5 careers lessons we’ve learnt from Tamara Mellon

Tamara Mellon is one super successful business wonder woman. She is the co-founder of Jimmy Choo where she made millions. She has since left the brand to go it alone. Right now we’re celebrating the career lessons she’s taught us.

News has just broken that Tamara Mellon, 48, has come out of a 60 day period of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This means that she’s firmly back on the safe ground in the fashion world. We’re excited to see what’s next for the Tamara Mellon empire, after it’s just secured some new investors. Tamara said that this “allows us to transition our business model to focus on direct sales to customers via online platforms and company-operated stores,” reports WWD.

Here are 5 things Tamara has taught us about the world of work.

1. She tells it like it is

British-born Tamara was quoted recently in The Daily Telegraph saying that her former investors have “no experience in luxury or fashion or creative industries” and “don’t know a stiletto from a Cornetto”. Wow!

2. Tamara knows when to walk away

Tamara was the president and co-founder of Jimmy Choo until she walked away in 2011. She sold her stake for £85m! Since leaving Tamara has bounced back, starting her own ecommerce site – tamaramellon.com.

3. She has self-belief

Speaking to InStyle, Tamara said that the best piece of advice she can give to aspiring entrepreneurs is – “You need to believe in yourself, number one. No matter what anybody says to you, believe in yourself.” Good advice, we say!

4. She takes risks

Tamara may have had a rollercoaster career journey, but she has a strong business head. Speaking to InStyle she said: “You also have to have the ability to take risks. You have to have the stomach for risk.”

5. Dress to impress

Tamara is one very stylish businesswoman. She’s up there with Natalie Massenet and Kelly Hoppen. No matter whether she is walking the red carpet of the office hallway, Tamara no doubt always looks polished.

Now what?