Friday, August 7, 2009

My Morning with Jimmy Choo

So, as my last post revealed; our last day in London was spent with Jimmy Choo in his couture showroom! It all was made possible because of a man helping us carry all of our overweight luggage onto one of London's double decker buses, our first day in the city. Our study center director thanked him and in conversation told him we were fashion students (thus all of the luggage), and he said "Oh, well I'm good friends with Jimmy Choo!"

The mantlepiece of inspiration when we walked in

..So there I found myself standing in his couture showroom in London. He greeted us with a warm smile and brought us all water bottles. He told us how happy he is to see other students pursuing fashion like he once did. He plopped down on his desk and told us his life story. His father was a shoe maker in Malaysia, he came to London to study how to make shoes and had humble beginnings trying to sell his first pairs. He slowly gained notice from fashion designers who used his shoes in their shows. It was not until he was featured in Vogue, that he found true success.

Jimmy, showing us a shoe mold in his workshop

He told us stories about his nervousness when he created a bespoke pair of shoes for Princess Diana, and revealed how he got his name (he was a fan of James Bond, thus Jimmy). He shared his pearls of wisdom he's learned throughout his life ("respect your teachers", "never be late," and "don't give up on something you want"). He was the sweetest man and so passionate about everything he does. He sold off his company around 10 years ago and now concentrates solely on customized handmade-to-order shoes. He speaks volumes about the power of the heel and it's ability to transform a woman.

paintings hanging in his showroom

A wall of custom made shoes

It was the perfect ending to a fantastic trip! I'm still pinching myself that it actually happened. And as if the day could get any better, I got to meet up with the incredibly sweet and stylish fashion bloggers of HiFashion, Leia and Sherin! We had a great time talking about everything from debating the accent of our waiter, shopping in our hometowns, and life in college.

on the London Eye (dress by French connection & my new snakeskin lace-ups)
So, I'm finally back in the states. I had a life-changing experience in my summer abroad, but I'm excited to see what this year holds. I hope you've enjoyed reading about my adventures!

my new London friends, Leia and Sherin!

xoxo, lauren


Alja said...

love your blog!good photos;)

Sherin said...

Jimmy Choo sounds like an incredible man. His words of wisdom are definitely words to live by. And it was great to meet you too. It was a fantastic dinner.

monica said...

great story although im very disappointed that jimmy choo DOESNT ACTUALLY DESIGN THE jimmy choo shoes.......i can nvr look at the jimmy choo section of the upscale shoe salons the same way :(

Dream Sequins said...

That's an amazing story! And what's even more amazing? those snakeskin shoes!

FabBlab said...

It's sad the amount I'm envious. YOU MET FREAKIN JIMMY CHOO, GIRL!
Damn. He sounds so sweet! I read in Seventeen India a while back that his actual name was Jimmy Chow and it got messed up when he got to the States?
Is that true?
Also, you're a fashion student?! Finally, a fashion blogger who's actually pursuing fashion!
Sounds like you had an amazing trip :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

How exciting that you got to meet not only Jimmy Choo, but Leia and Sherin, as well. They are two of my favorite bloggers!

I'm so glad that you had a marvelous time abroad; but we're glad to have you back! :)

lisa said...

He sounds like a wonderful and gracious man. What a serendipitous adventure!

Hanako66 said...

my goodness, what an experience!

S.Elisabeth said...

Yay! I can't wait for the day I get to meet a blogging friend!! Looks like so much fun
And your experience looks AMAZING. Fashion+Europe+Summer how could it fail?
And Jimmy Choo, he looks amazing and WOW. What a twist of fate too meeting his friend.

AudreyAllure said...

ahhh so lucky! and the shoes = heaven!

LML said...

that is such an awesome story!!! what a perfect ending to a wonderful trip!

MzFashionCloset said...

What a great adventure and're lucky.

WendyB said...

How fantastic! You never know who you're going to meet, right?

Little Bow Prep said...

So jealous!

That wall of shoes looks amazing!

Little Red said...

So amazing that you got to meet Jimmy Choo! And I love the photo of you, Leia, and Sherin!

Glad you had a great trip!

hélène said...

OMG you are soooo lucky!! Good stuff, what an experience!!

Sophie and Emma said...

Hi! I just came across your blog and think it is great! My friend, Sophie and I have just started writing a fashion blog-it would be great if you could check it out-

Looking forward to your next post!

Emma x x

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