Tamara Mellon
British businessman
Tamara Mellon
Tamara Mellon, OBE is the former Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of Jimmy Choo, a luxury brand that offers designer shoes, handbags and a range of accessories. She stepped down from the brand in November 2011 after its acquisition by Labelux.
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New Beginnings: Tamara Mellon Kicks It Up
NYTimes - about 2 months
The shoe queen sets up a new business in a new state and moves in her partner, Michael Ovitz.
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Stepping Into the Luxury Shoe Business
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
Shoe designer Tamara Mellon thinks fashion needs to be fleeter.
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Tips for packing healthy snacks
CNN - 11 months
Dietitian Tamara Melton gives tips on how to snack healthfully.
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Tamara Mellon admits she owns more than 1,000 pairs of shoes
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
British businesswoman Tamara Mellon, based in New York, parted ways with Jimmy Choo three years ago. She now has a namesake label, Tamara Mellon, which sells luxury shoes and accessories.
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Soledad O'Brien On Storytelling, Feminism's 'PR Issue' & Not Taking 'No' For An Answer
Huffington Post - about 2 years
What does it take to get to the top -- without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standouts in their fields, peeling back the "hows" of their work and their life, taking away lessons we can all apply to our own. Soledad O'Brien has a lot going on. She's the CEO of the Starfish Media Group, a production company and distributor she founded in 2013 with a focus on "life's untold stories." Alongside her work there, she's reporting for HBO's "Real Sports" and Al Jazeera America and producing her two documentary series, "Black In America" and “Latino in America." Oh, and she's raising four kids, too. The 48-year-old broadcast journalist started her career in 1987 as an associate producer and news writer at WBZ-TV in Boston -- and she's come a long way since. She's co-anchored NBC's "Weekend Today" and CNN's "American Morning," and anchored CNN's "Starting Point." She's won awards for her coverage of events ranging from Hurrican ...
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Fashion Veterans Pay It Forward
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
Linda Fargo, Tamara Mellon and Karlie Kloss and more than 1,000 members of the fashion industry gathered Wednesday for the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Geoffrey Beene National Scholars Dinner.
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My Life: Thea Green, Founder Of Nails Inc And MBE On Making It Work
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Thea Green, the founder of nail bar chain Nails Inc, knows the meaning of hard graft. Not only has she changed the face of the nail industry and the high street by bringing affordable and quick nail jobs to Britain, she's using all her expertise to inspire teenagers to think about what they'd like to do when they are older. From one shop in 1999, Nails Inc now has around 10,000 customer a week and 60 nationwide shops. Not bad for someone who started out at the age of 24, when we were still angsty about not being at university drinking cut-price Sambucas. She has three children and lives with her husband in Fulham - how does she manage it all? What were you doing before Nails Inc? Before Nails Inc, I was working at Tatler as their fashion editor. I studied at the London College of Fashion – journalism and fashion and worked my way up. I had an American boss and I was going back and forth with her. What I saw, while I was in New York was that women were getting their nails ...
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Chronicles of Expeditions and Entrepreneurs
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
Marshall Heyman at book parties for William P. Rayner and Tamara Mellon, plus the New York premiere of 'Gravity.'
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Tamara Mellon: Stacked heels
The Economist - over 3 years
In My Shoes: A Memoir. By Tamara Mellon. Portfolio; 273 pages; $29.95 and £20. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukHOW to explain the global appeal of the Jimmy Choo shoe? The low cut sides, swoop of a vertiginous heel and toes pointed fiercely enough to have podiatrists licking their lips: all have added to the lucrative charm of “Choos”, the luxury footwear brand co-founded in 1996 by Tamara Mellon, a British businesswoman.“In My Shoes” is Ms Mellon’s account of the highs and lows of the teetering trade. It is enlivened by feuds and fallouts, with characters ranging from the reclusive Mr Choo to her “sadist” mother, her ex-husband (Matthew Mellon, scion of a banking family), her accountant, trust manager, private-equity partners and a fair few more. Ms Mellon seems to live on a permanent war-footing with half of the names in her Rolodex. Yet she possesses the acumen and instinct to create a global company, network shamelessly and conduct an exhausting social life.Her enthusiasm for dram ...
