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People leave their jobs every day. But Tamara Mellon's departure from Jimmy Choo is not your typical decided-to-change-it-up story. Mellon cofounded the company in 1996 and saw the brand through Choo's contentious departure. She's also credited for helping the brand grow and become a worldwide success, which was solidified when the company was sold to Labelux for $800 million earlier this year. Mellon, who is Chief Creative Officer, and CEO Joshua Shulman are leaving the company, and neither will retain any shares, which is unusual. So until we get more solid info on exactly why Mellon is leaving, let's amuse ourselves with some speculation about what she's going to do next.
1. Start a beauty brand.
Mellon is a mainstay in beauty magazines talking about her love of products, and she cast herself as the face of Jimmy Choo's eponymous perfume. A beauty brand would be a great next step, especially if her departure from Choo required a promise that she wouldn't start a rival shoe company or accessories line.
2. Get into consulting.
Mellon already does some consulting as a member of a British entrepreneur group that advises the Conservative party on business matters. But now that she's a free agent perhaps Mellon will go all Carine Roitfeld and consult for various brands without committing to any particular one. She already has the contacts, it wouldn't be difficult, and it would play up her strengths as a businesswoman.
3. Go to Moda Operandi.
The new company has already snagged boldface fashion names Taylor Tomasi-Hill and Roopal Patel, so Mellon would be the jewel in their crown.