The more I see from Loeffler Randall‘s spring collection, the more I think I need to start paying more attention to the brand. We’ve already spoken about them this week, and when I saw the Loeffler Randall Juliet Large Bag pop up on ShopBop today, I knew we’d have to speak about them again. What Loeffler Randall seems to do really well is make a classic-looking bag for a reasonable price, and I’m all about that. There’s no fussiness, there’s no pretension, there’s just a really nice handbag. I greatly prefer crisp white to off-white for spring and summer, and I like that they managed to make a quilted flap bag, which would normally have a lot of structure, look a bit loose and casual. The strap looks like its the perfect length, and if you’d rather carry it as a slightly oversized clutch, then you can detach it and carry it as you like. Loeffler Randall seems to have a great ability to edit themselves – their bags are simple, but not boring, and never overdone. I look forward to seeing more very soon. Buy through ShopBop for $625.
Y’all, I love this. And not just a little bit. I love the Loeffler Randall Carla Patent Clutch a lot. I think I tend to enjoy small bag so much because they allow designers to do really playful things. In a large bag, embossed leather and patent and pleating all together would probably be way, way too much. But in a clutch, a lot of visual interest simultaneously is easier to digest, and is less likely to look inexpensive, than in a larger bag. I bought a similar (although much less expensive – Amanda is on a strict budget!) clutch recently, and got a million compliments on it the first time that I took it out for the night, and this bag would have the exact same effect. The patent would give the embossed “python” leather a gleam that really brings out the scale pattern, and patent is also harder to destroy on a wanton night of partying than regular leather (seriously, folks – almost all of my clutches are patent, and almost all of them still look perfect despite the number of times that I’ve worn them). I had my questions about whether or not the opening would be big enough to use easily, but I think it would be from Eluxury‘s pictures. Buy through eLuxury for $325.
There is no doubt that I buy most of my clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories because I like how they look and because they fit me well. But, it is always a breath of fresh air when I find a designer who is not only an up and comer, but also prides him or herself on always keeping in mind *who* they are designing for. So, when I did a little reading on Loeffler Randall (head designer, Jessie Randall), I became instantly impressed. Not only did Loeffler Randall recieved the 2007 CFDA Swarovski award for emerging talent but also has become recognized for giving women functional and feminine shoes and handbags. Although the footwear label started in 2004, handbags were just introduced in 2006. Sure, it’s only been about 2 years, but I already respect Randall’s line.
The Loeffler Randall Calfskin Tote is gorgeous. I don’t know about you, but I love when I can look at an image of a bag or piece of clothing and visually “feel” the texture of the material. As I look at this bag, I can feel the soft calfskin. No, I haven’t had the opportunity to see it in person, but the bag truly looks soft and touchable. The leather handles promise support without the worry of too much upfront wear and tear. (I hate handles that look like they are going to break at any minute.) Once you look inside the bag, you will see a metallic textile lining which just adds to the beauty of the bag. As this bag does have give, I like that there is a flat leather base and protective metal feet. Now, the only thing that made me go, hmmmmm, was when I tried to envision what the bag might look like in use. Thank goodness for “alternate view” options when doing online shopping! Although I don’t like the outfit on the model, you get the idea. Personally, I like it… I like it a lot! Buy through eLUXURY for $685.