Melissa Joy Manning
Inspiration, LR Loves, News
The self-proclaimed #rockgeek & eco-friendly jeweler shares her favorite stone of the season.
Melissa Joy Manning is a jewelry designer who effortlessly fuses an elegant and luxurious spirit with a sustainable approach – crafting heirloom-quality pieces made from recycled and ethically sourced materials. Melissa is dear to us because of her commitment to social responsibility and her generous ability to support, rally and inspire those around her in the fashion and craft community.
We asked Melissa to identify her favorite seasonal stone and to highlight its most compelling spiritual properties. Coinciding with the launch of her stunning new Tribal collection, it’s no wonder that she has chosen Turquoise.
In This Story:
Melissa wears the Loeffler Randall Pouch Bag and Petra sandal.
All jewelry by Melissa Joy Manning.
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Jessie's Spring 2015 Inspiration
Spring 2015 began with the idea of a muted, soft palette of whites, beiges, mints and pale nude pinks. This understated palette of colors that are wearable and neutral informed a concept of impactful subtlety and lush textures. Tactile, textural and sculptural elements such as rich leather tassels, perforated circles and tubular leather mignons are found throughout the collection on thick vachetta totes, fun tasseled bucket bags and on sandals and sneakers.
Raw materials are natural and earthy, ranging from woven raffias to pale grey snakeskin to beautiful veg-tanned vachettas. These are juxtaposed against techy elements including iridescent saffiano and opaque geometric stones. Silhouettes are simultaneously casual and luxurious, from a heavily-jeweled pool slide to a fringed tote that’s ideal for taking along to the beach to a woven raffia lace up sneaker with the perfect summer vibe.
Jessie Randall | Creative Director
Jessie's Resort 2015 Inspiration
Resort ‘15 was inspired by a painting class I took and the beautiful, raw, bleedy inkblots left when we blotted out our paintbrushes. This led to the creation of an abstract, inky interpretation of a floral print in vibrant hues of blues and oranges. This “ink floral” became the cornerstone of the collection and is used on printed leather in shoes and handbags. I loved the idea of brush strokes and hand work, 70’s crafts and natural organic elements juxtaposed against the modern, sporty silhouettes of the collection. For example, the glazed interior of an otherwise unglazed piece of pottery inspired a veg tanned vachetta tote with a more slick, printed interior and ballet flats with print only on the lining."
Sporty new shapes in footwear include a runner in rich raw material mixes and a luxe take on a shower slide. There
is a tomboy vibe to this collection with a focus on elevated sporty classic staples done up in rich raw materials and with modern styling. Circle perforation - like the kind found on basketball shorts - is a key idea across the line from bucket bags to mules. This intersection of sport details with earthy, artisanal raw materials and handwork evoke a modernity that nods to the past.
Jessie Randall | Creative Director
Resort '15 Sneak Peek with DesignComb.com
Inspiration, LR Loves, News
We're excited to share this special sneak peek of our upcoming Resort 2015 collection by Sara Combs of Designcomb.com. If you haven't visited Sara's self described "blog as a playground", do yourself a favor and check it out. Sarah is a interactive graphic, web designer and co-founder of Hexagon studio. She spends her time between the East and West coast and is obsessed with everything citrus. We love her eye for trending art, design and lifestyle aesthetics, and we think you will too.
Make sure to check back with us at the end of the week to shop the new Loeffler Randall Resort 2015 collection, including styles featured below.
"The Loeffler Randall Resort collection brings back memories of art school - paint blots on paper towels, material exploration, texture, and contrast. Maybe a semester consisting of a painting class, pottery, industrial design, and weaving or fibers. It sounds like a dreamy semester... and as it turns out, this combo also makes for a dreamy collection."
Read the full post at Designcomb.com
Extra credit: visit @saracombs on Instagram.
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15 Questions With Madelynn Furlong
Inspiration, LR Loves, News
Photo by Emma Jane Kepley for Loeffler Randall
LR ASKS / 15 QUESTIONS
Visiting NYC is like coming home.
And the LR Mercer Boot is let's see... perfect. I wear them more often than I would like to admit!
My style muse is currently, Lykki Li. She has some amazing style, but more importantly is an artist that I deeply respect.
I always picture myslef in black.
Beauty is natural.
My favorite lipstick color is currently nude.
Something I always keep in my bag is sandalwood essential oil (it's suppose to be a Leo's lucky scent).
The place I'm happiest is with my close friends.
I can't live without art.
I despise gossip.
I feel most creative when it's late at night, with music blasting and a bit of melancholy in my heart.
In my past life I was for sure a preforming Jazz singer.
On repeat in my life soundtrack is I Feel It All by Feist.
