Jimmy Choo: I owe my success to my father

25Mar10

Choo, who was born into a family of shoemakers in Penang, Malaysia, was only 11 years old when he made his first shoe.

Now he is a favourite with A-list celebrities thanks to his made-to-order designs, which include an extensive range of bespoke women’s shoes.

Choo spoke about his debt to his father as Taiwanese student Nikki Lin spent the day with him after impressing him with her footwear designs.

The 21-year-old, who is studying at De Montfort University in Leicester, first met Choo last November when he visited her class to offer tips about shoe design.

The student, from Taichung City, was so impressive she was chosen to spend the day with Choo at his Couture House in London.

Choo said today that the initiative was about giving students the chances he had.

He said: ”My father gave me this skill. He gave me 100% so I want to give back the same thing my father gave me. I want to give back to the younger generation.

”With this they can learn from my knowledge and my skill and tell people they have worked with Jimmy Choo.”

Miss Lin, who is in her final year at university, said: ”It has been very inspirational learning about different drawing skills and about different styles.

”I have also learnt about the importance of proportions. All of this has been very useful and will help me with my future.”

De Montfort University’s footwear design course is the only specialist degree of its kind in the UK and has won Choo’s support. He holds an honorary doctorate from the university.

via Jimmy Choo: I owe my success to my father – Telegraph.

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