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Category: Holiday, LR Loves, Press

 

Garance Dore knows that despite what she's been told, all that glitters is not necessarily gold - she featured the Joanna oxford in silver metallic. Give the gift of shimmer and shine this holiday season.

 

Published 12/16/2012 By Loeffler Randall

Honestly WTF x LR Holiday DIY

Category: Collaborations, DIY, Holiday

 

Honestly WTF has combined their crafting powers with Loeffler Randall, collaborating on some seriously adorable boot stuffers which were conceptualized over breakast by our own craft queen Jessie Randall. These boot stuffers are perfectly practical and cute with handmade pom-poms and great for keeping your favorite pairs tall and tidy when not in use. Best of all, they're simple to create (sewing machine not required!) and make a perfect customizeable gift for your boot-loving buddies. Visit HonestlyWTF for the full tutorial.

 

 

Published 12/5/2012 By Loeffler Randall

12 Items x 12 Days x 50% Off

Category: Holiday, News

Tune in to Twitter tomorrow at 7am EST for the announcement of our first of 12 December discounts!

 

A special gift to you! This December, for 12 days only, we're discounting one Loeffler Randall item each day at 50% off for 24hrs.* Follow @LoefflerRandall on Twitter #LR12Discount to be the first to know about our daily deal, announced each morning at 7am EST. Supplies are limited so we encourage you to act quickly!

 

Here's wishing you peace and happiness this holiday and throughout the New Year from the entire Loeffler Randall family.

 

*Loeffler Randall will discount one item to 50% off of the retail price each day from December 1st to Dec 12th 2012. Each discount valid for 24 hours only (from 7am to 6:59am EST the following day) or while supplies last. Cannot be combined with other promotions. Not valid on returns or exchanges. No price adjustments on previous purchases.

 

Published 11/30/2012 By Loeffler Randall

Meet Felix

Category: Holiday, News

 

Meet the Felix stacked heel bootie. Felix is the new year-round closet staple for every girl - incredibly wearable and insanely pratical with just about any look. It's the one little zip bootie we all have on our wish lists for this holiday season! Felix comes in daring embossed milk lizard printed leather or supersitiously charming black leather, both with signature silver zip closure at the back. So, do you feel lucky yet?

 

Published 11/20/2012 By Loeffler Randall

Major markdowns you won't want to miss

Category: Holiday, News

 

Deals and discounts that should not go unnoticed! A handful of our most coveted Fall and Pre-Fall shoes and handbags are now reduced 30%

 

Lustworthy items like the Mini cross-body bag in radiant red leopard, sky high Lucie wedges, and even our revolutionary Riley boots are now on sale! Not to mention, even further reductions on our Spring merchandise! 

 

Heads will turn this holiday season when you step out in your new LR shoes and accessories

 

Happy Shopping!

 

Published 11/15/2012 By Loeffler Randall

Happy Mother's Day x 2

Category: Holiday, LR Loves

Mother's Day is a very special holiday at Loeffler Randall. At last count, the LR kids definitely outnumbered LR staffers. We wanted to share our very favorite Mother's Day submission from our HR Director, Kristy Hurt. Kristy fills us in on her Mother's Day plans and why this year is extra special for her family.

 

[family portrait by Anna Moller]


Mother's Day is really special in our family because we are a two mom family. It's kind of like Christmas and Hanukkah (we celebrate both) - another fun opportunity to give and receive. We usually make gifts and cards with the kids to give to one another for Mother's Day. We have 4 year old twins and a 1 year old so they still need a bit of help! But this year I found a really cute heart necklace with the word "mama" stamped on it. It's perfect for my partner Natalie because she is "mama" to the kids and I am "mommy." We are finally getting married this summer!


We live in Brooklyn and we'll be keeping our Mother's Day celebration local this year. The new JJ Byrne park just opened up so we'll probably spend the day checking out the new playground, eating lunch at the Mile End Delicatessen, one of our favorite lunch spots, and having some frozen yogurt at Culture - a highlight for all of us.


