There is no denying that Victoria’s Secret Angel, Alessandra Ambrosio, knows how to rock a runway, but her casually-chic “model off-duty” looks are what is making her an international style icon. Whether she’s running errands, rocking out at a concert, or hitting the town with her adorable children, she is almost sure to be seen looking effortlessly cool in her beloved Sam Edelman shoes.
Your Sam Edelman collection is about to get a whole lot shinier. This fall, our collection of handbags, outerwear, and (of course shoes) is being taken to a whole new level with the introduction of our new line of jewelry.
This new collection is designed to make an impression. Inspired by a mix of baroque and rock n’ roll, our entire selection of bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings feature Sam’s signature chic edginess and iconic style. With over 120 styles designed with exclusive cut stones, leather and faceted metal details, this collection is sure to offer the perfect standout accent to your next outfit.
Moeh Fashion is a personal style blog that documents my fashion, photography, collaborations and inspiration. I started Moeh Fashion as an ongoing portfolio, to keep a record of my projects and fashion sense. It took only a couple of posts to realize how much I enjoyed blogging and since then it’s become my biggest project of all. I currently reside in Long Island, but you can find me running around New York City attending Fashion Institute and working in the garment district!
These sandals are my new favorite shoes for this upcoming spring and summer. With the vast amount of running around that I do, I need something comfortable and I don’t particularly like flats. The ‘Trina‘ pretty much solved my problem by being super cute and having the perfect heel height. I also love the neutral and metallic contrast between the shoe and heel. Gold looks amazing on suntanned skin, which is one of the reasons I love it for the spring and summer months. Nude is also one of my favorite colors for these seasons. There is something simple yet sexy about it that works.
The Trina‘ did a great job of tying together the outfit and made my day a comfortable yet stylish one. Thank you Sam Edelman for being so awesome!
Colby Milano of Moeh Fashion is definitely one blogger to watch out for! Growing up right outside NYC with three older sisters, she fell in love with fashion at a very young age. About two years ago, this FIT student (who also works part-time) decided to create her own online portfolio that’s morphed into a showcase of her sartorial successes. Her style is edgy-chic, sexy, and downright cool. Check out her blog, Moeh Fashion, to see how this hardworking fashionista is making her mark in NYC.
A great pair of jeans, that perfect white tee, your go-to LBD…there are certain pieces in your closet that are just absolute staples. They are those no-fail wardrobe essentials that you can always rely on to fit well and look great. While we love the ease and comfort of these wardrobe mainstays, they can, at times, run the risk, of being a bit boring. That is, until you pair them with a bold, stylish and versatile pair of shoes!
From the workday to girl’s nights out, we’re showing you how to reinvent your wardrobe staples using some our favorite styles from our Spring collection.
Dress for Success
Give your workplace look a promotion with professional pieces in bright styles. We recommend pairing the Reagan pumps with a statement necklace and the Gigi trench coat for a corporate look that will have the boardroom buzzing.
A great tank and boyfriend jeans serve as the perfect basis to rock some awesome accessories! Let the Linsley Espadrille flats and Loren Mini Moto jacket give a chic and fashionable edge to this weekend casual ensemble.
Add some standout pieces to the sweet and feminine vibe of a linen sundress for a fun weekend brunch look. We recommend a pair of mirrored sunglasses, the Madaline messenger, and Trey ankle-wrap wedges to give your boring breakfast ensemble a mimosa-ready twist!
A simple black dress is anything but simple with the right accessories! Dance the night away in the embellished Blakely heels with the Blair clutch, and a colorful lip for a sexy look that will make a bold statement in all the right ways.
At 60 and 59, Sam and Libby Edelman might just be at the peak of their stylish careers.
Their names are so often mentioned in the same breath – “Sam and Libby”– that it’s easy to start thinking of Sam and Libby Edelman as two halves of a single entity, not unlike a pair of shoes: The Samandlibby.
Sam & Libby, after all, was the couple’s footwear brand that became a wardrobe essential for fashionable young women in the late 1980s, and next month, Target will trade on that name recognition by launching an exclusive Sam & Libby collection. But before we talk about Sam & Libby, let’s meet Sam and let’s meet Libby.
He’s the visionary. She’s the muse. He’s the no-nonsense businessman. She’s the blond beauty with a mind of her own. He’s a natural storyteller, and, at least in interviews, she lets him take the conversational lead. At heart, he is a horseman — and the reason the couple spends so many winter weekends at their Wellington home — and although she’ll saddle up for an occasional trail ride, she ultimately prefers yoga and photography.
For more than 30 years, Sam and Libby have worked side by side to an extent that most couples can’t fathom, raising a family and building a fashion empire founded first on ballet flats. “When we’re on a roll, when things are really positive, it allows the two of us to do the job of five people,” says Sam, who is 60. “Libby represents me, and I represent Libby. It’s the same.” Says their longtime friend Michele Grubb, a former international show-jumper who’s known Sam since he was a teenager: “They differ in lots of ways and they do bicker, but their bickering always creates something marvelous in the end, whether it be a menu or a shoe or a company.”
