Women’s Fashion – Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik, Prada
In 2004 this English couture shoe designer’s empire was valued at US$192 million. His company was launched in 1996 and became a hit as his excellent craftsmanship and stunning designs won him legions of fans the world over.
Mr Choo’s shoes are always on the feet of most celebrities on any red carpet anywhere such as Liz Hurley, Jessica Alba, Naomi Campbell, Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Uma Thurman and Keira Knightly.
A true iconic label that has withstood the test of time due to its excellent craftsmanship and high quality luxury goods. The first store was opened in 1854 by Louis Vuitton. In 1896 his son Georges Vuitton created the legendary monogram canvas which has become legendary and taken the company to legendary status.
The merger of Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessey in 1987 caused it to become one of the world’s largest conglomerates. Its clothing division includes Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Fendi and Donna Karan amongst many. Its wine section includes Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon, Veuve Cliquot and Krug with its jewellery section including Tag Heuer and Dior Watches. It has the best of the best in all areas.
As a Valentines Day gift, music mogul Russell Simmons gave his wife Kimora Lee Simmons two pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage that used to belong to Jackie Onassis at a cost of US$60,000.
This shoe designer became world famous once his shoes appeared on the series Sex and the City and women began their love affair with his designs the world over. Based in London Manolo Blahnik has been designing eye-catching, sexy shoes since the 70’s.
He designs every single shoe which now numbers in the thousands with no assistants or apprentices. He has collaborated with some of the most famous designers including Calvin Klein, John Galliano, Bill Blass, Caroline Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, and the Christian Dior house.
In 2002 he was awarded La Medalla de Oro en Merito en las Bellas Artes by Juan Carlos I, King of Spain and in 2003 Manolo Blahnik became the first shoe designer whose work was celebrated in an exhibition at the Design Museum in London.
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar was born in the Dominican Republic. He left there for Spain, then onto Paris and then to New York where in 1965 he began his own label. As well as his ready to wear label he has his accessories, sportswear line, jeans and recently has started his home line.
Oscar has also given back to his own country by building two schools that are orphanages and day-care centers where 1,500 children attend from disadvantaged backgrounds. There are also special classes for the deaf, mute and blind. Proper meals, medical and dental facilities and a loving, caring staff assure the health and well-being of the children. The aim is to help the children, not to take them away from their families.
This company started its life as Fratelli Prada in 1913 by Mario Prada. Originally they manufactured bags which were made out of walrus skin which was tough and durable but they soon phased that out for lighter weight materials. The label includes shoes, clothes, belts, bags and wallets.
Once the company was in the hands of Miuccia Prada, the granddaughter of Mario Prada who inherited the company from her mother in 1978 did the label come to its prominence and place in the fashion world today but with an enormous amount of effort and struggle.