We're expecting a gorgeous weekend. I will definitely be wearing my black Lotte clogs because they go with everything and they are super comfortable!

 

Published 5/13/2012 By Loeffler Randall

2011 DIY Holiday - Christene Barberich

Category: Collaborations, Holiday, How We Wear It, LR Loves

No trend gets the best of Christene Barberich. With a sharp editorial eye, she cuts trends down to size and sets the example for owning your look. For the grand finale in our holiday DIY series we catch up with the impeccably styled Refinery 29 Editor-In-Chief for her tips on holiday dressing and how to choose the perfect one-of-a-kind gift. An expert at making vintage look modern, Christene takes us on a treasure hunt to her favorite neighborhood shops, Mafalda and Bright Lyons (Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn) where she never has to dig to find gold.

 

Our last giveway of the season is a good one - you can enter for the chance to win Christene's hand-picked vintage gifts (pictured below), including a set of Alexander Girard printed pillows (from Bright Lyons) and a rich burgundy eel skin clutch (from Mafalda) along with a $50 Loeffler Randall Gift Card.  Just enter your email address on our facebook page.

 

Photos by Anna Moller

 

 

Job: Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29

Lives in: Brooklyn, NY (Boerum Hill, to be exact)

Star sign: Sagittarius

Wearing: LR Edith platform pump in yellow snake along with vintage Celine pants, a vintage silk button-down, and the first black coat is by Dries van Noten, the second fur-collared coat is vintage from Mafalda.

 

What do you like best about your Edith pumps?

Christene Barberich: They are high AND super comfortable. I am just not one of those girls who can forfeit walking...I always just have too much running around to do!


Describe your style philosophy.

CB: I wouldn't say I really have one. My style is so dependent on my mood, one day it can be very pared back and minimal, the next a bit over-the-top. I suppose  the one thing that connects everything I wear is vintage. I am very selective in the vintage that I buy...it's never tatty or old-looking. It has to be impeccable quality and feel very modern. I think that's the trick to integrating good vintage into your wardrobe without looking like you're stuck in the past.

 

What is your favorite decade for design?

CB: Hands-down, the early '70s. Everything from that period really speaks to me, from the music and the high-waisted flares to the cars and modernist houses. If I could wear long flowing maxi "hostess" dresses every day of my life, I'd be a very happy girl.

 

Do you venture out to places like Mafalda or Bright Lyons looking for specific items or do you like to keep an open mind?

CB: Always keep an open mind. I find that when I go in search of something specific like the perfect denim vest or an Arts + Crafts book, I never find it. I love to be surprised...for me, that's what makes shopping at vintage and second-hand stores so much fun.

 

 

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Your impossible dream — any specific item that you would kill to get your hands on?

CB: Well Paul Bright from Bright Lyons has got me newly obsessed with vintage Alexander Girard wall hangings, so I've been searching for one of those but in the right red/orange/pink/colorway. And as far as fashion goes, I'm currently hunting down the perfect pair of black leather loafers. But I will probably buy those new since I plan on wearing them for a long, long time.

 

Junk vs. Gem — what are your rules for assessing vintage?

CB: It's really important to inspect an item inside and out. I never buy anything that seems to be falling apart or disintegrating in any critical area, like a lining or interior frame. If a repair seems simple, and I really love the piece, I'll buy it. If I'm on the fence about something, usually with price, I always ask myself, "Will I never find this piece again?" If the answer is yes, I always buy it. I can't bare to have regret later on that I missed out on something epic like a Rudi Gernreich bra and let it slip through my fingers.

 

Any tips for festive dressing?

CB: You know, I read a quote from Chris Benz in a women's magazine recently where he was saying it was really predictable to wear a party dress to a party. And I couldn't agree more. Holiday dressing is all about FEELING festive through your makeup, accessories, the details. You just trim yourself and keep the outfit part simple and elegant. My idea of the perfect holiday outfit is a pair of killer palazzo pants, a shimmery tank-top, very high-heels, a bright red lip and maybe some vintage rhinestone earrings or a wide gold cuff. Divine.

