Jimmy Choo boss Tamara Mellon has received an OBE for her services to Britain's fashion industry.
The shoe tycoon - who co-founded the exclusive footwear company in 1996 and now owns a fifth of The Firm as well as being its president - was given the honour yesterday (20.10.10) and admitted she is thrilled that her work has been recognised.
Referring to her OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), she said: "I am so thrilled to be receiving this great honour and to be recognised in this way. I am grateful to everyone at Jimmy Choo - and our customers around the globe - for helping make our success possible. While our brand has global reach, the roots and heritage of Jimmy Choo are uniquely British so I am especially pleased and proud of this honour."
Tamara - who wore a polka-dot outfit by Dolce & Gabbana, Fedora hat, fur snood and a pair of Jimmy Choos to receive her medal from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace - started The Company with shoemaker Jimmy Choo using a small loan from her father.
The former accessories editor for Vogue magazine recently revealed she has no plans to step down from her role as president of the company.
She said: "I'm not going anywhere. There is too much future growth in the business for me to leave now. We're looking at all the different options available to us and it's hard to know which is preferable until we've really examined them all."