She made the shocking (and ever so slightly awkward…) statement during an interview on America’s Today show, where she revealed that she never received a sketch from the designer during their partnership.
“The original idea was for Jimmy to design the collection and I would run the operations of the business,” she explained.
Adding, “But it soon became very clear that Jimmy’s skill was in making shoes. He’s a cobbler.”
In her new memoir, In My Shoes, the co-founder of Jimmy Choo describes how she then called in Jimmy's niece Sandra Choi for help.
The pair worked closely throughout the design process, with Sandra sketching Tamara’s original ideas, finding inspiration in the vintage shops along London’s Portobello Road.
Despite Jimmy’s apparent lack of design involvement, his finished product was soon coveted by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Princess Diana and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The former fashion editor now plans to launch her own namesake line this fall, alongside stand-alone stores in New York and London by 2014.
Yikes! Surprised to hear Jimmy Choo didn’t design a single shoe?
By Jessica Bridgeman