 

Where is your favorite place to spend the holidays?

CB: Home. Going out of town during the holidays is much too stressful for me...I like to be quiet, clean and organize from the year passed, and get ready to start the new year on fresh footing...that's generally my holiday M.O.

 

Personal slogan, words to live by, daily mantra?

CB: "Even in dreams, good works are not wasted." A quote from Pedro Calderon de la Barca. It reminds me that I must always be trying to be a better me, a better friend, a better creative person and leader, a better partner. I never want to rest on my laurels. Ever.

 

 

 

Christene's Gift Guide:


What kinds of gifts do you like to give?

CB: Gifts that take someone by surprise and offer something they didn't even know they wanted. I am also partial to small and sentimental, too.

 

What kind of gifts do you like to receive?

CB: All of the above. And I love homemade cards. My fiance is really good at those.


What is your critereia for choosing a gift?

CB: If I feel like I would love to get it, then I know I'm on the right track. And I try never to be lazy in gift-giving. I get out there and make the effort to price compare and really find the GEM.


Your best gift-giving tip?

CB: For me, it's really fun to go to M + J Trimmings and find special ribbons and things for wrapping gifts. I have a short list of people who get gifts that are very specially wrapped, and I think making that little extra effort really makes a difference and warms the heart.

 

Fail-safe secret Santa gift?

CB: A vintage-but-mint book focused on a topic of interest. And I love an amazing vintage rhinestone broach or bracelet.

 

Appropriate re-gifts?

CB: Makeup sets (unopened, of course), wine and anything else that seems like it just might not have found the right home (yet).


Charities or service-minded gifts?

CB: I always donate to Mercy Corps and the ASPCA...all those beautiful animals out there need some hope for the holidays, too.

 

 

Published 12/13/2011 By Loeffler Randall

2011 DIY Holiday - Eleanor Friedberger

Category: Holiday, LR Loves

Eleanor Friedberger has always stolen the show, according to us. But when the sister half of LR favorite band The Fiery Furnaces debuted her irresistable first solo album, Last Summer, earlier this year, it sealed the deal. We knew that we had to meet. For the third installation in our holiday DIY series, we catch up with Eleanor, half-way between Austin and Lisbon, in the place she now calls home - Brooklyn.  She tells us a bit about how she gets into the holiday spirit along with tips for crafting her ultimate gift - the mix tape.  "If anyone takes the time to make me a mix tape and there's even one song I like or connect with, it's a great gift. It's still how I discover new music, and it's the best way."

 

Enjoy Eleanor's wintery soundtrack below, her favorite songs to cozy up to the fireplace with, compiled just for us.  And if you are as big of a fan as we are, you will want to enter for the chance to win a collection of winter records selected by Eleanor, along with a signed copy of her Last Summer LP and a $50 Loeffler Randall Gift Card. Visit our facebook page to enter.

 

Photos by Anna Moller

 

 

Job: Musician

Lives in: Brooklyn, NY

Star sign: Virgo

Wearing: Nadia espadrille bootie

 

Describe your style / What do you like to wear when performing, traveling and relaxing?

Eleanor Friedberger: It tends to get very jumbled, but I definitely go through phases of wearing the same thing over and over again — that usually centers around one or two favorite pieces. I recently bought a black jacket with embroidered stars and moons that I've been wearing both on and off stage. I'm typing this from an airport lounge and right now I'm wearing something I'd never wear on stage — actually that's not true — I've worn this sweater on stage once. I bought it at the Brooklyn Flea. I'm also wearing Keds, which I've been wearing on stage lately instead of my usual cowboy boots. I bought them to go with a white tuxedo I wore in a video for the song "Heaven." They go with everything. And I'm wearing leggings I just bought on sale at Creatures of Comfort, the day after Thanksgiving. I went around to a few of my favorite stores for the sales; something I haven't done in years. And under the sweater I've got on a Ben Sherman striped shirt I stole from my ex-boyfriend. This is the first time I've flown in leggings. Why have I been depriving myself this comfort for so many years?!


