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Thursday, September 7, 2017

gae-tana's reopens today

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 8:59 AM

The newly renovated gae-tana's clothing boutique hosts a three-day grand reopening celebration.
  • The newly renovated gae-tana's clothing boutique hosts a three-day grand reopening celebration.

Longtime Uptown women's clothing boutique gae-tana's (7732 Maple St., 504-865-9625; www.gaetanas.com) reopens at 10 a.m. today after being closed more than three months to repair damage from a one-alarm fire May 19.

Williams Plum Street Snowballs will serve its specialty from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Jewelry artist Suzanne Lossi will be in the store Friday and Saturday, and artist Grant Nelson will paint a canvas on site from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A highlight of the celebration Saturday is a second-line parade with a brass band. The public is invited to join in as the procession makes its way from Bruno's Tavern (7538 Maple St.) to gae-tana's. The second line starts at 12:30 p.m.

Renovation of the building includes wood reclaimed from the original shop, which has been open for three decades, made into shelves and other display items. The shop's merchandise will remain a variety of classic and trendy apparel, shoes, jewelry, handbags and other accessories.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Frenchmen Art Market to close with a 'second line' July 25

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Frenchmen Art Market moves to The Art Garage July 25.
  • Frenchmen Art Market moves to The Art Garage July 25.

Frenchmen Art Market will leave its space with a ceremonial "second line" July 25 after five years as part of the strip's bustling nightlife. The market and its vendors will move to the market's spin-off location The Art Garage on St. Claude Avenue, which opened in 2016. The market announced its closure on social media: "We continued to pay our rent but decided to second line out when the sheriff arrives."

After opening as a pop-up market in 2012, Frenchmen Art Market moved to a permanent space in a lot next to the Spotted Cat. The market grew into a sprawling outdoor bazaar with dozens of local artists and vendors selling clothing, art, jewelry and other handcrafted goods under twinkling string lights and warm bulbs lighting each table.

A farewell "second line" meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, and rolls at 8 p.m. beginning at Frenchmen Street and moving to Royal Street, then Esplanade Avenue, back down Frenchmen to Dauphine Street, then to Elysian Fields Avenue then St. Claude, ending at The Art Garage market at 2231 St. Claude Ave.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NOLA Boards opens second location in the French Quarter

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 1:43 PM

Daren Sumrow and Mandy Simpson, owners of NOLA Boards on Magazine Street, are opening a second location in the French Quarter Saturday. - PHOTO COURTESY MANDY SIMPSON
  • Photo courtesy Mandy Simpson
  • Daren Sumrow and Mandy Simpson, owners of NOLA Boards on Magazine Street, are opening a second location in the French Quarter Saturday.

NOLA Boards (4304 Magazine St., 504-516-2601; www.nolaboards.com) owners Daren Sumrow and Mandy Simpson open a second location of their flagship store at 519 Wilkinson Street in the French Quarter Saturday, July 1. The shop is one block from Jackson Square and is part of the revitalization of the retail space known as Wilkinson Row. Store hours Saturday are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a champagne toast at 5 p.m. Shrub District and El Guapo Bitters punch and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a raffle for a NOLA Boards cutting board and gift card. Select products are 20 percent off.

The new store will carry the same home goods as the Magazine Street location, with an expanded line of foodie jewelry and custom countertop options. Professional knife sharpener Susan Doty will offer sharpening services in-house.

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Pappion Artistry Gallery & Gift Shop grand opening is Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 1:12 PM

Drink coasters based on designs from Pappion's hand-painted home goods. - PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTINA PAPPION
  • Photo courtesy Christina Pappion
  • Drink coasters based on designs from Pappion's hand-painted home goods.

Pappion Artistry Gallery & Gift Shop (528 Girod St., Mandeville, 504-710-2434; www.pappionartistry.com) celebrates its grand opening 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1. To commemorate the occasion, owner and artist Christina Pappion's original and custom commissioned paintings are 20 percent off in store. There will also be door prizes, such as drink coasters decorated with iconic New Orleans people and scenery.

GRAPHIC COURTESY CHRISTINA PAPPION
  • Graphic courtesy Christina Pappion

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Record Store Day parties, events and sales in New Orleans April 22

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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The 10th annual Record Store Day returns Saturday, April 22 with a ton of limited releases and events held at record stores worldwide.

Participating Record Store Day stores in New Orleans are Euclid Records, Louisiana Music Factory, The Mushroom, NOLA Mix Records, Peaches Records, Sisters in Christ and Skully'z Recordz. But stores citywide are holding special events and sales to mark the occasion. Official Record Store Day participants took the "Record Store Day Pledge," meaning the stores will carry the "spirit of Record Store Day" and sell official Record Store Day releases in the store and not gouge the prices or hold them to sell online.

