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The Walker Clutch / Otte NYC

Category: LR Loves, News, Store Profiles

Fall inspiration: oversized outerwear, masculine details and the Walker Clutch. This sleek convertible shape works perfectly over the shoulder of larger coat silhouettes or in-hand with strap removed for a minimal evening look.

 

Editorial images courtesy of Otte NYC.

 

Photographer: John Burke

Stylist: Lucy Armstrong

Hair/MUA: Liz Olivier

Model: Lena (One Mngmt)

 

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Shop: The Walker Handbag Collection


Published 9/8/2014 By Loeffler Randall

Goldyn Opportunity

Category: Store Profiles

Founded in 2007, Goldyn strives to provide a top-notch shopping experiece for their customers, in-person and online. With a new store located in Denver, Colorado, it seems fitting Goldyn shot their Spring/Summer lookbook at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to capture the essence of their store and this season's greatest pieces.

 

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Owner, Vanessa Barcus, on why she loves LR: "We love Loeffler Randall's shoes for their timeless, classic style that's always with a bit of an edgy twist. Always on trend but never trendy. For that reason Loeffler Randall's collection played perfectly into our Spring/Summer lookbook shoot at the Museum of Nature and Science."

 

We love the ecclectic use of contemporary clothing / accessories along side the museum's nature exhibits. The Esther pumps fit in beautifully with the African exhibit, constrasted with the black / nude ruffled socks and mod mini dress. Goldyn takes us behind-the-scenes of the museum to the Zoology department for the backdrop of their shoot featuring the Emory cuffed booties against the unexpected taxidermied animals. "The Denver Museum of Nature and Science was definitely an unconventional background which refelcts Goldyn's affinity for the strange and obscure. This experience went beyond the realm of fashion."

 

More Goldyn:

http://shopgoldyn.com

http://www.facebook.com/Goldyn

 

Published 4/13/2012 By Loeffler Randall

CeCe Shoe

Category: LR Loves, Store Profiles

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.


More CeCe Shoe:

www.ceceshoe.com

http://www.facebook.com/ceceshoe

 

Published 3/2/2012 By Loeffler Randall

Chicago Styled

Category: LR Loves, Store Profiles

Mary Liz Lehman, owner and founder of Chicago's Perchance, informs Windy City chic in the city known for its cool, understated vibe. She lets us in on this season's trends, a peek at what's ahead and the best tables in town.

 

Tell us about your boutiques.

Mary Liz Lehman: We opened our first store in the Southport Corridor of the Lakeview neighborhood four years ago — we describe it as vintage glam. And this October we debuted our second location in the Gold Coast at the Elysian Hotel, which has a sophisticated, ethereal feel with an emphasis on higher-end designer lines.

 

 

Who is your DJ?
MLL: Michael Smith, founder of Playlist Generation, pipes in custom playlists from LA. The energy we have in the store is amazing and our staff and clients can't help but shake it a bit.

 

What are your current inspirations?

MLL: Texture from the changing leaves. Many of our fall favorites are in solid colors, but have gorgeous texture. I'm rereading The Great Gatsby, inspired by the spring 2012 looks from Europe. But we already have Gatsby-esque pieces like long pearl necklaces and lacey outfits for this season.

 

Shoe crushes?

MML:  We can't get enough of the LIDIA boot — it's so wearable.  We just reordered the ESTHER — this pump is a workhorse.  And this season we LOVE the sexy and comfortable ZURI.  They go with everything from jeans to cocktail dresses.  The subtle gold is so versatile, and the lizard print texture makes the shoe feel very rich.

 

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What is your sure bet style tip for fall?

MML:  A cool hat and great boots can make your entire outfit!


Now that we're all dressed up, where should we go tonight?

MML:  Grab dinner at Girl and the Goat, GT Fish and Oyster, or Paris Club. Then, go for drinks at the top of hotels, Wit or Trump.


What are essential Chicago experiences for visitors?

MML:  The Architecture Boat Tour on the Chicago River.  Shop the Gold Coast, and stop by the Perchance at the Elysian Hotel followed by lunch at Balsan.  Check out amazing museums; The Art Institute and Field Museum and free Lincoln Park Zoo.

 

More Perchance:

www.perchanceboutique.com

www.facebook.com/perchance

@ShopPerchance

 

Published 11/28/2011 By Loeffler Randall

Southern Hospitality

Category: LR Loves, Store Profiles

In true Southern style, Melissa Blanchard graciously shares a few of her favorite things — Motown soul, 70's swagger, and the must-have Loeffler Randall shoe for fall — from her boutique, VanJean, in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

Store philosophy:

Melissa Blanchard: VanJean creates a unique assortment by mixing pieces from established brands with newer trends from up-and-coming designers. We sell to daughters, mothers and grandmothers — VanJean is a style, not an age.

 

 

What attracted you to Loeffler Randall?

MB: We became OBSESSED with the LR Matilde wedge boot. I used to see them in New York on buying trips, and started purchasing every variation of the Matilde. Simply put, it is the perfect daily go-to boot in fall/winter/early spring. I picked up the line for VanJean and look forward to every new design.

 

What's inspiring you right now?

MB: I'm excited about the influence the 1970s and 1990s are having on fashion. I love that I get my turn at wearing the long skirts and long, wide leg pants that I remember my mother and grandmother wearing in the '70s. The simplicity and clean fashion lines of the '90s feels more elegant this second time around. Plus, the uncomplicated feel of the '90s has a calming effect on the rest of my wardrobe.


What do you spin for your store's soundtrack?

MB: The day may begin with Jennifer Hudson, flow into James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Fitz & the Tantrums and end with '70s southern rock.

 

What is your sure bet style tip for fall?

MB: Make something fantastic your favorite and wear it every day! The Blaise flat moccasin has become a VanJean shop girl favorite. I keep it classic with a slim black capri jean for day, and another buyer makes it crazy with hot pink jeans.

 

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The Columbia fashion vibe:

MB: Tastefully cool.

 

What's the one shoe that will transform any wardrobe this season?

MB: Wear the Deena in nude suede with EVERYTHING. Check out how Buyer Susan Menge pairs the Deena with a feminine, patterned cocktail dress.

 

Now that we're all dressed up, where should we go out?

MB: Hmmm...great question. When I feel the need to strut around the Capitol City I first check out the calendar on The Shop Tart. This blog lists any happenings in Columbia worth attending.


Top three must-experience things in Columbia:

MB: Visit The Columbia Museum of Art — it's the jewel in the heart of the Capitol City.


Attend (at least for the first quarter) a University of South Carolina football game. May not be the best team, but certainly the most electrifying student section in any college football stadium.


The Indie Grits Film Fest in April — it's so under the radar that it's still cool.

 

More VanJean:

www.shopvanjean.com

www.facebook.com/shopvanjean

@shopvanjean

 

Published 9/28/2011 By Loeffler Randall

Spotted in LR

Category: Store Profiles

We love seeing Whitney Port in our Yvette cut-out bootie, always perfectly styled, day or night.

 

 

 

Published 5/3/2010 By Loeffler Randall