Jimmy Choo

Fashion designer

Education

Technical College in Hackney he graduated with honors in 1983.

Early career

He was a son of a shoe cobbler, Choo was immersed in the world of shoemaking from an early age. His father wanted him to follow in his footsteps and by age 11 Choo had made his first pair of shoes.

"When I first started, my father wouldn't let me make a shoe. Instead, he said: "Sit and watch, sit and watch." For months and months, I did that."

After learning from his father about the craft of shoemaking, Choo made his way to England in the early 1980s to study at the Cordwainers Technical College in Hackney.

Late career

By the turn of the century, the Choo name was a global brand, with high-end retail clients that included Harrods and Saks Fifth Avenue carrying Choo footwear. The Choo brand had also expanded to handbags and other accessories.