Sam and Libby just may be at the pinnacle of pretty marvelous careers. In 2012, their 9-year-old Sam Edelman brand expanded into handbags, junior shoes and outerwear (think trench coats and moto jackets), they opened their first standalone store (in New York City’s Soho neighborhood) and, for the second time since 2009, they captured Brand of the Year honors from “Footwear News” at the trade paper’s annual achievement awards.
This spring, the brand unveiled an ad campaign starring “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton, “the most beautiful American girl I’ve seen in 30 or 40 years,” says Sam, adding that the Edelmans’ story is quintessentially American, too.
‘A style that goes back to our roots’
“We started our lives with very little and worked very hard. We’ve both been on our own since we were 21,” he says. “We consistently find ways to reinvent ourselves and come up with huge shoes that cross so many people’s lives, whether you’re 16, 26 or 66.”
Sold at Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, on Zappos and HSN, and through a host of other stores and sites, Sam Edelman shoes are classic-with-a-twist styles at accessible prices: $60 for leopard-print thongs to $300 for studded, knee-high boots, with metallic gladiator sandals in the $100 range.
“We know how to interpret the runways of Milan, Paris and London and give it some kind of American appeal that resounds with the customer so that, yes, it’s fashion, of course it’s fashion, of course we’re on trend, but it always has a certain style that goes back to our roots, to who we are,” Sam says. “So many people just run around and copy shoes, and much of the business is based on that. I think what Libby and I bring to it is a certain panache, a certain style, a certain je nais se quoi that a lot of people in the industry have said is sort of Fairfield County.”
That would be Fairfield County, Conn. — horse country — where both Edelmans grew up. Sam was the son of tanners, and Libby the daughter of an advertising man. They met when Libby, covering the shoe market for “Seventeen” magazine, visited the showroom of Horseshoes, a brand of equestrian-inspired shoes run by Sam and his father. “And then I fell in love with shoes,” says Libby, who is 59.
Nine months later, they wed, and when Sam, the co-founder of Kenneth Cole Productions and a former Candies executive, received an offer from Esprit to create a shoe division, the couple moved to California. After the birth of their first of three children, Libby started working fulltime for Esprit, too.
About four years later, the husband-wife team running Esprit broke up, and the Edelmans began scouting for their next opportunity. Macy’s, Cherokee and Guess courted them, and Kenneth Cole asked Sam to return. “We were getting picked up at airports in Rolls-Royces, and we were just kids,” Sam says. “It was an amazing time.”
But Sam was ready to sign his own name on a line of shoes. “I said to Libby, ‘Why don’t we do what Joan and David did and start a company called Sam & Libby?’”
That was in 1987, and Sam & Libby’s trademark bow-toed ballet flats captured the imagination of a generation. “When they hit the scene, they hit with a huge splash,” says Lori Durante, executive director at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach, who still remembers purchasing her first pair of Sam & Libbys in the early 1990s. “They came in with this burst of color and these really cool shoes, and everybody had to have something Sam & Libby if they were interested in being cool and current.”
But by the mid-’90s, sales of their flats had gone flat, and shoppers shrugged at their new apparel offerings. Maxwell Shoe Company purchased the brand, and an early retirement awaited the Edelmans.
Sam refashioned himself as a horse breeder, trainer and equestrian, and in 1999, the whole family moved to Palm Beach so Libby could live near the water, as she’d always dreamed, and Sam could be half an hour from their 5-acre S&L Farms in Wellington.
But Sam couldn’t quite break his fashion habit. During the Edelmans’ Florida years, Nikki Pulitzer of West Palm Beach assisted him on a couple of shoe launches. “He always has to work. He never stops,” says Pulitzer. “It’s like breathing to him.”
And a 2002 accident made Sam reconsider retirement. While riding in a Wellington canal, an alligator spooked Sam’s horse, and Sam was thrown to the ground. “When I woke up in the hospital, I knew my leg wasn’t set correctly, and I knew it because my foot was crooked,” Sam recalls.
For two years he couldn’t walk, endured episodes of excrutiating pain and underwent seven surgeries. “While I was crippled I turned to Libby and said, ‘If I ever can walk again, I want to finish my career in the fashion business’.”
‘We sort of stand alone’
In 2004, the Sam Edelman line was born, and department-store buyers, magazine editors and shoppers have fallen neatly in line.
“I think that right now he’s making the best shoes he’s ever made. They are really, truthfully original,” Pulitzer says. “He has this eye that is impeccable. He sees detail as it should be. There’s no gray. It’s black or white.”
Although the Edelmans sold their Palm Beach home several years ago and moved back to Connecticut, they purchased a place in Wellington in 2009. The light-filled house in the lushly decorated Palm Beach Polo community is decked out in midcentury furniture and paintings by local artists — and horses.
Wellington offers a change of scenery, but even when the Edelmans are here, they’re working on expanding Sam Edelman into a major lifestyle brand, with jewelry, legwear and fragrance, an expanded European presence and the opening of seven to 15 Sam Edelman stores in the United States.
Retirement? Out of the question, Sam says.
