10 Minutes With: Jimmy Choo

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A couple of weeks back I was invited to a VERY special event; the Malaysia Festival 2016 in Trafalgar Square where I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview the LEGEND that is Jimmy Choo! When I received the email I was absolutely so overwhelmed that my career as a full time blogger had led me to interview such a wonderful, inspiring and incredibly successful man! It was a real pinch-me moment and if i'm being completely honest, it was one of the top highlights of my career as a blogger. Heck the top highlight; I won't lie to you it was INCREDIBLE! I put together some well thought out questions that I was eager to pick Jimmy's brains on; since relaunching this blog to a luxury online magazine; one of the main things I wanted to focus on was career advice and tips. I'd love to be able to share my knowledge; along with knowledge from successful figures, in the hope that it will inspire you to follow your dreams; because after all, you're the one that actually gets to live out your OWN DREAM, no-one else's!
 I ASKED JIMMY HIS TOP FIVE TIPS ON HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR CAREER - HERE'S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY...

1.) Know what you're doing - "I think if you want your business to be successful, you have to know what you're doing; make sure you know your goal, keep doing and keep following. I think when you first start out, it's very difficult, nobody starts and is immediately successful. You always have to be one step ahead, coming up with new ideas that no-one else is doing yet."

2.) Be kind - "It's really important to be kind, to treat people with respect and how you want to be treated. It doesn't hurt to be kind, and in turn, people will act kind back. It's something that I stick by when it comes to business and life."

3.) Network - "I think that networking is very important, with people now everything is online, everyone is shopping online, everyone is searching online, it's a very powerful platform. Like a lot of people say; it's not what you know, it's who you know, it's important to network with as many people along the way as you can as you never know what that relationship might lead to or what door it might open."

4.) Always say yes - 'Always say yes to any opportunity, especially when you are starting out as you never know where it may lead or who you may meet along the way that could in turn, help you out in the future."

5.) Promote - "Promote when and where you can. I personally help to promote my country; Malaysia and the emerging talent as we have some very successful designers. And like you, you would promote your business, across Facebook, across the internet and word of mouth. I think it's very important that we talk and share what we are passionate about.

I also was lucky enough to chat with Jimmy about Malaysian fashion as he was very passionate about supporting up and coming designers; he was excited that Malaysia have their own fashion week and see's it as the future hub for emerging talent! Oh, and if you're ever in Malaysia, be sure to check out some of Jimmy's favourite food dishes; chicken rice, satay and Laksa (a spicy noodle Peranakan dish - I tried it in Singapore and it's delicious!).


A huge, huge, thank you to the guys at Malaysia Festival, and the lovely Sarah and David for helping to set up and organise this interview - it really was a highlight of my career and I'll be forever grateful that I got to meet; let alone interview a walking legend!

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What are your top tips when it comes to business? Do you have any advice to add to what Jimmy had to say? Anything we need to make note of?

10 Comments

  1. The Purley Girly 6th October 2016 / 10:19 am

    Oh I am so jealous that you got to meet the man himself – I LOVE his shoes. I completely agree with him about always being kind, I always think it will get you far in life, and you will have no regrets over how you treat people.

    • Hayley 6th October 2016 / 2:20 pm

      Same, he’s such a wonderful designer! Definitely love, it doesn’t hurt to be kind! I’m a massive believer of karma too, and I think that you get back what you put out into the universe! x

  2. Jayd Alice 6th October 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Oh wow, what an amazing opportunity Hayley. You should be so proud! I really love his tips as well, definitely setting me up with some much needed motivation today x

    Always, Alice

    • Hayley 6th October 2016 / 2:22 pm

      Thank you lovely one, it really was a proud moment! So glad to hear that lovely; we all need to hear it from time to time! x

  3. Kara 6th October 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Great tips from a great man! I think people forget how important networking is (and should be taught at school! Skills will help you keep the job but networking gets you so far in life).

    You lucky thing meeting him, beaut post! xx

    • Hayley 7th October 2016 / 10:42 am

      Couldn’t agree more love – as bloggers we practically live off of networking, it’s such an important skill! Thank you lovely – it was a great day! x

    • Hayley 7th October 2016 / 10:43 am

      Isn’t it just?! Was SO surreal meeting him! Same, it’s such a yummy dish – love the slight spice to it! x

  4. Suze - Luxury Columnist 8th October 2016 / 11:23 pm

    Jimmy has come up with such great tips, I agree that networking and being kind are absolutely key. It must have been amazing to meet him

    • Hayley 10th October 2016 / 7:27 pm

      It really was Suze, a dream come true to meet such an icon! x

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