Meet Jackie Kradin, True Fashion Girl, and Given the Chance, Shoe Designer

Jackie Kradin, moved to New York City and worked her way up in the fashion industry into her new role as a Shoe Designer. We got the tea, literally, hers Chamomile and well we, just had what she had. As we sat down we could not help but to gush over her new engagement….ring; he did good! Then we got right to it, shooting around a charming French Bistro in the East Village, the vibes and fries were amazing. She tells us what shoes every girl must have and the restaurants she’s obsessed with. She’s no fashion blogger, but with her style we def see it in the near future. What stands out most is her confidence in the pieces she owns. She’s trendy yet classic, and we love that. Read more below to see our shoot with Jackie walking around the East Village chatting about….what girls chat about.

BF: Before you were a designer who were you?

J:  Before I was a designer I was a little lost honestly. I knew I wanted to be a successful, independent, powerhouse business women. Doing what though? I had no clue. I always loved fashion and putting outfits together, but at the time, I didn’t even think of going to college for fashion. This was also before social media and bloggers, so I never even thought of making a career out of it. I went to school for marketing and when I graduated, I had no idea what to do. I landed a job at Clark’s, in customer service answering phones from 11 am to 8 at night; talking to people whose 10 year old shoes had fallen apart and wanted a new pair for free. This was not the job for me, but I knew I had to get my foot in the door and start somewhere. My love for footwear started to evolve and I desperately wanted to get more involved in the product side but they never gave me a chance.

“Bloggers were also emerging and all I wanted to do was quit and become a fashion blogger but I felt too insecure to put my personal life out there for all the world to see. So, I moved to New York, started working at Steve Madden, took classes at FIT and worked my way into a designer role.

BF: How has New York changed your fashion sense?

J:   I grew up in Massachusetts, so there wasn’t ever really any diversity in the way people dressed.  Living in New York on the other hand, inspires me every day.  The way people dress and carry themselves here is really something special.  I’ve become a lot more confident in taking risks with my fashion choices and try things that I probably would have never tried if I didn’t live here.

Purse, Bottega Veneta Cassette Bag

BF: How has your style evolved, as you’ve gotten older?

  J: My fashion sense has become a lot more refined and authentic to my personal style. My style has always had a very bohemian and freestyle influence but I also love a very clean and tailored look. I dress for my mood so I mix it up all the time while trying to maintain attributes of femininity.

Sneakers, Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage

BF: What fashion statements are you sticking to right now?

J: Padded shoulders.  I remember thinking it was a kind of dated look but now I love a good power shoulder moment.

BF: Where/who would you say you get your personal style from?

J:  Aimee Song  and  Jane Birkin

Favorite Places to Grub

Standard East Village
Maialino Gramercy park

Sunglasses, Prada; Fur, Vintage handed down from Jackie’s Grandmother, Irma

BF: Tell us something no one knows about you. 

              J:  I’m pretty much an open book.

BF: What’s your favorite thing to cook? 

J: A roasted chicken with lots of vegetables.

BF: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

J: Don’t try to impress everyone.

BF: Being a shoe designer, tell us. What shoe should every girl own? 

J: Every girl needs a few staples. A white pair of sneakers – right now I’m really into the Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage, nude strappy heeled sandals and black booties.  I stick to the more timeless look of footwear.  I like making a statement every now and then but I am a collector of shoes, and if I’m going to spend a lot of money on a pair, I want them to always be in style.  My go to designer brand is The Row, always.

BF: Who inspires you? 

J: My parents. They are the most selfless and hardest working people I know.

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