Footwear designer Jimmy Choo has explained his reasons for opening a new design academy in London in September, reports Leatherbiz.
Speaking to BBC Radio on February 4, Mr Choo said he had no regrets about selling his 50% share of the Jimmy Choo brand in 2001, only five years after setting it up with business partner, Tamara Mellon. He said education and passing on his skills and knowledge were now his main aims.
Originally from Malaysia, from a shoe-making family of Chinese descent, he went to London in 1982 to study shoe design at Cordwainers College, now part of the London College of Fashion and the University of the Arts. He completed the course in 1984.
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