Jessies Inspiration - Spring 2014
Spring 14 Inspiration:
The Loeffler Randall Spring 2014 collection was inspired by the Italian Amalfi coast, specifically the island of Capri and all that it evokes: sunshine, chic living and a modern 60s vibe. The collection contains nods to the many fishermen’s nets that line the shores of the island, which are reinterpreted into perforated leather on key new shoe and handbag styles, the Ione open-toe booties and Shopper Tote. Motifs of Italian lemon trees appear on flats, pumps and handbags in soft silk linen fabric with exclusive handpainted prints by textile artist Helen Dealtry. Nautical stripes in woven raffia adorn handbags like the Industry drawstring bucket bag and comfortable spanish espadrilles, while touches of hand stitch detail are presented on the essential Kyle ballet flat and Ceci sandal, a sultry new stiletto. This is a collection that a modern Mr. Ripley might thoroughly enjoy.
Playful citrus prints, a recurring theme throughout the SS14 collection were brought to life by the talented hand of textile artist, Helen Dealtry. Classic LR shapes like the Mini Rider handbag and Tamsin pumps are bathed in refreshing shades of mint green, rich papaya and deep-sea blues set against stark white and neutral patterns bringing to mind notions of pebbled beaches that adorn the Mediterranean Sea. A new take on the classic fisherman sandal in rich vachetta leather captures the artisanal spirit of Capri.
New Spring Heart LR:
The Heart LR offering is casual collection of styles with affordable price points that also capture the elevated, special feel that represents the Loeffler Randall main collection. This season is all about fun and beachy standout styles with clean lines, pops of color and textured leathers. The Sarie, Skye and Starla plank sandals, best sellers from last year are re-offered in classic and new colors, and the Winona slide sandal is an easy go-to for summer with its minimal shape and layered lines.
Jessie's Inspiration - Resort 2014
Resort 2014 Inspiration
The Loeffler Randall Resort 2014 collection was inspired by Miami and everything the city evokes - Art Deco building facades and signage, the city’s bright yet sun-faded color palette and sense of innate excitement and celebration. Colors are taken from natural elements like palm leaves and flamingos as well the urban waterfront skyline composed cool mint tones, black + white combinations and mirrored metallic. Curves and graphic elements of Art Deco architecture and the natural waves of the ocean are seen mimicked in scallop details throughout the collection. Raw materials are also incorporated in woven straw and raffia to capture a casual, fun beach vibe.
Jessie's starting point for the collection:
"I started this collection thinking about Miami - the colors, the architecture, the vibe. My family tends to travel to Miami about two or three times a year. It's the perfect getaway and it just evokes the resort season for me. The waves of this beach city are evident in our wave Milla scallop flat and Tilda scallop pump. I was looking at iconic pictures of flamingos and thinking of the pink and green vibe of the city. Black and white is also a focal point this season, I love how graphic elements contrast nicely with fluid motifs seen on the new flats and pumps."
Jessie's favorite styles:
"I love the idea of being able to slip into a bootie without even having to undo a zipper, that's why I'm into the new Fitz chelsea booties right now. And, of course the Milla scallop flat - it's such a signature LR shoe - cool and feminine at the same time. The Henry stacked heel sandals are so simple and chic - exactly my kind of style. I'm excited to get a little break from the city and be out by the ocean wearing these out to a nice dinner and spending time with all my boys."
"My favorite handbag is the new Junior Work Tote, it's such a great size and shape - plus, easy to wear and get things in and out of. Its a very versatile style and I love the idea of a little tote with a cross body strap, I will live in mine. For travel this season, our Lock Clutch is key. It can litterally be worn anywhere and it dresses up or down so easily, plus, cheetah print adds a bit of fun to any outfit."
Jessie's Inspiration - Pre-fall 2013
Pre-Fall 2013 Inspiration
The Pre-fall 13 collection was inspired by the trailblazing style of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Kahlo's androgynous personal style is expressed with masculine/feminine collars distinctively placed around the ankles of new silhouettes, the Nahla booties and the Pippa flats. The collection also references elements of southwestern cultural heritage, such as rick-rac detailing on traditional dresses that are retranslated on the straps of the Damaris platform sandal and Reina kitten heels. Bold black and white combinations are modernized with pattern-play on tooled leather, hair calf and luxurious snakeskin. New handbag shapes, the Circle bag and Duffle bag are introduced, adding playful proportions to smaller handbag selection. The Lock clutch and Tamsin classic pumps get a painterly treatment of jade and black brushstrokes that evoke the artist's hand. Pre-fall is informed by experimentalism, an earthen aesthetic and the kindred application of decorative touches.
The vivid color palette of Pre-Fall is as if liffted from the surface of Khalo's paintings of rich natural landscapes and bold fauna. Jessie explains:
Jade green: is the color of the season, can't get enough of it! In my southwest daydream I'm surrounded by cacti.
Camel brown: has a vintage feel and goes with everything.
Cornflower blue: reminds me of denim.
Rose gold: is my favorite metallic color right now.
Jessie's favorite Pre-fall booties:
I love the Fenton bootie with the big metallic buckles. They are kind of tough and chic at the same time. I'm going to wear mine to death. I also like the Franca cut-out bootie which is great for the transitional season because they are more opened up. Pre-fall is the perfect season for booties because I wear booties all year round. They are perfect with shorts and little summer dresses but they also work right into Fall. This is the kind of style where you get a lot of bang for your buck.