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LOOK: How Alicia Keys Plans A Stress-Free Move
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
What's the easiest way to move furniture out of a Manhattan apartment? Ask Alicia Keys. The singer has apparently hired a crane to remove her stuff from the Soho penthouse she shares with husband Swizz Beatz, reports TMZ. The two purchased this condo from Lenny Kravitz in 2010, but The New York Post says the couple is crossing the Hudson River to move into Eddie Murphy's former Englewood, New Jersey mansion. Keys is not the only celeb that has employed these extreme logistics to relocate furniture. Our favorite designer from 'Million Dollar Decorators,' Martyn Lawrence Bullard, also used heavy machinery to lower a 3,000 pound marble table into Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon's NYC home on the show's second season premiere. And model Lara Bingle had several large scale pieces delivered by crane to her sixth floor apartment, Australian news outlet News.com reported, while she was seen laughing at the antics from her balcony. Alica Key's NYC condo, photo by TMZ W ...
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Fashion Police: Red Alert!
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
Co-founder of Jimmy Choo, Tamara Mellon attended the 2012 New York City Ballet Fall Gala at the Lincoln Center looking like a flaring red siren — the ridiculously loud kind which refuses to turn off. While monochrome jumpsuits look fabulous on some, others like Tamara turn a potential fashion win into a major faux pas by wearing them with everything they own in the colour red. Make-up While she chose to keep her eyes and cheeks simple, Tamara didn’t think to do the same with her bright red lips. The last thing her look was asking for was more colour — opting for a neutral lip shade could have somewhat helped redeem her look on the already ‘red’ carpet. Hair Choosing to tie her hair back in a high pony tail accompanied with the boring round T-shirt neckline was not a great idea for Tamara, as it made her fire engine red lips stand out more than necessary. Letting her hair down would have softened her otherwise too-bright-for-comfort look as ...
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The Valentino Buyout Reveals Everything You Need To Know About The Future Of The Fashion Industry
Business Insider - over 4 years
The news that Valentino have been bought by Mayhoola, an investment group thought to be backed the Qatari Royal family, is the sign of a trend in fashion finance. It follows recent rumours that Doctor Martens are being bought by Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman, and his investment fund Pamplona Capital, as well as Cerruti and Gianfranco Ferre being snapped up by retail groups over the last couple of years. The Qatari Royal family might have even started this by buying Harrods from Mohamed Al-Fayed in 2010. This deal certainly makes sense in the fashion world. Valentino is a couture house and so – like the rest of couture – has a significant proportion of its clientele now in the Middle East. With these buy-outs more and more frequent, some work better than others. P ringle of Scotland, bought by the Hong Kong-based Fang brothers in 2000, posted losses of $7.2 million for 2011, and ex-Balenciaga designer Alistair Carr – a much-heralded appointment – lasted less than a year as des ...
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Blue Carreon: A Conversation With Decorator Martyn Lawrence-Bullard
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The British-born decorator Martyn Lawrence-Bullard likes to layer color, textures and cultures into the spaces he designs. You can see this in the houses and apartments he's designed for his A-list clients -- Ellen Pompeo, Tamara Mellon, Sharon Osbourne and Daisy Fuentes to name a few. The rooms are rich and lush with a sense of drama. His personal motto is "live, love, decorate," which also happens to be the title of his first book. Below, the star of Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators talks about reality television, singing in the shower and small doses of Botox. When I wake up... I immediately have a cup of earl grey tea. Can't help it... my English roots! Before I go to bed... I slap on my Strivectin face cream. It seems to be somewhat combating the signs of wear and tear on my weathered face. A well-dressed man/woman... is always a delight. There's nothing more exciting than seeing people express their personal style through their dress sense. Women should a ...
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Tamara Mellon puts boot into private equity
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Tamara Mellon, who built the Jimmy Choo shoe empire from a small East End business to a global luxury brand, is a serious player, not just a well-shod advertisement for her wares.
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Tamara Mellon puts the boot in to buyouts
Ft.com Financial Times Blogs - almost 5 years
Former Jimmy Choo boss blames investors for lack of long-term vision and says the PE model ‘is open to people who are more vultures and parasites’
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Tamara Mellon launching lifestyle brand?
Yahoo News - over 5 years
Industry sources have claimed <a class="fplink fp-708797" href="/tamara+mellon">Tamara Mellon</a> has plans to launch an eponymous lifestyle brand.
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How Tamara Mellon turned her life around (and why her child won't inherit her Jimmy Choos)
Daily Mail (UK) - over 5 years
The luxury shoe brand was almost derailed before it began. In her twenties, <a class="fplink fp-708797" href="/tamara+mellon"><a class="fplink fp-708797" href="/tamara+mellon">Tamara Mellon</a></a>'s hard-partying lifestyle landed her in rehab.