There are several local releases on this year's list, including a double LP from Allen Toussaint (The Allen Toussaint Collection) and triple LP singles collection from The Meters (Message from The Meters — The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977). Among other highlights: a Prince 7" picture disc, Sun Ra's Janus, Cinewax and Light in the Attic's Psychic Migrations compilation, Spacemen 3's Recurring, and Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack reissued for the film's 35th anniversary on a picture disc. Take a look at the full list here.

Here's a look at local record store events on April 22.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Haspel's Laurie Haspel Aronson talks seersucker, tradition and innovation

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The Haspel factory as it once stood on the corner of Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue. - PHOTO COURTESY OF HASPEL
  • Photo courtesy of Haspel
  • The Haspel factory as it once stood on the corner of Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue.

In 1909, Joseph Haspel Sr. opened Haspel, a textile factory specializing in lightweight men’s suits. Haspel — known colloquially as “the Factory” by neighbors and workers — was located at the intersection of Broad St. and St. Bernard Ave. until production moved to Tylertown, Mississippi, where it stayed until the brand was bought out by the Palm Beach Company in the late 1970s.

Joseph Haspel saw a niche in the market for manufacturing suits that could withstand the heat and the humidity of the New Orleans summertime — suits for working men of all color collars. He once famously went for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean, fully clothed in one of his suits to demonstrate its ability to withstand moisture. Reportedly, he hung the suit up to dry, and threw it back on for an evening engagement. The suit retained its silhouette, and Haspel was on the fashion map.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

New Orleans Fashion Week events March 18-24

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:39 PM

Confetti poppers marked the end of Lisa Iacono's 2014 Dreamcar Collection runway show. - PHOTO BY GEOVANNI VELASQUEZ (WWW.BLACKANDGEAUXLD.COM)
  • Photo by Geovanni Velasquez (www.blackandgeauxld.com)
  • Confetti poppers marked the end of Lisa Iacono's 2014 Dreamcar Collection runway show.

New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) takes the city by the stilettos March 18-24, with a full slate of events for fashion lovers of all ages and genders. NOFW brings together budding and established designers from all over the country, with a focus on homegrown talent from the Gulf South, and provides a chic setting for networking, mentoring and — of course — shopping. The group's mission is "to foster and support economic growth by raising attention to the talents of southern designers, beauty professionals, photographers and models," and the dream is realized this month with a parade of fashion shows, demonstrations, pop-up boutiques and panels.

Red carpet events and runway shows are March 22-24 at the Civic Theater, with Luxe Marketplace pop-up stores at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 as well, and shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $35 for upper-level general admission to $300 for a 3-day VIP pass, and are available here. The fashion fun doesn't stop there though — here's some info about attendant events.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Local artisans Mark and Ann-Marie Derby get national spotlight on Handcrafted America

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Mark Derby of Derby Pottery & Tile demonstrates how he casts his handmade tiles in front of the Handcrafted America film crew. - COURTESY OF SIMONE MCDOWELL OF INSP
  • Courtesy of Simone McDowell of INSP
  • Mark Derby of Derby Pottery & Tile demonstrates how he casts his handmade tiles in front of the Handcrafted America film crew.

Handcrafted America is a cable TV show dedicated to showcasing artisans around the country that still make things the old-fashioned way, by hand. Each episode features three artisans that are arguably the best in their trade, interviewed by host Jill Wagner in their own workspaces. Wagner takes an immense pride in introducing viewers to the makers of crafts mundane (brooms) and elaborate (chess sets hand carved from Hawaiian Koa wood).

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nordstrom Rack celebrates its grand opening at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 11:24 AM

Nordstrom Rack celebrates its grand opening with giveaways and live music.
  • Nordstrom Rack celebrates its grand opening with giveaways and live music.

Nordstrom Rack
 (The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 245, 504-930-3870), which sells Nordstrom merchandise at steep discounts, celebrates its grand opening at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. At two stories and 35,000 square feet, it will be the largest store in The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.

"We are thrilled to bring this store to the market," says Frank Quinn, Senior General Manager. "It was the most requested store, and it is unique to New Orleans in terms of lines they carry at discounted prices. You may be able to find some of those brands at a full-price department store, but you won't find them discounted anywhere else in New Orleans."

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Fair Trade clothing line Passion Lilie opens in Bywater

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 1:54 PM

The new summer 2016 collection is for sale at Passion Lilie. - KATIE SCHMIDT
  • KATIE SCHMIDT
  • The new summer 2016 collection is for sale at Passion Lilie.
Passion Lilie (3207 Burgundy St., 504-408-1279), a Fair Trade, eco-friendly women's clothing and accessory line designed in New Orleans by owner Katie Schmidt, celebrated the grand opening of its Bywater storefront this month. It replaces Bon Castor, a gift shop which occupied the retail space from 2012 through spring 2016. 

Prior to opening the storefront, Schmidt sold her eco-friendly cotton garments at art markets, festivals and more than 50 stores throughout the U.S. "We had a small workshop in the back of a store but needed more room for design and inventory space," Schmidt says. "This opportunity came up in Bywater, and it was perfect."

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