What do you like best about the Nadia espadrille bootie?

EF: They make me very tall! And I love the contrast of textures; the unconventional espadrille heel with the leather.


What are your favorite cities to perform in and why?

EF: We just played in London and Lisbon last week; definitely two of my favorite places to play. London feels very familiar and Lisbon feels very exotic. Both venues were special; an old, working men's club in London and an ornate, mirrored room with frescoed ceilings in Lisbon. The space certainly helps the mood.

 

Who do you collaborate with?

EF: I've been collaborating with my brother in the Fiery Furnaces for about 10 years, but I wrote my new album on my own. But writing is just the first step and there are new collaborations at every step along the way. I recorded with a producer, Eric Broucek and now I'm playing with a new band, rearranging the songs to play live, and luckily, that changes from show to show. Collaborating is the fun part of playing music; it's never a lonely job!

 

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Does your creative process differ from one song to another?

EF: Absolutely, but I almost always start with words and work out the music afterwards. I wrote most of this album on a keyboard, which was new for me, and lately I've been writing songs on a guitar just so they'll be easier to play live with the band. It's important to keep changing your method and to keep playing new games with yourself.

 

Your album is full of New York stories — where is left for you to explore in this city?

EF: Everywhere! Whenever I come home from being on tour, even if it's just for a week, I feel like my neighborhood has changed. I still haven't taken the new East River ferry and that stops just a few blocks from my house. I get a strange amount of pleasure out of running the most mundane errands on my bike. I went to a Middle Eastern grocery store on Atlantic Avenue for the first time recently and got caught in the rain; even that felt like an exotic trip. This week I'm hoping to play tennis at the indoor courts in Flushing, maybe try a new restaurant after. It's good to feel like a tourist at home.


Favorite NYC spots during the holidays?

EF: I'm still a sucker for walking around Central Park, watching dogs and bundled-up kids. But even Greenpoint is doing its part; there are giant snowflakes hanging from intersections. It's hard not to get swept up in the holiday spirit when there are Christmas trees for sale on nearly every corner.

 

Do you collect anything?

EF: I try hard not to collect anything because touring provides such a great temptation to shop. I found an old matchbook collection of my grandmother's; it's quite large considering they're all from early 80s South Florida restaurants. I'm not doing a great job of keeping that one going, but I do have a decent collection of 70s interior design books and a stupid amount of second-hand clothes.

 

What are your favorite sounds?

EF: I like New York street noises that I can recognize without looking out the window: the sound of the Fed Ex truck's engine idling, the wrought iron gate squeaking open with the mailman, the thud of the unwanted coupons thrown on the stoop, the knife-sharpener ringing his bell down my street; I've never taken my knives out to be sharpened but I like to know that he's there.


 

What are the elements of a great mix tape?

EF: I like to have some kind of theme with my mixes. I think this one should be called "Sitting by the fire with a bottle of wine, either alone or with a loved one, ignoring the impending responsibilities that come along with the holidays." But totally random is fine too. If anyone takes the time to make me a mix tape and there's even one song I like or connect with, it's a great gift. It's still how I discover new music, and it's the best way.

 

How do you get into the holiday spirit?

EF: Alcohol, cooking and a few decorations usually do the trick. Even something as simple as throwing down a red tablecloth or putting out a few extra candles helps. But since I'm going home to Chicago this year, I won't be buying a tree; hopefully my mom will wait for me to help decorate hers. We'll eat and drink far too much, and most likely, feel very jolly.


What kinds of gifts do you like to give?

EF: I try to be pragmatic with family and frivolous with friends.


What kinds of gifts do you like to receive?

