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Breaking news this morning: Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon has announced she will be leaving the company she has worked with – and transformed – for over 15 years, along with current chief executive Joshua Schulman. 

“As our Chief Creative Officer Tamara Mellon, OBE steps down, everyone at Jimmy Choo thanks her for 15 years of leadership and creative vision,” the official Jimmy Choo Twitter page stated, which makes us believe Tamara and Joshua’s departure was amicable.

Tamara has witnessed the company grow from a small business set up by Jimmy Choo, a Malaysian cobbler living in east London, to the global phenomenon it is today.

The luxury label now consists of shoes, bags and scarves favoured by some of Tinsel Town’s hottest faces, including Julia Roberts, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker, and let’s face it, no red carpet would be complete without a pair of Choos (or 10).

Though we’re confident the company will continue its success without Tamara at the helm, it does beg the question of what the brand will do without its iconic frontwoman – Ms. Mellon is Jimmy Choo, after all.

Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway will now continue to act as creative directors for the brand, although there is expected to be a replacement for Mr Schulman sometime in the new year.

[Financial Times] 


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