The couple is hooked on fashion’s steady rhythm of shows and seasons and European scouting trips. “That’s our milkhorse routine. That’s what we love,” he says. “How do you make tribal new again? How do you make mod become sexy? How do you take the ballet and make it come alive?”
There’s nothing like answering those questions, adds Libby. “It is very exciting to try to come up with something new, and go for it, and take the risk and come up with all the ideas that make it happen.” Says Sam, “I say it humbly after 35 years of working as hard as we’ve worked, we sort of stand alone.”
This article was originally published on April 6, 2013 in the Palm Beach Post; Written by Staff Writer, Staci Sturrock. Click here to view the original article.
I’m back… Jess here from Mint The Blog. So happy to be guest blogging for Sam Edelman! This time around we’re talking about the new loves of my life: the Marina - these babies were my go to shoe during LA Fashion Week! The heart shaped detail on the peep toe is super flattering and so classic. The ankle strap is delicate and pretty and the subtle pop of gold fleck detail on the heel is right up my alley as I am a total gold girl; it adds that perfect amount of rock n’ roll!
I wore the Marina‘s with leather pants and a camouflage tank to juxtapose the sophistication of the shoe. I love to mix and match pieces that you wouldn’t normally see together, and the tough look of the camo against the oh-so-feminine vibe of the Marina is my favorite part of this ensemble.
Although, I usually try to not to go overboard with matching, I felt this gold satchel complemented perfectly. An arrowhead necklace and black sunnies with gold detail (more gold, more gold!) added the finishing touches. Throw on a black blazer and this ensemble could easily go from day to night, shopping to concert!
The very versatile Marina’s come in some fantastic shades; the flirty and feminine blush tone, the fiery flamingo and the fresh turquoise. Sorry, couldn’t think of a “T” word for the last one! Tranquil! Done. Well, these black Marina’s have been on such heavy rotation I might just have to get one of each color! Happy Spring!
It isn’t just the mysterious and frightening plot of Pretty Little Liars that has us tuning in every week; it’s also the show’s amazing sense of style that makes watching PLL such a thrill. From Hanna’s flirty and feminine outfits to Aria’s eclectic punk-rock ensembles, each of the Liars’ has a unique look that captures their distinct personalities perfectly. Named one of the “Most Fashionable Shows of All Time” and “Most Stylish Cast on TV”, it is no surprise that both on and off set, these fashion icons are always seen rocking a pair of Sam Edelman shoes.
Check out some of our favorite fashion moments from the “Outstanding TV Drama,” Pretty Little Liars:
Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin), mixes flirty and fashion-forward in our ‘Pixie’ pump, ‘Wynn’ wedges, and ‘Knox booties on the show this season.
Ashley Benson adds an edge to her casual look in the ‘Beatrix‘ flats; and Lucy not only wore our ‘Danielle‘ pumps at her Nylon Magazine cover party, but even stopped by our Soho store to pick up some new shoes!
Meet the Blair. Versatile, stylish, and sophisticated, this work to weekend bag is fierce, sexy, and plays its role as the perfect accompaniment for any rendezvous. Check out why we’re obsessing over this seasons’ must-have convertible clutch:
- Get Your Edge- Spiked hardware and a whipstitch trim lend a dash of attitude to this supple leather bag.
- Natural Habitat- Praline python coils with nude leather to give neutral shades an exotic update.
- Sealed With A Kiss- An envelope style flap seals closed with a hidden magnetic snap.
- Day To Night- The removable strap transitions the Blair from shoulder bag to clutch allowing it to keep up no matter where the day takes you.
Now that we’ve let you in on the fabulous details of the Blair that we love, we want to hear from you. Tell us what stylish aspects you adore or what fun colors you’ll want in your hand and/or over your shoulder this spring on Facebook and Twitter.
In the world of fashion, there is no color combination that is more timeless or classically chic than black and white. From reliable everyday pieces to classic formal attire, these contrasting tones have worked harmoniously in our wardrobe for as long as we can remember. Yet, given this history of simple elegance, it’s easy to regard black and white styles as basic and even a bit boring. That is, until this season, when black and white are making a stunning comeback.
Whether making a statement with graphic patterns or polished separates, this season’s styles are giving you a multitude of new ways to let an achromatic palette add instant edge to your style.
Check out how we’re giving basic black and white a fashionable revamp with 3 fun and sexy looks that will be fresh yet classically stylish for many seasons to come!
The Golden Girls, of Golden White Décor are true Sam Edelman shoe lovers! Whether in need of elegant heels, street style flats, or edgy leather boots- Sam has a shoe for every outfit and any occasion. Comfortable, fashionable, fun, each amazing style is easy to wear and so versatile! One of our favorites is the Sebastian. With a mix of luxe materials and feminine detailing, this fashion-forward approach to the classic boat shoe goes great with everything from skinny jeans to a flirty Spring dress.
XX, The Golden Girls
Lauren in the Louie:
The Louie is a fun fringed bootie, that adds a pop of boho sass to a casual hip look. Pair it with jeans, a skater skirt, a jean jacket, or an animal printed bag and you’re good to hit the town! Funk it up or dress it down, the Louie is a Golden Girl favorite!