This season we collaborated with artist Liz Libré and interior designer Lizzy Ott, co-founders of Lewis, our favorite children’s bedding company, to create an exclusive set of festive wrapping papers. Inspired by one of their favorite Lewis designs.
How did you decided on your Parsnip design for the papers?
LIZ: The Parsnip is one of our bestsellers. It reads floral and feels feminine, but as a root vegetable, there’s an underlying strength and resiliency.
LIZZY: The Parsnip’s femininity and playful sensibility is exactly how I view Loeffler Randall shoes: sophisticated but with whimsy.
What draws you to nature as a point of inspiration?
LIZ: There is no greater inspiration for my work than nature, and I’m pretty sure it’s because I love being outdoors. Running outside or taking walks with my kids in the woods or being by the ocean—it all fills me right up.
LIZZY: Nature is a powerful influencer for designers because there is nothing purer or more unique or varied. It is awe-inspiring for adults and creates curiosity in children. We love this William Carlos Williams quote: “Beauty is related not to ‘loveliness’ but to a state in which reality plays a part.”
Why did you decide to start Lewis and how do you balance your partnership?
LIZ: We’ve been friends for over 20 years! We went to high school and college together and cheered each other on in New York while pursuing our own creative paths. When Lizzy was helping us design our nursery seven years ago, we agreed there was a major hole in the market for baby bedding that felt child-like, not child-ish.
How do you suggest wrapping gifts with these papers?
LIZZY: I think a simple ribbon that matches the paper is really best. The colors and the prints need to shine!
LIZ: I always get ribbon from Studio Carta. It’s the most beautiful Italian ribbon from the most beautiful Italian mom of three who I have known for years. Hands down the prettiest ribbon and looks incredible on the wrapping paper.
What’s your approach to gifting and how are you spending the holidays?
LIZ: Between my husband and I, we have 21 nieces and nephews, so we always streamline gifts. I love making something for friends and siblings. This year, I’m going with friendship bracelets. My sister hosts during the holidays, and we always get dressed up . I love pairing my gold Lulus with a beautiful textile like a dress from Ace + Jig.
LIZZY: Throughout the year I keep a list of one thoughtful thing each person wouldn’t buy for themselves. If I don’t have a great idea, I donate in their name to a charity. Usually we’ll switch between families for festivities, but this year, we’re all meeting in Palm Springs. There will be a slew of parties leading up to our trip, and I’m relying on my pom-pom Lulus. Easily paired with cropped pants and a festive top, they’re the perfect party shoe.
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