Jessie Randall, founder of Loeffler Randall, is one of our all-time inspirations here at quarterlane, and so we are thrilled to share this feature with you on The QL Edit. Samantha Hahn had the chance to chat with Jessie, and the conversation below is intimate, full of wise words and the best sort of inspiration, so grab a cup of tea, a blanket and dive in with us as we get to know the woman behind one of the coolest and smartest brands out there today — what she’s learned, what she reads and how she stays balanced, inspired and ready to take on the day. Oh, and did we mention she loves Nora Ephron? Kindred spirits with the QL gang, indeed! Photos by Christine Han.
QL: How do you carve out time for reading? When do you read? Where do you read?
JR: I read whenever I can squeeze it in, on the subway, a lot of times while walking down the street. Mostly, though, I read in bed at night on my Kindle. And when I wake up in the night I read too.
QL: What role does reading play in your life?
QL: We heard through the grapevine that you are friends with a publisher. Do you have some great chats with her about books?
QL: Favorite literary character?
JR: Anastasia Krupnik
QL: Did you always want to be a designer? As a child did you have any picture books that inspired you visually?
QL: As a mom/designer are there books you love showing to your kids?
QL: What are your favorite visual (art/design/photography) books?
QL: Favorite fiction and non-fiction book?
QL: When you were launching your business did you find any business books useful?
QL: If you had to name a favorite book for each of these categories what would they be?: Edification, Pleasure, Inspiration
QL: Favorite local book shops?
QL: What’s your favorite quarterlane box?