Tamara Yeardye was born in London, England in July 1967. She started her career at Phyllis Walters Public Relations and became an accessories editor for British Vogue in 1990. By 2001 the company had more than 100 wholesale clients that included Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Harvey Nichols, and Harrods.
Mrs Mellon gave an extraordinary account of her ex-husband, Matthew Mellon, a man she said was incapable of reading a comic and needed a nanny to get through life.Despite divorcing in 2005 amid claims that Matthew had hired an investigator to hack into her computer (he was later acquitted), she maintains that there’s no bitterness between them and that Minty, now 11, has equal access to both parents. You must be honest with children or they begin to blame themselves.’In Mellon’s autobiography , which came out last October, she describes her experiences at the helm of Jimmy Choo as ‘like a love affair in which your partner has cheated on you, physically abused you, and then run off with another woman’.The book, which reads like the best kind of Hollywood blockbuster, includes no-holds-barred accounts of being stabbed in the back by trusted employees and sued this way and that; and it reveals a bitter feud with her mother, whom Mellon’s therapist called a ‘sociopath’ and who tried to portray her daughter as immoral when Mellon took her to court in 2009 in a dispute over company shares.In 2010 she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire.Her book In My Shoes: A Memoir was published in 2013.