We recently discovered that Jessie Randall, founder of accessories line Loeffler Randall®, a Label We Love, has a thing for Coach Taylor. And spicy chicken kabobs. And, of course, shoes (admittedly, we already knew that part…just not to what extent). Her personal style is refreshingly unstudied—California cool with a downtown New York edge—and a lot like the shoes she designs. In a nutshell, she’s not girlish or gritty, just somewhere in that wonderful, multihued place in between.
We tagged along with her for a day, visiting two places she spends quite a bit of time: her Soho studio office (Coach Taylor’s mug is hanging on the fridge) and nearby restaurant Jack’s Wife Freda (Randall always orders the spicy kabobs).
This Brooklyn resident’s dressing MO is based around three infinitely easy pieces: a comfy tee, a great pair of jeans and an eye-catching shoe. She also invests in statement jackets and bags—an urban dressing philosophy that has a great track record (though she really does put her own unique spin on the whole thing with that gorgeous blonde hair and a bold red lip). And speaking of a red lip, a swipe of lipstick happens to be her go-to finishing touch right now. “It brightens these dreary end-of-winter days,” she says. Another way she’s coping with the cold? Topping off a denim jacket with a leather bomber (clearly, she speaks our sartorial language).
Randall’s studio is piled high with shoes, of course, and all the inspiration you might expect to find at a creative HQ: mood boards, samples and well-dressed staffers, to name a few. Randall is a self-professed shoe obsessive and told us, “I can never get shoes out of my head.” Adding handbags and wallets to her line in 2012 seemed inevitable, given her appreciation for detail. “I love the way accessories are the punctuation mark on any outfit.”
While working on this recent collection, Randall looked toward the island of Capri, a spot that has a special place in her heart—it’s where she honeymooned with her husband and they just revisited for their 10-year wedding anniversary. “The perforations on the Sawyer Sandals, for example, were inspired by nets used by fishermen on the island.” Now, if only we could spend another day with Randall, test-driving this shoe at its source.