Tamara Mellon Leaving Jimmy Choo; CEO Joshua Schulman Exits As Well
So long, Tamara Mellon.
The Jimmy Choo CCO and founder, along with the brand's CEO Joshua Schulman, has exited the company, reported Women's Wear Daily.
The news was confirmed after the Telegraph announced on Saturday that Mellon was planning on quitting the company she founded in 1996.
As all news sources noted, the high-level departures come just five months after luxury group Labelux acquired Jimmy Choo for a reported $850 million. Schulman told Footwear News that the decision to leave came after "conversations over time with Labelux management and shareholders," although there are no reports of ill will between the parties involved.
His departure is ostensibly not connected to Mellon's, although the timing might suggest otherwise. Mellon, who founded the brand with the Malaysian-born Mr. Jimmy Choo, was the more public figure of the two, posing for the brand's ads (and, on occasion, in the nude) and representing the glamorous face of Jimmy Choo.
So where will the entrepreneurial British glamazon head next? News reports have no concrete answers, but Mellon did mention this summer that founding a new brand was a possibility.
Because really, we could use more animal-print stilettos in this world.