With the New Orleans heat always kicking, CeCe Shoe allows women to stay cool with their modern and sexy styles and aesthetic. Owner, CeCe Colhoun fills us in on what motivated her to open her shop, what inspires her now, and all that the Big Easy has to offer.
We love a good story — what is yours?
CeCe Colhoun: I have ALWAYS adored shoes, and luckily, my mother Mimi Robinson, has owned a women's specialty store, MIMI, in New Orleans since the late 70's. She dabbled in shoes, but never jumped in with both feet (pardon the pun). I knew if I ever had the chance, I would open a shoe store. CeCe Shoe is the culmination of years of dreaming and I'm thrilled to be able to have the store inside of MIMI.
How does the décor in your store reflect your personal style or aesthetic?
CC: My personal style is modern traditional with a sexy edge. Highlights in the store's décor include the mod clear bubble lights, the metallic pink and silver display wall and the pale pink Lucite display shelves. My FAVORITE thing is the CeCe logo, which I designed. It all comes together to create a warm, inviting modern and sexy space.
What first attracted you to Loeffler Randall and keeps you intrigued now?
CC: I was introduced to Loeffler Randall when I moved to New York from Dallas to work for Bergdorf Goodman's PR department. I quickly learned that a flat boot was de rigueur for the city, and the Matilde boot was the ONLY boot to own. I have been hooked on the brand ever since.
What three things are inspiring you right now?
CC: My two year old son, Trevor: He's the most amazing, inspirational thing in my life!
Downton Abbey: I LOVE the elegance and visuals of this fantastic period.
Grey nail polish: So sexy, young and fun.
What is the one item you can't live without this season?
CC: My black Birkin (it's a lifetime commitment), and my Esther pumps in tortora. Sorry, I know that's two things, but I can't live without either one.
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Describe the fashion vibe in your city.
CC: The stylish New Orleans woman is very feminine, as always impeccably groomed and LOVES her accessories. From the younger girls in hot tight jeans, to the more mature woman in a fabulous dress, she is completely aware of the newest trend and interprets it for our steamy climate (and air conditioning). Color is a big thing for the Southern woman and she wears it with sophistication and refinement.
What's the one Loeffler Randall shoe that will transform our wardrobe this season?
CC: The Edith yellow snake print pump. You can wear it with everything from a little black dress to jeans and a distressed white tee. It gives an instant wardrobe update.
What are the top three things we must-do/experience/see in your city while we are in town!
CC: This is a tough question because New Orleans is a multi-cultural, layered city. It would take years to know all the facets of this place, but here's a short primer:
Dine: Don't miss Galatoire's in the French Quarter for the quintessential New Orleans bistro experience.
See: For a bird's-eye view of the city and some of its fabulous mansions, ride the streetcar the entire length of St. Charles Avenue.
Shop: Indulge on Magazine Street a seven-mile cornucopia of fashion, antiques, food and entertainment.
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