Well, that didn’t take long. A day after news that Tamara Mellon was leaving Jimmy Choo broke, there’s speculation that Mellon will launch her own lifestyle brand. And funding may already be in place for such a venture, WWD is reporting.
While Mellon’s ambitions aren’t portrayed in a very flattering light–WWD‘s source told the paper that “money and a high profile are important to her”–it’s understandable that she would want to branch out on her own. She had to sell her shares in Jimmy Choo and become a salaried employee, which can be hard to swallow when you’ve been the one in charge.
Mellon obviously has a taste for luxury, so the speculation is that she’ll do a lifestyle brand in the style of Tom Ford or Tory Burch. The question is whether or not she can bring something different to the table in a market that’s getting crowded with logos and expensive perfume and lipstick.