Big changes are afoot at Jimmy Choo. The company is celebrating a milestone 15th anniversary this year--but in a surprising turn of events, Choo co-founder and chief creative officer Tamara Mellon--who was also the face of the brand--is leaving the company.
Mellon isn't the only one leaving, either. Joshua Shulman, the CEO, has also resigned, WWD is reporting. This all comes in the wake of the footwear company's acquisition by Labelux last May. Mellon couldn't be reached for comment, but she'll apparently finish out the month. Shulman emphasized that his resignation was independent of Mellon's, telling WWD, "We’re not going off together [to pursue a new project]." Footwear News speculates that perhaps Mellon will start a new brand--she seemed amenable to the idea in an earlier interview.
While the Telegraph reported that Labelux was unhappy with the condition of Jimmy Choo upon acquiring it, Shulman told FN, "From a financial point of view, we grew the business significantly. And we transitioned Jimmy Choo from a niche brand focused on the U.S. and Europe to a [global] lifestyle player.” The current Jimmy Choo creative team will stay on board to run the design side of the company.
It's the end of an era, for sure, and always interesting to watch how a company changes when it loses a founder.