Choo passes on his skills for charity


Sound advice: Dr Miyagawa with Choo at a lecture where he shared his experiences as well as his connection with Japan.

Sound advice: Dr Miyagawa with Choo at a lecture where he shared his experiences as well as his connection with Japan.

KUALA LUMPUR: The best way to help others is to share knowledge and skills, says fashion designer Datuk Jimmy Choo.

Drawing on his experience in designing shoes to help victims affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2014, Choo said it was important to pass on skills when engaging in philanthropic work.

“Anyone can donate money but we don’t see where the money goes to.

“However, if I can design something for them, they can use my skills, my knowledge, my ideas and carry it on, to sell to others,” he said after a lecture at Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa’s residence here yesterday.

Choo was invited by the envoy to give a special lecture on his experience as a haute couture shoe designer and the charity work he has been involved with.

The celebrity designer had sourced for material such as Aizu cotton and Kawamata silk which are native to the disaster-hit region to be designed into shoes.

The Penang-born Choo, who is involved in charity work for causes such as AIDS and breast cancer, said he enjoyed working with youths and nurturing their talent.

“Education to me is very important to train young people who want to learn how to design shoes and dresses.

“A lot of young people are much smarter than me. The only thing is that they do not have the experience, what I’ve gone through.

“So I like to work with them and share my ideas,” he said.

“My philosophy is that we need more designers working together - it doesn’t matter who you are or which nation you are from.

“I too learnt the skills from my father – all the art, tradition and culture.

“If you don’t learn (these skills), soon it will disappear,” Choo said.

Choo is currently involved in promoting the Malaysia Fashion Week 2018, adding that he would feature and promote some young designers during the event.

“These are people who may find it difficult to have their own (fashion) shows.

“Our show will showcase them, as long as they have good ideas and skills,” he said.

Jimmy Choo