Born and raised in Manhattan, the daughter of archaeologists, Ulla Johnson honed her signature style between the streets of New York and the far-flung destinations of their family travels. Her eponymous line, founded in 2000 just after her graduation from university, immediately caught the attention of the fashion press. Growing from a handful of directional boutiques and with an early endorsement from Barneys New York, Ulla Johnson’s collection has gained a dedicated following and the support of retailers across the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia. She has never wavered on her steadfast attention to the details of construction that have become her hallmark, basing each of her collections on a foundation of natural fibers, beautiful finishing, and ease of fit and form.
The Ulla Johnson label has become synonymous with custom prints, intricate embroideries, and fine tailoring, all of which have earned her a loyal and global customer base. With the introduction of a shoe collection in Fall 2013, the line now encompasses a full range of product categories sourced and produced worldwide with an emphasis on artisanal and handcrafted processes.
Ulla lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children.
Born in Berkeley CA to artisan parents, Raquel Allegra’s formative years encouraged a creative process of instinct, experiment and play. Raquel’s design career grew naturally with the origination of a shredding technique synonymous with the namesake label. Full length webbed cocoon shapes evolved out of laborious experiments with oversized vintage t’s recycled from the Los Angeles County Prison System, and informed a new informal beauty within the industry. 2009 marked a maturation for the brand as the collection expanded to include richly textured pieces in deerskin, linen, cashmere, and French lace. The RAQUEL ALLEGRA label continues to garner admiration from celebrities, editors, stylists and savvy consumers worldwide from New York to Tokyo.
- Raquel Allegra
Shying from the much-digested notion of heritage jeans, Mother is a play on opposites. A study in irony, it feels soft and nurturing, while presenting itself as stark and sexy. The term winks at the double entendres of what is, arguably, the second most powerful word in the English language…
Our idea was to create a brand that captured the excitement of our own newfangled denims. We are able to add a new element to the way people wear jeans in fit fabric finish and now feel.
- Mother Denim
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Loeffler Randall was born out of designer Jessie Randall's quest to find the shoes that she wanted to wear but could not find – shoes that possessed an understated elegance, were well-made, and undeniably feminine. With this distinct point of view, Loeffler Randall launched in the fall of 2005. Styles like the Matilde flat boot quickly became staples among fashion editors and celebrities alike, and remain at the heart of Loeffler Randall’s footwear offering.
Loeffler Randall’s mix of refined sophistication and downtown cool filled a niche in the shoe market, earning the brand early critical and commercial success. In June 2007, Jessie Randall was honored with the prestigious CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. In 2009, Inc. magazine named Loeffler Randall as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in America. The magazine also recognized Loeffler Randall as one of the “Elite Inc. 500,” which put the brand in the company of past honorees such as Microsoft.
Found in over 200 fine retailers worldwide, including Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Harvey Nichols, Loeffler Randall’s presence continues to grow. In Fall 2009, Loeffler Randall proudly launched its first retail venture, an e-commerce website, dedicated to selling the full spectrum of Loeffler Randall products and building direct relationships with loyal customers around the world. In 2010, Loeffler Randall launched a line of classic rain boots, and debuted its first shoe collaboration with design house Suno. In 2011, Loeffler Randall launched its first bridal shoe collection.
- Loeffler Randall
All images courtesy Loeffler Randall.