We’ve been completely addicted to Loeffler Randall’s sleek, inventive shoes and bags since, oh, around 2005, when Jessie Randall launched the line with her husband/business partner Brian Murphy. We touched base with the Brooklyn-based creative director (and—overachiever alert—mother of three) to get the scoop on all things Loeffler Randall® (including the romantic origins of the brand’s name).
Where did the Loeffler in Loeffler Randall come from?
Loeffler is my middle name (a family name) and Randall is my last name. When we were thinking about names for our company, my husband cut up the program he had designed for our wedding and laid the “Loeffler Randall” from my name in the footbed of one of our shoes and it just looked right.
What five words would you use to describe Loeffler Randall?
Understated, chic, modern, self-confident and timeless.
What is your favorite item in your fall collection?
I love our new minaudière. I love to dress it down with jeans, but it can go out at night too.
Is there a piece from your first collection that you still find yourself wearing?
I still wear my trusty Matilde boots. They are a standby for me because they are comfortable and give any outfit the right mix of polish and laid-back attitude.
Do you have a style motto for yourself? For your company?
My style motto is to be authentic to my own personal sense of style and to always be comfortable while at the same time looking chic. That personal motto goes for our company too.
What’s one material you’d love to work with? And what’s one that you would never, ever use?
I’d love to design leather jackets some day, so maybe leather for apparel. I’d also love to work with neoprene. In terms of raw materials, I have a “never say never” approach. Right now I feel like I would never use pearlized leathers, but again, but you just never know…
What in your neighborhood inspires you?
My house. I love being at home in my pretty, quiet neighborhood of Park Slope in Brooklyn. It’s my retreat where I can be with family and work on personal creative projects like crafts for my kids or the little gifts I make for family and friends.
What music has been playing in your studio recently?
Some really bad music. We seriously need a new Pandora station going on in here.
If Loeffler Randall were a fruit, what kind would it be?
Maybe an apple: crisp, classic and a little bit sweet.