French Quarter Shops
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.).
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).
1036 Royal St., French Quarter
This cute little boutique is packed with stationery (including goop friend Alexa Pulitzer's line), coffee table books, and other great giftables. Blake does a great job of sourcing pieces from New Orleans locals, which she deftly mixes with more well-known brands.
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