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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067092363X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670923632
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wonderfully bling. Fans of Sex and the City will love this memoir - perfect for grown-up fashionistas. A dose of riches-to-rags-to-riches reality (Sunday Times)

Brilliant memoir of the genius who created the world's sexiest shoes (Mail on Sunday)

A glorious, compelling story. Mellon is a practitioner of radical honesty (Times Magazine)

Mesmerising. A juicy and honest memoir from one of the most successful self-made British businesswoman of her generation. (Financial Times)

Part memoir, part MBA masterclass, this is an impressively erudite and candid autobiography. Reads like a Danielle Steel novel, only way more incredible - and glamorous (Glamour UK)

For every bit of juicy backstabbing gossip, there is a handy morsel of MBA-lite to wash it down. A voyeuristic joy from start to finish (Harper's Bazaar UK)

Compulsively candid, rip-roaringly readable autobiography (Telegraph Weekend)

A lesson about an alchemist who won applause by being prepared to fashion a brand out of a stylish product and female chutzpah (The Economist)

Compelling. A fascinating journey (Hello!)

A roller-coaster of a read ... fascinating (Management Today)

It's a testament to Tamara's fighting spirit, and astonishing ability to retain a sense of humour, that the book reads more like an epic adventure than a maudlin Greek tragedy (Red)

The tell-all memoir takes us behind the glitzy ad campaigns and Vogue spreads...[and] chronicles how Mellon fought to keep hold of the brand she created (Metro)

About the Author

Tamara Mellon OBE is the cofounder and the former CEO and chief creative officer of Jimmy Choo, which she led for fifteen years. Since selling her share of the company, she has focused on creating a new eponymous lifestyle brand. She divides her time between London and New York.

William Patrick has cowritten numerous memoirs, including Sidney Poitier's number-one bestseller The Measure of a Man.


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Nancy Buckland on 7 Oct. 2013
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As a huge fashion fan I was really looking forward to this book. I visited the first Jimmy Choo store in London in 1999 and a few more over the years, and have read countless articles about the seemingly glossy and almost perfect lifestyle of Tamara Mellon. This book was such a revelation as it completely lifted the cover on all that gloss and told the real story. Money can't buy you a happy childhood, and the one that Tamara experienced I wouldn't swap mine in working class Liverpool for anything. The continuing theme in the book is her love and respect for her father, who helped her start the Jimmy Choo label as we know it today. This is not a story just out of Hello magazine, it contains all the boardroom backstabbing in great detail. I learned a lot about Tamara - that nothing stops her from working, that her daughter is her priority, and that even though she did start with the financial backing of her father she turned that £150,000 investment into a £100 million dollar company. Not bad for a girl who didn't pass her 'O' levels! Not once are we asked to show sympathy or empathise, this lady is hard on herself, too. I couldn't put this book down and I hope the the Tamara Mellon brand will go on to achieve great things. My only wish? That there had been more photos. But apart from that, it's a fabulous read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By victoria on 25 Oct. 2013
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I downloaded this and read it in a couple of days - it's a real page turner - very interesting if you are keen to learn more about the origins of the Jimmy Choo brand and anyone with a passion for shoes will enjoy reading about the style influences, etc but what is truly fascinating is the insight you get into what it was like for Tamara as a female owner/founder raising PE investment - this lady is a smart cookie and has been through the mill several times - her personal strength is to be admired - I can't wait to see what great things come from her new venture aptly and sensibly named - Tamara Mellon
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne H. Jensenchatroux on 23 Oct. 2013
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This is easily one of the best books I have read in a while! It is so rare to come by a women who is willing to be that open and vulnerable while not catering to the male establishment. Tamara is telling a bunch of truths about doing business in our male dominated world. Many of us have had some of the same experiences but few of us tell the truth about it out of fear of the backlash it creates. Thank you Tamara for starting a conversation that is desperately needed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Spokes on 22 Oct. 2013
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I have admired Ms Mellon since I was a teenager (I even share her first name, though I wasn't named after her) and Jimmy Choo is one of my all time favourite designer labels, so when I found out she was releasing a memoir, I was thrilled. I waited two and half months to read the book, since it was pre ordered, and I read, or rather devoured, this book in two days. I had a lump in my throat the size of Calcutta when I could finally bring myself to put it down.

I can only describe this book as an absolutely incredible read, and you really do feel like she is sitting there with you, telling you her story! I was blown away by the bravery and resiliency she showed in sharing some of her experiences, especially those involving her turbulent relationship with her mother. Not once is the reader asked to sympathise with her, and her prose is honest and believable. I was also quite moved by reading how she talked about her late father, and enjoyed reading about the way he helped her get on her feet in business, and about the close relationship they shared. I also liked the way she didn't dwell too much on her personal life, unlike some other celebrity memoirs I could mention.

This book also goes some way to inform readers about the pitfalls of running and owning a business, and showed you that the fashion world isn't always the glamorous world that it is made out to be. I really felt that I learnt some valuable lessons about the fashion industry from reading this book, and some of this information could be useful to people thinking about starting their own business, as well.

Of course,I couldn't finish this review without mentioning The wonderful William Patrick, Tamara's writing partner on this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lise on 12 Nov. 2013
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I really enjoyed the journey of Tamara's life - an honest perspective of the trails and tribulations of the business world of fashion.
I was a fashion shoe buyer and could related to many aspects.
I love that that I am not alone in believing that the "suits" do struggle with the fact that fashion is not a rational business - a concrete everlasting formula to just roll out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By caz on 20 July 2014
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This was utterly me, me me. The poor girl was only offered £100k by her father for her wedding and had to find the rest herself! Incidentally, that was a further $400k!!
She berates her partners for finding her self centred and vain but I can't imagine she put in the hours most of us working in the fashion industry have done over the years, with San Lorenzo to go to each night etc.

Having run two design business's-I wouldn't have wanted a partner like Ms Mellon and can see why each of the private equity partners was keen to see her off! She was more interested in her own brand of Tamara than her team.

This is badly written at best but a great insight in to a woman I had more respect for before reading her book! Not a job well done!
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