In Malaysia, our own industry is growing rapidly especially in fashion sector. Datuk Jimmy Choo, London-based fashion designer famous especially in hand-made women’s shoes, made Malaysia proud as his work is recognized globally.
Born Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat, this Malaysian citizen made his first pair of shoes when he was 11 years old. He worked hard to earn his ticket to study in Cordwainers’ Technical College in Hackney, London by saving money working part-time at restaurants and also cleaner at shoe factory to pay off his tuition fees.
He began his long-term career as a shoe designer by renting an old and worn out hospital building in East London in 1986. His skillful craftsmanship won him international recognition when Vogue magazine featured his creations in one of its edition (1988).
He co-founded Jimmy Choo Ltd with British Vogue accessories editor, Tamara Mellon in 1996. He then sold off his 50 percent shares in the company for £10 million as he has expressed his interest to focus solely on Jimmy Choo Couture line. In recent years, Jimmy Choo often returns to Malaysia to boost local shoemaking industry.
Other famous designers in Malaysia including Melinda Looi, Bernard Chandran, Tom Abang Saufi and plenty more.