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French Quarter Shops

Establishment neighborhood
Krewe du Optic
809 Royal St., French Quarter
Krewe founder Stirling Barrett knows how to create an experience. Krewe is fundamentally a sunglasses store, but it’s also a hidden spot to have a coffee and just hang out. Like the city behind the brand, these frames are unusual, sometimes quirky, and beautifully crafted. Set aside time to visit Barrett’s plant-filled, showroom-style store and you won’t be able to leave without indulging in a pair of these special frames. Slow burners, indecisive shoppers, and general passersby can take a seat in the sunny, brick-walled alley outside for a coffee break.
Exodus Goods (Closed)
518 Conti St., French Quarter
Co-owned by Solange Knowles, Exodus Goods, which lives in a brick-lined warehouse with colorful, airily-dotted racks, has made some big waves in New Orleans: There just aren't as many small, specialty boutiques doing interesting things as you would think. But Exodus Goods is different. It's also helmed by sisters Darlene and Lizzy Okpo, and Armina Mussa, and the buy revolves around smaller, streetwear-inspired indies like Ace & Jig, Nanushka, and Anatomy Project, along with pieces from New Orleans locals.
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