This morning, Tommy Ton tweeted, "Is it me or does the jimmy choo 24:7 campaign look a lot like...ahem...you know what i mean :S." Yes, it does look just like the images Tommy shoots for his blog, Jak & Jil, and as of last season, Style.com. They're simple, vibrant snaps of women's shoes - spectacular shoes - on the feet of Anna Dello Russo, Emmanuelle Alt, Kate Lanphear and co. So Jimmy Choo copped his style and put some chic, not famous women in their own (kind of boring) shoes and had someone take snapshots against cobblestones. That sucks. Like when American Apparel shoots everything a la Terry Richardson and half the "street-style bloggers" out there try to shoot like Scott Schuman. Though really, is there anything one can do other than call them (being the Jimmy Choo or the AA or the generally more powerful copier) out and embarrass them?
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Jimmy Choo Wants to Buy Back His Namesake Brand for £500 Million
Jimmy Choo wants to buy back Jimmy Choo. In case you haven't heard, Jimmy Choo, the shoe designer, doesn't actually own or design for his namesake label. In fact, he hasn't been involved since 2000. UK private equity firm, TowerBrook, owns the majority of the company. (The other big shareholder is co-founder/chief creative officer Tamara Mellon, who owns 15% of the business.) TowerBrook is keen on selling. LVMH, Valentino, and a few private equity firms have been whispered as potential buyers. But now Mr. Choo, the original designer and inspiration behind the brand, wants his label back. According to The Daily Mail, Choo has hired adviser Daniel Stewart to help him move forward with a £500 million offer for the company. (Choo will need investors to back his bid. Stewart will help him find the right ones.) Does he have a chance?