Prep With Our Crew: Kate Sherrer

See how Product Designer, Kate Sherrer, lives the prep life here at Sperry HQ.

March 29, 2018
in Style

Think khakis and croakies… pastels and paisleys… and blazers and bowties are the only way to rock your prep style? Not in our world!

We’re redefining what it means to be a prep, from bold, unique color palettes to plaids and patterns of all kinds. In this series – Prep With Our Crew – our team shows off how they live the prep life here at Sperry HQ.

First up: product designer Kate Sherrer, whom you may recognize as the mastermind behind our best-selling penny. Get to know her prep style here.

What’s your role at Sperry?
Senior Designer, Women’s Top-Sider
What’s your favorite part about your job?
All of it! But if I had to pick a few, probably working with new materials. It can bring shoes to life in a whole new way from season to season. International travel is also an awesome bonus!
How do you define preppy?
I think there has to be a nod to some kind of tailoring to make something prep. A sharp collar, a structured jacket, maybe pants that just fit really well. Classic footwear, for sure. And definitely not all at once, either! What’s fun about prep is how easily you can infuse color and surprise materials to take it away from being so serious and uniform.
Describe your personal style.
There’s a lot of “classic w/ a twist” in my style. Knits and feminine blouses tucked into skinny jeans or wide leg trousers. Sometimes a pair of great earrings, and always a different pair of shoes from day to day, no matter what. That’s my go-to for work.
Where do you get style inspiration?
Everywhere! I am also always following our Instagram tags (#SperryMyWay). Honestly, I’m so amazed by the way our customers style Sperrys. I can tell how much they love them, too, and that inspires me to keep designing for their lives and picture what great style or material or color they might want next season.

I was on a Jane Fonda in “Barefoot in the Park” kick last fall after Netflix released it on their streaming service. I literally screenshot every outfit and fabulous jacket of hers onto my iPad. I was also loving all of the casual 80’s Princess Diana looks that re-emerged around the anniversary of her death last summer.
Favorite pair of Sperrys for the season?
I’m in the Seaport Penny all the time here at work! I have a few of the new styles and colors from seasons that aren’t for sale yet and it makes me thrilled when people stop to ask about them. I hope everyone else loves them as much as I do!
Pair of Sperrys you couldn’t live without?
I lived in my Saltwater Tide when I was out and about this year. They are so warm and easy to throw on.
Actor/Actress who would play you in a movie?
I’ve heard Jessica Pare is my celebrity twin.

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