EF: Surprises are the best kind, or anything sentimental or homemade. I think that as I get older, I'm easier to please. Everyone seems to be so busy all the time, I'm shocked when someone thinks of me. Gifts from abroad are always nice; my friend always brings me salt from wherever she goes. And my mom knits me a sweater every year; it's pretty hard to beat that.

 

More Eleanor Friedberger:

www.eleanorfriedberger.com

www.twitter.com/EleanorOnly

 

Published 12/6/2011 By Loeffler Randall

2011 DIY Holiday - Jenny Mörtsell

Category: Collaborations, Holiday, How We Wear It, LR Loves

For the second feature in our holiday DIY series, we visit one of our favorite collaborators and good friend, Jenny Mörtsell. Illustrator, photographer, DJ and crafter, Jenny finds treasure everywhere. We photographed Jenny in her Brooklyn apartment / studio where she shows off her cozy LR Serena booties and presents a project she made just for us — a set of illustrated gift boxes that you can download, print, and construct right here.

 

A fan of one-of-a-kind homemade gifts, Jenny gave us her original set of finished boxes, signed by the artist and filled with unique surprises.  This week you can enter for the chance to win Jenny's boxes along with a $50 Loeffler Randall Gift Card.  Visit our facebook page to enter.

 

Photos by Anna Moller [click to enlarge]

 

 

Job: Illustrator etc.

Lives in: Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

Star sign: Sagittarius

Wearing: Right now a pair of old Levi's 505, a striped t-shirt and mismatched socks


What do you like best about your Serena booties?

Jenny Mörtsell: I chose them because they're fancy but not too dainty. I like shoes that make you feel pretty but also work in a dive bar or on a dance floor.

 

Tell us about your project:

JM: I did 3 different templates for gift boxes with drawings of bows, pearls and peppermint candies.


What was your inspiration? What kinds of gifts would you put in the boxes?

JM: I'm a big fan of Japanese paper crafts, gift wrapping and their tradition to always bring you a gift when you visit someone's house. I would put some homemade toffee or a necklace or a usb stick with a playlist in there!

 

What kinds of gifts do you like to receive?
JM: Something homemade or something with cats on it.

 

Where do you shop for craft supplies — any secret spots you care to share?

JM: Just my local paper store and hardware store. A good tip is to look on ebay for lots of vintage craft supplies.

 

Whose crafty careers do you admire?

JM: Anyone who takes time to do it! I think crafting should be enjoying creating something with your own hands, not necessarily a perfect finished product. I think most kids got it right from the start.

 

Describe your perfect winter weekend:
JM: At my parent's cabin in the Swedish countryside, going for a snowy walk in the forest, then listening to my Dad's old Bob Dylan records by the open fire, eating clementines and playing board games.

 

What is your favorite NYC spots during the holidays?

JM: No Name bar in Greenpoint because it's always so cozy in there. And going uptown to look at the store window displays.

 

Most of the drawings we have seen by you are of beautiful young men and women — are a lot of them friends? As your friends age, will your subjects age as well?

JM: Haha that's an interesting question. Yes, a lot of them are my friends. When I get older maybe I'll start a career drawing my friend's kids and pets!

 

Describe your winter look:

JM: Fisherman sweater, Lovikka Mittens, a beret and a crocheted ruffled wool collar my mom made me last winter. 100% wool is key.

 

What does your winter playlist sound like?

JM: Karen Dalton, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Michael McDonald, Nicolas Jaar, and M83.

 

 

Your twitter is funny. What makes you laugh?

JM: A good pun always makes me laugh.

 

Your tumblr is amazing. Which is your favorite decade?

JM: I don't have a favorite decade but I like when decades reinterpret other decades, like the 90's version of hippie culture etc. Or even better, our version of the 90's version of hippie culture.

