Monthly Archives: November 2010

Mannequin Monday- Rubensteins Does Classic Christmas

  No matter what holiday you celebrate, or even if you don’t celebrate at all there is something exciting about window displays this time of year. There is so much effort that goes into displays and Christmas displays are always extra special.

Having been in business for 86 years Rubensteins knows the importance of luring in passerby and their great big windows allow them plenty of opportunity to do so.

Also starting at10:00AM on Monday, December 6th Rubensteins is having a big sale just in time for the holidays. If you’ve been putting off buying a new suit now is the time! Check out the deals and get there before they are gone.

All $495 Suits are now $395
20% Off all Blazers
20% Off Ballin Pants 30% Off Polo and Paul Smith
33% Off select Ties and Dress Shirts
35% Off Zegna and Brioni Suits and Sport Coats (not including Blazers)
25% – 40% Off Select Suits and Sport Coats and Seasonal Dress Pants
25% – 40% Shoes including styles from Ferragamo, Mezlan, Mark Nason, Cole Haan and Bruno Magli

Corner of St. Charles Ave & Canal St.
 Mon-Thurs. 10am-5:45pm
Friday-Saturday  10am-6pm
Sunday closed
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Slow Southern News

St. Charles Vision is hosting a two day trunk show on December 1st and 2nd at their Severn Ave and Uptown locations. Enjoy 50% off eye exams and 20% off frames (with lens purchase) during this annual sale. In addition Zeiss will be offering 20% off their Individual Lens.

Chris Yarbrough, Manager of the Uptown location says “We look forward to this trunk show every December. It is great to be able to pass on savings at this time of year.”  

St. Charles Vision carries the following stylish frames:  Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Salt, Mykita, Anne et Valentin, Seraphin, Tom Davies, Robert Marc, Prada, Bulgari, David Yurman, Judith Leiber, Italee, John Varvatos, Face A Face and Etnia Barcelona.

The Green Light District is holding its first event on December 9th, 2010 from 6-9pm in the 2000-2100 blocks on Magazine St. This will serve as a launch party to build awareness of environmental issues and offer shoppers an eco friendly alternative. All Green Light District Member businesses will be open late and each will be offering a unique eco-celebration for the community and its customers.Live music, food and drinks, informational booths, even a recycling demo will be part of the festivities.

Green Light District Businesses include Branch Out, Zuka Baby, GreenSerene, Spruce, Canopy, UP/Unique Products, Green Light New Orleans, and others.

The New Orleans Craft Mafia is holding their 5th annual  Last Stop Shop, a crafty holiday celebration on Thursday, December 16th at The Big Top.
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Off to the races, New Orleans style

Not only is November 25th Thanksgiving but it is also opening day at the New Orleans Fairgrounds. While most people know the Fairgrounds as the home of Jazz Fest it is also an actual race track with all of the fashionable traditions that go with it.

Something that I’ve always found fun are derby hats. If you have the opportunity to wear something out of the ordinary, I say embrace the moment! For a firsthand account of last year’s festivities and fashion read Miss Malaprop’s post on Dramatis Personae.

Fleur de Paris is the place to buy quintessential derby hats in New Orleans. Custom made millinery is their specialty and people come from all over to shop in their French Quarter store.

Of course men need to be properly attired as well. Southern Proper offers men a fun yet elegant way to celebrate this big day with ties that are anything but ordinary.

No matter what you’re doing this Thanksgiving have fun and stay fashionable!

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Mannequin Mondays- Enchantment at Fairy

One thing I love is a well edited boutique that really displays the owners vision and style. Elizabeth Laird does just that at Fairy. The shop opened in September of 2001 in the Garden District and has been in its current location nearby Whole Foods on Magazine St. for four years.

 Elizabeth says:

“I wanted to  open a store that I would want to shop in.  I strive to find unique, items with a little quirkiness (you won’t find a lot of basics or pants).  It is also very important to me to have fair prices.  I don’t target a particular age group.  I target a particular customer.  She likes to travel, read, she has a sense of humor ( a little twisted).  She is into art and music as well as good food.  She likes clothes with a feminine edge. When I first opened, I would get upset when someone came in and didn’t find my selection to their liking.  Now, I appreciate the fact that ” Fairy is not for everyone”.  When the right person comes in, it makes all of my hard work so worthwhile.”

 Of course Fairy has its own special little guardian,Toulouse. His cheeky personality is a perfect fit with the store and he’s even amassed a fan club all his own..

