Tamara Mellon describes next steps

The Jimmy Choo founder opens up

One of the most-watched women in fashion has offered up hints about her plans for the future.

Nearly a year after stepping down from her founder’s role at Jimmy Choo, Tamara Mellon revealed that she intends to write a nonfiction book, establish a women’s rights foundation and—Choo lovers will be glad to know—launch a new ‘fashion venture’.

‘Fashion is what I know,’ Mellon told the New York Times.

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Mellon founded Jimmy Choo in 1996 and built it into a £525.5 million business before departing in 2011 due to what she described as disagreements with the new ownership’s management structures. A noncompete agreement with Jimmy Choo bars Mellon from launching any new ventures until February 2013.

‘It was the best thing for me to have a forced rest,’ she said. Although she wouldn’t go into detail about her project, it is widely expected to be a lifestyle and fashion brand, and may bear Mellon’s name. ‘I’d rather take the risk and have a new challenge.’

Mellon added that she plans to establish her own women’s rights foundation in the mould of Tory Burch’s charitable organisation. As for the book, it’s not a novel, manifesto or business how-to handbook. It’s an ‘entrepreneur story,’ and will publish in 2013.

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