Jessie Randall’s Park Slope brownstone is less than five miles from downtown Manhattan. It’s a fact that bears mentioning, since stepping inside her home gives the distinct impression of having left the city far, far behind. “My life is really busy, so it was important to me that my house felt calm,” she explains. “I wanted it to be a place for my family where we can all just unwind.”
Busy is an understatement. In addition to overseeing a team of 20 at Loeffler Randall, the shoe and accessories line she launched in 2005, Randall is a mom to three boys under the age of eight. “My morning starts at 5:30, when my littlest wakes up,” she says. From there it’s breakfast, school drop-off and then a full day at the company’s showroom in Soho. “Coming home is like going to a retreat for me,” says Randall. “We’re especially lucky to be on a quiet street, which makes it even more relaxing.”
Although she couldn’t be happier now, it took a fair bit of convincing—and a total gut renovation—to get Randall completely on board with the house. “I actually forbade my husband to put an offer on it,” she says. “But he went ahead and did it anyway.” Randall vividly describes how the space looked on their first viewing. “It was extremely dark, with carpeting in every room,” she says. And not just any carpeting. “It was two-inch-thick pile, and Pepto-Bismol pink! The whole thing was truly my nightmare.” Luckily, her husband, Brian—who is also her business partner at Loeffler Randall—had a vision. “He saw the potential,” says Randall. “I wanted something modern with old-fashioned touches, and he knew that this was the place to make that happen.”
The result is the perfect marriage of old and new. Working with architects Richard Perry and Bennet Dunkley and interior designer Leilani Arita, Randall and her husband created a space at once restrained and inviting. Soft textiles in neutral shades of cream and gray contrast with graphic elements, like the geometric Bec Brittain chandelier that hangs in the living room. Randall wasn’t afraid to stick closely to her vision, even if it meant getting creative—and collaborative. “I looked and looked, but couldn’t find any wallpaper that I liked,” she says. “My youngest was a baby at the time, and I was dressing him in a lot of clothes from the brand Bobo Choses. I love their prints, so I thought it would be cool to reach out to them about translating one of their designs—a simple scallop-print rug—into a wallpaper pattern.” Bobo Choses was happy to oblige, and the paper was everything Randall had hoped for. “The print is clean yet impactful, which is something I strive for in my own designs,” she says.
Not surprisingly, Randall also strives for comfort when it comes to her collection. “Our customers tend to be really creative, multidimensional girls,” she says. “They’re not interested in shoes with five-inch heels that you can only wear to get in and out of a car, so we’ll never make any.” What they will design are pieces you’ll wear for years to come. Mid-heel calf-hair pumps, two-tone leather flats and wedge boots are just a few of the line’s staples. And since adding handbags to the collection in 2012, the brand has become a sort of one-stop shop for anyone looking to add an easy, polished accent to any look.
With talk about a possible brick-and-mortar store down the road, Randall isn’t slowing down anytime soon. “When you run your own business, you’re thinking about it 24 hours a day,” she says. All the more reason she loves coming home to the oasis she’s created. “I can’t imagine living anywhere else.”