 

More Jenny Mörtsell:

www.jennysportfolio.com

www.facebook.com/jennymortselldraws

www.twitter.com/jennymortsell

njeyns.tumblr.com

www.flickr.com/photos/njeyns/

 

Published 11/29/2011 By Loeffler Randall

2011 DIY Holiday - Denise Porcaro

Category: Collaborations, DIY, Holiday, LR Loves

Loeffler Randall is getting into the holiday spirit with the creative women that inspire us. To kick off the giving season, we are thrilled to share with you a series of holiday DIY projects and giveaways. First we visit Denise Porcaro, dynamic owner of Flower Girl, for some expert tips on decking the halls. Denise has been crafting unique arrangements for diverse clients such as Ralph Lauren, Chateau Marmont, New York Public Library, Stella McCartney and Earnest Sewn, the last of which Flower Girl has shared space with since 2007. Passionate about all things beautiful, Denise gave us a lesson on creating her own version of a holiday wreath, one built of lush succulents that can live all year long.

 

We love nothing more than crafting our own decorations and gifts and are excited to share this project with you.  To create your own succulent wreath, follow Denise's instructions here.

 

Each Monday for the next four weeks we will be giving away a very special gift to one lucky facebook fan.  This week you can enter for the chance to win Denise's finished "living wreath" along with a $50 Loeffler Randall Gift Card.  Visit our facebook page to enter.

 

Photos by Anna Moller [click to enlarge]

 

 

Job: Owner of Flower Girl

Lives in: Chelsea, NY

Star sign: Pisces

Wearing: Riley in elephant

 

What do you like best about your Riley boots?

Fashionable yet great to run around the city in.


What does the Flower Girl wear to work?

Depends on which hat Flower Girl is wearing that day, do I have a business meeting uptown, or am I e-mailing from my home office with my dogs that day?

 

Where do you find inspiration for your designs when nothing is blooming in NYC?

On the contrary, I think things are always blooming in this amazing city, if not here, then where? I pull inspiration from food, fashion, art, my fabulous friends and loved ones. They are always blooming even if the branches aren't for a few months of the year. I'm constantly inspired by this frenetic city.

 

Tell us about your project:

It's a living succulent wreath. With there being more of a heightened awareness of being green and our carbon-footprints, as well as everyone being drawn to succulents in general, I turned it into a living wreath that works for the holiday season and beyond - too pretty!

 

 

Are drugstore wreaths and potted poinsettias the things of Flower Girl's nightmares are made of?

Not necessarily, to each his own. A million poinsettias clustered together can be eye-catching. It's usually an awful bow that ruins wreaths, I think less is more. So, remove the bow (unless cheesy-Christmas is your theme this year, which can totally be cool too).

 

Is scent an element you consider when putting together an arrangement? What scents bring about special holiday memories?

I am a huge nostalgic, scent-memory chick. Clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, evergreen - the obvious heavy-hitter scents of the season - as well as garlic and oil. I grew up Italian-American, so the holidays involve a lot of cooking, and I am lucky to have amazing chefs in my family. Each dish begins the same way...

 

Best gift you've ever given? Favorite gift you've ever received?

I'm going there (it's the holiday season so I feel like I can!)... love, security, time, togetherness.

 

 

 

How do you relax on winter weekends in New York?

I love to get out of the city when I can.  I head out to the surrounding part of NY state where nature walks and fireplaces provide true relaxation. If I stick around town I love to grab a coffee and head to the flea market on 25th street. I also love to "brunch" as an activity, or cook a meal (totally relaxes me!) and cozy up to a movie with the man and the dogs.

 

Your story is very inspiring and you seem to recognize and appreciate the pleasure of doing what you love for work. Do you have a personal slogan, words to live by or a daily mantra?

Do what you love, be honest and true, focus on you... not in a selfish way. Focus on you and you will share and be giving of a better you to those that you are lucky enough to love.


For more Flower Girl:

www.flowergirlnyc.com

flowergirlnyc.tumblr.com

twitter.com/flowergirlnyc

facebook.com/flowergirlnyc

 

Published 11/22/2011 By Loeffler Randall