Editors note: I Love Memphis has started to partner with awesome bloggers from around the region to share the best of what’s happening in our cities. I’m super excited about this post by Christy Lorio, the New Orleans blogger behind Slow Southern Style. She and I traded lists of our favorite local designers. To read my post, visit her blog.
New Orleans is known for its food, culture, music, and history. While the Big Easy’s inhabitants are stylish this isn’t a city that is widely known for its fashion in the way that other major cities are. Fortunately there are a slew of talented people out there trying to change that. I’m going to introduce to y’all today some of my favorite fashion designers down here in the Crescent City that are gaining attention both locally and nationally.
Jolie & Elizabeth is designed by two southern belles, Sarah Dewie and Jolie Benson. Together they serve up perfect party dresses in this town’s favorite football team’s colors, black and gold. Their summer collections are decidedly southern, with seersucker as the main fabric they work with.
Bayou Salvage is quintessential southern gothic. Designer Kerri Fits rides the line between tarnished and polished and her designs embody the swamp at night, or perhaps an uninhabited French Quarter residence. She was recently selected as one of several local designers to be featured in our newly opened Anthropologie store.
Seema Sudan of LiaMolly is a sweater designer with a most covetable selection of designs. She’s also been picked up by Anthropologie and has even designed a kids’ line for them. Her sweaters are dreamy on a cold day and will be sure to brighten the cloudiest of days. Bonus: I love Memphis readers can get 15% off their online purchase! Just use the code “ilovememphisblog” to receive your discount.
When most people come down to visit New Orleans they think of Mardi Gras, the raucous times to be had on Bourbon St., or perhaps the history that cabaret has here and its revival in our nightclubs. If you are seeking to channel your inner burlesque babe then look no further than OlgaItaly. From tiny top hats and feathered fascinators to beautifully hand beaded corsets you’ll feel like an indulgent glamorpuss in Olga’s get ups.
Of course no mention of NOLA designers would be complete without jeweler Mignon Faget. I always think of Mignon’s jewelry as the Tifffany’s of the south. These highly covetable pieces are great for everyday and usually depict some aspect of Louisiana living, be it a fish pendant or a fleur de lis.
About the author: Christy Lorio is a New Orleans native and the founder of the site Slow
Southern Style and the Southern Fashion Bloggers group. In addition, she does freelance writing for locally based websites.
Her hobbies include making kombucha, planning and sewing Mardi Gras
costumes, and taking care of her four cats, three snakes and a retired
racing greyhound. This January will be the eleventh time she’s hiked
to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.