Jane Aldridge

Blogger; seaofshoes.com. New York

If there's one thing we've learned, it’s that a blogger’s moniker is sometimes slightly misleading. Just look at Leandra Medine, a.k.a. The Man Repeller, whose nuptials swiftly debunked her blog's namesake. (But, hey, that don't mean Medine's fem-centric views have shifted or skewed.) And when we raided Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere's stuff we found no sign of cupcakes or cashmere - but there was a lot of shoes and sparkly things. When we caught up with blogger Jane Aldridge – the girl behind Sea of Shoes – we were slightly shocked to see the footwear-obsessed girl had only packed a few pairs... now that is what we like to call "living edited." We won't lie; as longtime readers, we'd anticipated Aldridge would have brought along the kind of collection her blog's name suggests. We've peeped her site long enough to virtually drool over her (and her moms - they share a lot!) endless sea of Ann D's, Dries, Rochas et al., which instantly made us declare that a trip to Texas was in order... stat.
We kind of consider Aldridge to be the same breed of blogger as Susie Lau of Style Bubble or Bryan Boy who's been around since before the meteoric rise of fashion blogging. Starting her blog in 2007, at the age of 15, Aldridge documented her day-to-day ensembles and it wasn't long before the industry started taking notice. We chatted with her about attending the Crillon Ball in Paris: "I was extremely excited, but definitely terrified. You know in a situation like that I was bound to feel like a bit of a hillbilly. Going to Paris to be fitted in CHANEL Haute Couture is definitely the coolest thing to ever happen to me, and will ever happen to me!"
And, naturally, we had to inquire about that porcelain-perfect mug. Aldridge told us how her love of Japanese skincare and cosmetics stemmed from never being able to find products to match her pale complexion. Well, that, and her general fascination with Japanese fashion. "My mom was a model in Tokyo in the early 80s and was really into Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons," she revealed to us. "She has a few pieces from back then that she has given me." Guess we'll have to wait 'til that Texas trip...