark hair and zero body fat—came along, equipped with Daddy’s money, took Choo’s name, and turned it into a 0 million international glamour powerhouse that’s been given plugs on and in a Beyoncé Knowles song and whose shoes are now worn by many of the young leading ladies on the red carpet—a feat, incidentally, that was accomplished only with Choo out of the picture.
A very personal interview with Tamara Mellon, Founder of the Jimmy Choo empire.
Tania Bryer, CNBC's guest presenter, talks with Tamara about how she turned Jimmy Choo in to a multi-million dollar global company.
I had them in the mid-’80s, and they were my first real pair of fashion, grown-up, sexy shoes.
They were laced up in front with elastic around the back.” Pair you always travel with: “A great pair of boots.
But I felt that I was selling my soul if I did that.
I had to be happy within myself.” The Tamara Mellon brand was set up in 2013 and sold through retailers such as Neiman Marcus.Here, the namesake designer shares a few of her perfect pairings with Spy.First date with boyfriend, Mike Ovitz: “I was wearing my favorite pair of shoes I ever designed for Jimmy Choo, the lace-up black style with jeans rolled up.What kind of woman spends 0 on a pair of four-inch Jimmy Choo stilettos with Swarovskicrystal straps?Is she a role model—accomplished, sexy, and independent, with an unapologetic appreciation for the finer things in life?She admits allowing the company to be bought by private equity firms was a “mistake” because Jimmy Choo ended up being “tossed around like a hot potato” with very little money invested.