Keira Knightley, James Righton enjoy dinner date in London

Keira Knightley, James Righton enjoy dinner date in London

LONDON, July 14 (UPI) --Keira Knightley and husband James Righton were spotted at Quo Vadis restaurant in London over the weekend.
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Nicole Kidman poses topless for Jimmy Choo

Nicole Kidman poses topless for Jimmy Choo

Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Nicole Kidman took a break from her usual icy blonde routine and turned out some steamy ads for Jimmy Choo's latest campaign.
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Russian foreign minister: U.S. fraud allegations attempt at revenge

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday the United States' accusations that 49 current or former Russian diplomats defrauded Medicaid was an attempt at revenge.

Russian diplomats charged in Medicaid scam

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The FBI said Thursday in New York 49 current or former Russian diplomats or their spouses have been charged in a broad illegal scheme to get Medicaid benefits.
Chinese actress Fan hailed by film elite at Cannes

Chinese actress Fan hailed by film elite at Cannes

CANNES, France, May 19 (UPI) -- Chinese actress Fan Bingbing received the first International Artist of the Year Award from The Hollywood Reporter at a gala reception in Cannes, France.
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Michelle Obama dazzles in red Jason Wu gown at inaugural balls

Michelle Obama dazzles in red Jason Wu gown at inaugural balls

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama wore a custom ruby chiffon and velvet gown by designer Jason Wu at the inaugural balls in Washington Monday night.

Women's shoe heels portend austerity

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The heels on U.S. women's shoes remain high -- as they often do during poor economic times, but an IBM official says the company's analysis portends a change.
Labelux buying Jimmy Choo for $800M

Labelux buying Jimmy Choo for $800M

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) -- Private luxury group Labelux said Sunday it will buy fashion house Jimmy Choo from TowerBrook Capital Partners and other shareholders.

Weather may hurt Super Bowl retail sales

DALLAS, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Dallas-area retailers' hopes for a big spike in sales from the Super Bowl have been threatened by the unusually wintry weather, business analysts said.

H&M to sell Jimmy Choo shoes and bags

NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- H&M, the discount fashion clothing chain based in Sweden, says it plans to sell a line of Jimmy Choo footwear and handbags this fall.

Shoe knock-offs seized in England

FELIXSTOWE, England, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Authorities in England say they have seized more than $3.5 million in counterfeit designer shoes and sneakers.
Woman pays $19K for bogus premiere ticket

Woman pays $19K for bogus premiere ticket

NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- A woman said she was scammed out of $19,000 when she tried to buy on eBay a ticket to Tuesday night's "Sex and the City" premiere and after-party in New York.

Conrad denies being fired by Teen Vogue

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Reality TV star Lauren Conrad said during a recent appearance in Beverly Hills, Calif., that she was not fired from her position at Teen Vogue.

Luxury designer goes after copycats

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A high-end British designer is waging war on stores selling low-cost knockoffs of his luxury shoes and purses.
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Jimmy Choo
Malaysian shoedesigner Jimmy Choo attends the world premiere of "Basic instinct 2: Risk Addiction" at Vue, Leicester Square in London on March 15, 2006. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Dato' Jimmy Choo OBE, born Choo Yeang Keat, (Chinese: 周仰杰) is a Malaysian fashion designer based in London, United Kingdom. He is best known for founding Jimmy Choo Ltd that became known for its hand-made women's shoes.

Choo was born in Penang, Malaysia into a family of shoemakers. He is of Chinese Hakka descent. He made his first shoe when he was 11 years old. He is perhaps the most notable of students of Cordwainers Technical College in Hackney from which he graduated in 1983. (The college is now part of the London College of Fashion.) Choo has divulged that he worked part-time at restaurants and as a cleaner at a shoe factory to help fund his college education.

Jimmy Choo's beginnings can be traced back to his workshop in Hackney, North London, which he opened in 1986 by renting an old hospital building. His craftsmanship and designs were soon noticed and he came to the verge of international notability when his creations were featured in a record eight pages in a 1988 issue of Vogue magazine. Patronage from Diana, Princess of Wales from 1990 onwards further boosted his image.

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