New Orleans Shops
Billy Reid (Closed)
3927 Magazine St., Uptown
Sure, Billy Reid is quickly carpeting the country with really, really well-done boutiques, but Reid is actually a Louisiana boy. He grew up in the tiny town of Amite, where is mother operated a women's clothing boutique. While Billy Reid got its start as a menswear brand, they're now doing women's as well, which has the same American sportswear sensibility. Tasseled loafers, patterned shorts, and leather dresses round out the mix.
Dop Antiques & Architecturals
300 Jefferson Hwy, Bldg. 1, Jefferson
If you're in the mood for a good—albeit dusty—dig, and might be in the market for salvaged stained glass doors or a set of French bar stools, this warehouse will be your jam. It's vast, but the prices are fair and they receive shipments all the time, meaning it's a get-it-before-it's-gone scenario.
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.
Faulkner House Books
624 Pirate's Alley, French Quarter
Occupying the former home of William Faulkner, this eponymous shop is one of the more special bookstores in the world. You'll find plenty of great reads (from Faulkner and others), along with collectibles and rare editions.
434 Chartres St., French Quarter
Back in 1931, Mrs. Alvin Hovey-King set up shop on Royal Street, where she sold perfumes, a trade passed down by her French Creole mother. The tradition continues to this day, and although the shop has relocated a handful of times, the same sensibility prevails. Most of the scents—in colognes, perfumes, bath salts, and lotions—are gloriously old-fashioned and Southern-specific, like Creole Days, corduroy, vetivert, and heliotrope.
325 Royal St., French Quarter
Keil’s Antiques has been holding court in New Orleans since the late 1800s: In fact, it's operated by the fourth generation of Keil's. The emphasis here is on pieces from the 17th, 18th, and 19th century, which might be a giant armoire, or a delicate piece of estate jewelry. The Keil family also runs Moss Antiques (411 Royal St.) and Royal Antiques (309 Royal St.).
3806 Magazine St., Uptown
In 1996 Jane Scott Hodges founded Leontine Linens, and in 2002, she picked up the mantle established by Eleanor Beard, who built a legendary needlepoint and embroidery business in the 20th century thanks to an army of wonderfully skilled artisans. Post-acquisition you can find the same level of service at Leontine: Cut and sewn to order duvets, sheeting, toweling, and table linens which are then hand-embroidered and appliqued. It's really beautiful stuff, turned out by some of the best needleworkers in the country. (The baby goods are instant-heirlooms and perfect gifts.)
610 Chartres St., French Quarter
It's not surprising that this would make our hearts beat a little faster, as the emphasis is on culinary antiques, which might show up in the form of silver wine timbales from France or café au lait bowls from the early 1900s. The price tags match the quality, the specificity, and the location (Lucullus lives in a 19th century building on Chartres Street).
3719 Magazine St., Uptown
Architect and New Orleans resident Marion Cage McCollam started making jewelry more than a decade ago, and has quietly built up a following. It makes sense, because her whisper thin rings and quietly gorgeous studs cast in the shape of talons stand-out in a city known for its devotion to all things ornate. She also does really beautiful and streamlined hardware, including knob pulls and hooks.
5500 Magazine St., Uptown
Offering a department store's worth of lines, this long-standing staple—helmed by mother/daughter team, Mimi Robinson and CeCe Colhoun—is the sort of place where you roll in looking for something specific, and emerge with a closet-full of staples. 3.1 Phillip Lim, Theia, and Michael Kors dot the racks, while the in-store shoe salon (CeCe) focuses on Charlotte Olympia, Sophia Webster, and Ancient Greek Sandals.
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