Anorak | Tamara Mellon On Jimmy Choo, Mr Mellon Head And Her Therpay Bashing Mother

Tamara Mellon On Jimmy Choo, Mr Mellon Head And Her Therpay Bashing Mother

by | 19th, October 2013


IN My Shoes: a Memoir by Tamara Mellon with William Patrick, tell the story if the woman who helped Malaysian cobbler Jimmy Choo become a to-die-for brand of the well-heeled. The book might be subtitled Putting Leboutin (geddit?) because Mellon has a few bon mots about her business partners and lovers.

A few highlights from her chat with the Times’s Stefanie Marsh:

She tweeted:

“In the New Year. I will give interviews and talk about the MONSTER Private Equity has become and the VULTURES that operate in it.”

La Mellon is absolutely rolling in monster money ever since the PE vultures gave her loads of it for Mr Choo’s label. She added:

“Looking forward to revealing my experience of private equity’s abhorrent greed.”

When is greed not abhorrent?

Writes Tamara of her ex-husband Matthew Mellon, now toiling as Chairman of the New York Republican Party’s Finance Committee.

“I was in the office every day, working very hard and Matthew had nothing but free time on his hands, and I’d come home and find him freebasing in the kitchen.” 

How’s that political career coming along, Matt, which is, incidentally, something you wipe your shoes on?

Says Tamara:

“I’m past the point of caring. For me, telling the truth has been so important because I had to keep so many secrets when I was young. It’s such a relief to tell the truth and not have any shame… When you grow up in that kind of alcoholic environment, you have a lot of shame about who you are, about your family – you think that everybody else is better than you. And now I just have no shame.”

The mega-rich are so very self-limiting.

Mellon was still living in her parents’ Belgravia basement when she landed a job at Vogue; simultaneously she started taking lots of drugs at nightclubs with people such as Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. Her mother’s “greatest perversity”, Mellon says, “was in watching me follow the same path of chemical dependency and never saying a word”.

Do we like Tamara’s mum?

“I wanted other women to read this because, having done the research on this, what happens to young girls when they have a narcissistic mother is they take one of two paths. They either go down the road of drug addiction or they become over-achievers and that’s it. And so if I could help anyone by telling my story, that’s what I wanted to do.” When Tamara rang her mother to tell her she was in rehab, her mother said, “This is not our cup of tea,” and hung up.

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