Box Paper Scissor (3628 Magazine St., 504-891-4664; www.boxpaperscissor.com) owner Jovan Jumpierre describes her Uptown stationery shop as "a hidden gem." A former wardrobe stylist, Jumpierre brings her vibrant aesthetic to every aspect of the boutique, from its luxe selection of embossed Japanese papers to its interior design. "I'm big on minimalist designs, but I also like colors and details, the small and subtle things," Jumpierre says.
She opened her store in December 2011 to give New Orleans residents greater access to international stationery brands. "New Orleans is a very cultured and creative city, and there were things I was interested in that I couldn't find locally: clean, minimalist Midori stationery, Christian LaCroix stationery, Kaweco pens, which look like a tube of mascara but have an extremely nice feel," she says. "Custom stationery, wrapping paper, ribbons — we're really big on presentation, even in packaging and bags."
It's not surprising that Jumpierre's aesthetic extends to her own wardrobe. Below, the sharply dressed paper maven shares her styling tips.
How do you describe your style?
It's all based on feeling. I am very in tune with how items naturally compel me or not. Practicality certainly is key, and I do consider how a piece can be utilized in multiple ways.
Who are your style icons?
There are people whom I hold in high esteem, like Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Alber Elbaz and Phoebe Philo.
What style blogs or magazines do you read?
The Gentlewoman and Jalouse.
Where do you like to shop?
Barneys New York and Net-A-Porter.com.
Tell us about Box Paper Scissor and how the shop reflects/influences your style.
We offer designer journals, customizable and letterpress stationery to pair with any occasion. Box Paper Scissor is my blank canvas; it's a chance to fuse two of my passions. I find it liberating.
What are some of your fashion tips?
The best summation I can offer is, "In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different." — Coco Chanel