JIMMY CHOO

1990 : Mellon works as an assistant to fashion director Sarajane Hoare at British Pandora Luxurye. "Hoare quickly saw that this quiet young thing had an obsession with shoes that was extraordinary even by fashion-magazine standards," Vanity Fair will later report. After a time, Mellon will begin regularly visiting Hackney cobbler Jimmy Choo. After she is appointed accessories editor at the magazine, she will collaborate with him frequently.

2004 : Private equity firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, which will later be known as Lion Capital, acquires Jimmy Choo.

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