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Gathering for a Ladies' Night Out - Wall Street Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Tamara Mellon, the Jimmy Choo co-founder, has no problem showing her face. &quot;I&#39;ve been very very busy,&quot; she said, standing with Chanel Iman by the bar. &quot;I&#39;m very lucky to be busy. Shoppers are out and about again.&quot; A couple of men attended Ladies&#39; Night
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tamara Mellon
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 48
    In September 2016, it was revealed that Mellon is suing Jimmy Choo, alleging that the company had blocked her from using luxury shoemakers in Florence, Italy to produce her own line.
    More Details Hide Details Mellon is a member of the New Enterprise Council, a group of entrepreneurs who advise the Conservative Party (UK) on policies related to the needs of business.
  • 2015
    Age 47
    In 2015 she announced her engagement to Michael Ovitz in a magazine interview with HELLO!
    More Details Hide Details It has since been revealed that Ovitz is still married to his first wife Judy. She recently referred to the situation as “complicated”.
  • 2013
    Age 45
    In 2013, Mellon published the autobiography 'In My Shoes' in which she details her rise to success and her partnership with shoe-designer Jimmy Choo.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview about the book with Vanity Fair, she spoke of the challenges of designing shoes for the Oscar Season. Several media publications reported on the discussion in her book about her drug addiction issues, specifically her problems with cocaine. Subsequent news coverage also focused on her stint in rehab, party lifestyle and being fired from Vogue Magazine. Mellon’s battle with alcohol addiction is also well documented and she met her first husband Matthew at Alcoholics Anonymous. They later divorced and she wrote a number of articles about the dramatic details of her marriage, referencing "snorting her way through alpine ranges of cocaine".
  • 2010
    Age 42
    In the 2010 Birthday Honours, Mellon was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the fashion industry.
    More Details Hide Details On 19 November 2014, Mellon was presented with the Fashion Pioneer Award at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Awards, held in New York City at the United Nations.
    On 9 November 2010, she was named as a "global trade envoy for Britain" by the British Government.
    More Details Hide Details She will have a "roving brief to promote the country’s booming fashion industry overseas". Mellon has served on the Board of Directors for Revlon since 2008. She is also a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    In 2007, Mellon appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List, where she was ranked as the 751st richest person in the UK, with an estimated wealth of £99 million.
    More Details Hide Details She was also ranked as the 64th richest woman in Britain. Mellon filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code in December 2015. Section 11 denotes that a business cannot repay its creditors and is entering a re-organisation strategy. The filing states that the company has assets of between $1 million and $10 million and also has between 100 and 199 creditors who are owed between $1 million and $10 million. She was forced to file under Section 11 following pressure from angry investors, predicted to lose approximately £2.7 million. Mellon was subsequently bailed out by American equity firm NEA, with a $10 million cash injection. Mellon is known to have previously criticised the private equity world as “ruthless opportunists who want to cash in”. In January 2016, Mellon's former backers filed an objection to the restructuring plans under American bankruptcy protection laws. They stated that these plans allowed her, her fiancé and a fund to gain control of the new company, leaving former financers with no repayment. The objection includes accusations of mismanagement and abuse of the company, including employing a life coach on the payroll and spending $100,000 on tickets to The Met Gala in New York. The US Department of Justice also filed a formal objection.
  • 2004
    Age 36
    In November 2004, with the company valued at £101 million, Hicks Muse announced the majority acquisition of Jimmy Choo Ltd.
    More Details Hide Details The company subsequently opened Jimmy Choo stores in many cities, including London (Sloane Street & New Bond Street), New York City, Beverly Hills, Washington, D.C., Boston, Dallas, Moscow, Milan and Hong Kong, and is distributed by select stores worldwide.
  • 2001
    Age 33
    The first Jimmy Choo store, on Motcombe Street in London, was followed by stores in New York, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills. In April 2001, Jimmy Choo Ltd partnered with Equinox Luxury Holdings Ltd.
    More Details Hide Details Acquiring Mr Choo’s share of the ready-to-wear business, Equinox’s Chief Executive, Robert Bensoussan, became CEO of Jimmy Choo Ltd, introducing handbag and small leather goods collections.
    By 2001, Jimmy Choo Ltd had over 100 wholesale clients, including Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, and the collections accounted for over 50% of the production of several of these factories.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 22
    Mellon began her career at Phyllis Walters Public Relations, Mirabella, and followed as accessories editor for British Vogue in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Recognizing the potential for development of high-end designer accessories, Mellon approached bespoke shoe-maker Mr Jimmy Choo with the idea of launching a ready-to-wear shoe company. As co-founder of the Jimmy Choo company, Mellon secured funding from her father for the creation of her business, and sourced factories in Italy. In addition, she set up an office in Italy to handle production, quality control and shipping.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on July 7, 1967.
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