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Jimmy Choo Outlet UK was founded in 1996 by the shoemaker Jimmy Choo, who was making bespoke shoes in London’s East End, and Tamara Mellon, Vogue’s former accessories director. Mr. Choo’s niece Sandra Choi joined the company as creative director. Mr. Choo and Ms. Mellon have left the company, but Ms. Choi remains as creative director. The company expanded to the United States with a boutique in New York in 1998, and it now has about 170 stores in 34 countries. The offering is expected to include a partial sale of the stake held by the luxury arm of JAB Holdings, which owns the brand. Jimmy Choo has passed through the hands of several private equity owners over the years, ending up in 2011 with Labelux, a luxury goods company founded by the Reimann family, which owns JAB Holdings, formerly called Joh. A. Benckiser. Earlier this year, the holding company restructured its luxury arm, putting the Jimmy Choo and Belstaff brands under its direct control.
Sources close to the company note that Jimmy Choo Shoes UK was a shade more advanced in its plans than most of the other announced, or rumoured, floats. Which might explain why it got away, while others opt to sit back and wait... at least until the current turbulence has eased somewhat. The recent float fever could then be quickly revived. On a crisp Friday morning, in mid October Jimmy Choo became the first luxury shoe company to make an IPO move, listing about a quarter of its shares on the London Stock Exchange for 140 pence ($2.25),valuing the company at about 546 pounds ($874 million), $63 million more than Labelux paid to acquire the company in 2014. Jimmy Choo was founded in 1996 by Jimmy Choo and Tamara Mellon, alongside Choo’s niece Sandra Choi, who has served as creative director of the label since its inception. This is the latest in 10 years of designer collaborations for high street retailer H&M which have included the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Jimmy Choo and Comme Des Garcons.
Shares in luxury shoe maker Jimmy Choo London nudged higher after they listed on Friday. But the announcement the same day by British lender Virgin Money that it was postponing its flotation, worth up to £2bn, has dampened hopes that IPO markets might stage a quick recovery. Europe’s blue-chip stock index FTSEuroFirst 300 has dropped over 10% since its September 19 high. And after a record first half of the year for equity capital markets, which saw firms around the world raise almost half-a-trillion dollars in the biggest share sale bonanza since 2007, the balance has shifted. Jimmy Choo UK had to sell shares at the bottom of its expected price range, a sign public investors are driving an increasingly hard bargain, while companies from Italian cosmetics firm Intercos to UK lender Aldermore have had to scrap listings after failing to get enough demand.