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.
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.)
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.
5521 Magazine St., Uptown
This is one of those shops that manages to embody an entire aesthetic sensibility: It feels like a glamorous, French-tinged beach house where everything is perfectly effortless, and, well, perfect. And like a beach house, there's kind of something for everyone, whether it's a pair of Anthony Nak or Irene Neuwirth earrings, a summery dress from Matta or Megan Park, or a green lacquer tray. There's also an impressive apothecary, packed with Cire Trudon candles and Diptyque eau de toilettes.
4858 Magazine St., Uptown
Situated in a cheery yellow townhouse—and dotted with mid-century modern furniture—shopping at Victoria's feels like a trip through a good friend's closet. The edit is specific and spare, with pieces from Gary Graham, Dusica Dusica, and Autumn Cashmere lining the racks.
4011 Magazine St., Uptown
It's funny, but when Weinstein's opened back in the '70s, it was expressly devoted to menswear—these days, it's known for dressing the fairer sex, and in forward-thinking lines, too. You'll find many labels exclusive to the store, including Dries van Noten, Rick Owens, and Sacai.
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