Michael Kors does a few things exceptionally well: rose-gold watches, airy, on-trend clothes that you can afford to wear to work, but look like they belong on a boardwalk in Montauk; and now, even footwear.
The American fashion mogul and his eponymous brand have acquired Jimmy Choo (for nearly $1.2-billion US), the footwear label loved by fictional characters and real life stars alike. It’s like Christmas has come six months early!
Sure, Kors created fine heels, boots, flats and the like before, but this bold step into the accessories biz means his footwear game is only going to get stronger. And it’s hard not to get excited! This news could also mean that Choo-like designs may trickle into future Kors collections, making a pair of Jimmy Choos (or something inspired by them, at least) slightly more affordable. A pair of Michael Kors heels are have an average price tag of $100, while Choos will put you back close to $1,000, depending on the design.
Just imagine the possibility of merging Michael Kors affordable luxury fashions with the playful yet pricy Jimmy Choo aesthetic: colourful feather-embellished, sky-high sandals with delicate ankle straps, block-heeled mules in jewelled-toned velvets….
It’s like you can hear Carrie Bradshaw squealing with delight from her brownstone walk-up apartment in Manhattan. The fictitious writer had a fetish for footwear (real talk: don’t we all), and her obsession with Choos is what arguably skyrocketed the British label (created by Tamara Mellon, the former accessories editor at British Vogue) into mainstream fame in the early aughts.
While it could be years (or maybe never… but hopefully not) before we see any kind of collection where there’s a Kors/Choo collab, the news is shaking up the fashion world. And footwear fiends are surely dreaming up what a hybrid shoe between these two fashion houses could look like. Oh, to dream.