The COMPANY OF STRANGERS IS JESSICA TAFT LANGDON
After working in-house for a wide range of fashion businesses in New York City, Jessica relocated to Los Angeles in 2012, and launched her consulting career. The westward move meant that in addition to her network of footwear factories and suppliers based in Europe and Asia, she was able to start working with a new group of artisans and manufacturers based in California, as well as in Central America.
While running the influential, LA made brand the palatines, Jessica continued to work with private clients of all sizes, helping to launch and grow new and existing footwear businesses.
Previously called Alope Consulting, The Company of Strangers was launched with a clear focus on the process and the product. Having developed scores of seasonal collections for a wide variety of brands, Jessica brings an expertise to each nuanced step in the process from design concept, through precise sampling, to high quality finished product. Communication with client and manufacturing partners in at the heart of the process.
Although Jessica runs the day to day business of The Company of Strangers solo, the Company itself is an ad hoc group of factories, contractors, collaborators and colleagues, who are called on, as needed to support the needs of each project and each client. As a product expert, Jessica keeps an eagle eyed focus on the design, product development and production of shoes and accessories. When other functions are needed, experts in the field of merchandising, marketing, sales, graphic design, content creation and branding are available.
The Company of Strangers maintains a small number of clients on our roster, so that each client gets the individual focus needed to create the right product for their business.
In 2019, the Company has launched a long-term, in house project of its own - an archive of footwear from the late 20th & 21st century, with a focus on form, narrative, humor and character, as well unexpected details and styles. Currently on view by appointment only, we will have an online rental portal available soon.