For this LR feature we teamed up with the stylish ladies at Otte NYC boutique for an insight into their jobs and how they're wearing LR handbags with personal picks from the store. Meet Alexandra, junior buyer for Otte.
Featured on Alexandra, Lock Clutch in black and white snakeskin and Ella booties.
I run the show with Kay, the owner and senior buyer, selecting everything that we sell on our online store and at our 5 Manhattan locations. I graduated from the Fashion Merchandising Management program at FIT in 2011 with a major in buying and became part of the team here shortly after. Fashion allows me to express my creative side and I happen to love shopping so it's pretty sweet that I get to shop for a living!
The best part about working at OTTE is the hands on experience of being able to hand pick clothing for all of our loyal customers from hundreds of amazing designers. A few of my favorites that we carry are: Acne Studios, Etoile Isabel Marant, NSF, R13, IRO, Golden Goose, Sessun, Opening Ceremony and Loeffler Randall! There is nothing more rewarding that seeing everything I've selected displayed in our stores. (Being a buyer is a very personal profession and hearing our vendors, customers, and sales associates compliment our buy makes everything worth it.)
Working at OTTE, with our vast selection of incredible designers, has allowed me to take my personal style to another level. My mantra for style is mixing old and new. I love my outfits to have a sort of story, so I wear a lot of vintage. I have a downtown city vibe and I feel most comfortable in easy pieces more than super trendy items. I have a huge collection of vintage tee's and flannels that I mix with my everyday contemporary designer pieces like Veda leather pants or 3.1 Phillip Lim silk tees.
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During the winter I love to mix cozy whites into my wardrobe. Winter has the tendency to make most people head straight for dark standards like black, navy and grey and I feel like winter whites are a fresh way to lighten up the harsh NYC weather, especially this year! Adding a dove sweater or a pair of cream cords to your outfit can be just the right lift. Texture is also trending very hard right now. For an easy texture addition I paired my LR pouchette in white snakeskin and Fitz Chelsea booties in putty with a distressed tee and textured sweater. The pieces have different simpler looks on their own, but mixed together they bring pop to an otherwise neutral outfit.
The weather this winter has been a bit bi-polar, and I find that the best way to deal with transitional weather is layering. I love a layered look because it incorporates different colors and textures. It's easy to gravitate toward darker colors for the winter and layering gives you the option to bring in pops of color or prints without making it the focus of your outfit. Adding layers allows you bundle up or take off as much or little as you want. I love the big chunky blanket scarf and sweater trend this winter. but I like to balance them out by putting a skinny and sleek leather pant under. This makes your look more tailored and allows you to really work with all of the layers.
When I think of the LR brand I automatically think: comfort, edge, practical, and I am loving the LR Resort '14 collection for these exact reasons! The white and black snakeskin lock clutch and the Ella stacked heel bootie in black are perfect for mixing with neutrals and blacks. Accessories are the easiest was to add something to an outfit without it becoming overwhelming and the snakeskin clutch brought in just the right amount of texture, while the Ella stacked heel dressed up my look, making it the perfect day-to-night transitional outfit.
I also adore the Fitz Chelsea booties, I got them in Putty. I love wearing them with lighter colors. For this look I paired them with lighter blues and whites to make the booties pop. I finished off the look with the LR Pouchette. It's a great small bag, it's so easy to wear and fits my cellphone, keys and lip gloss perfectly.
I love that Jessie Randall makes shoes for the city girl. Loeffler Randall shoes are unique in style but practical and totally wearable. When I am writing the line for OTTE I am always intrigued by the way Jessie takes a feminine shoe or bag and adds an edgy detail that is still understated.
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