Fairy is also located next door to Pixie, a fabulous cosmetics store owned by makeup artistKatie Seghers Malone opened Pixie next door.  Katie has a huge following for her brow shaping, offers Fantasy Tan and stocks hard to find indie cosmetics brands.  Fairy and Pixie are both offering a 10% discount to all readers starting Black Friday.  Just use the code “slowsouthernstyle” to get the discount.

5715 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
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Lula Kate is great

At this time of year everyone starts thinking about holiday parties. While I am all about purchasing a new frock for each party season I also want a good standby that I can rely on year after year. I recently discovered Lula Kate and while they tout themselves as bridesmaid designers these frocks are chic and most importantly transcend the bridal party look, meaning you’ll have a cocktail dress at the ready for a number of events.

Lula Kate is based in Charleston, South Carolina and designer Katherine McDonald wanted to create fun, simple clothing inspired by the elegance of her atypical southern home. Her vision was a success and her designs can be custom made to your liking. Pick your bodice, colors, fabrics, and accessories. Need a formal gown? No problem. Want something short yet elegant? That’s possible as well.

“”LulaKate dresses have become synonymous with chic, southern elegance. Because LulaKate started as a classic ready-to-wear women’s clothing collection, our dresses are truly worthy of being worn time and time again. The versatility of each individual dress will have your bridesmaid’s thanking you long after the wedding.”

For ordering information visit Lula Kate today!
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Guest post: I Love Memphis Blog

 I’m really excited to announce a guest blogger today, Kerry Crawford!  Kerry lives in Memphis and runs the I Love Memphis blog, which features the best of Memphis arts, culture, music, sports, food and style. When she’s not writing, Kerry skates for Memphis Roller Derby’s Women of Mass Destruction, bakes pies and plays the ukulele.

She’s sharing with us some great Memphis fashion designers and shops so if you’re ever in Tennessee be sure to check them out. I’m also sharing with her readers my top 5 New Orleans designers so visit her blog to read my post. 


Memphis is a city with a decidedly independent spirit. Memphians don’t follow the rules – we make them up as we go. Our DIY ethic is present in our music, our art and our style. Check out these five Memphis shops that are keeping the Bluff City stylish.
All of Sache’s butter soft jersey t-shirts are designed and screen printed at their airy shop in the South Main Arts District. Designer Eric Evans’ logo tees and Renaissance-inspired prints are printed on adult and kid-sized t-shirts. They’ve also got dip-dyed tees and tanks with a charitable bent – a percentage of their sales goes to GulfAid. 

Shalisha Franklin isn’t so much a designer as she is a curator. Her shop, Strange Fruit Vintage, is stocked with hand-picked threads from the 80’s and 90’s. Don’t worry about looking ridiculous – the collection is way more Lisa Turtle than Urkel. While Strange Fruit is primarily an online shop, Shalisha occasionally hosts pop-up shops and fashion shows around Memphis. 

Sometimes, it’s not what you wear, but what you wear it with. Andrea Fenise’s Style Junkie Boutique carries shoes, bags and jewelry for ladies who aren’t afraid to make a statement. Fenise hand-makes some of her jewelry (like her dangly feather earrings). 

Those looking for something completely unique (and super cute) should check out South Main’s newest boutique,  Hoot + Louise. The shop, which is named after the owner’s grandma, carries vintage clothing and housewares as well as pieces by lesser-known and hard-to-find designers. 

 The coolest t-shirts in Memphis come from Five in One, a little artists collective in Midtown. All of their t-shirts are printed in-house and sold at their weekly Social Club and at art events around the city. A few times a year, they host printing parties where anyone can bring clothing in for custom prints. They also carry handmade knits, jewelry and embroidered track jackets.

Big thanks for doing this Kerry!

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Bayou Salvage

When I first started this blog I instantly knew that I wanted to showcase talented locals producing lovely, well made clothing and accessories.  Kerry Fitts of Bayou Salvage is one of these individuals. She was even sought out by Anthroplogie and her work can be purchased at the New Orleans store. Her style is “southern gothic” and no one but Kerry could describe her aesthetic better:

“Rust. Sweat. Stormy nights. Sweet Tea on the front porch. Whisky out back. House proud.Cypress moss swinging from branches.Old leather. Family secrets. Muddy back roads. Torn linen.Tent revivals. In the deep south,our atmosphere is our destiny. Whether its the heat,water,wind or hurricanes..our unique cultural experience dictates the way in which we live and how our effects survive. It is our reckoning. My work appeals to those who understand the deep South no matter who or where they are.”

I’ve followed your work for a while and love it! Tell Slow Southern Style readers a little bit about what you do. 
I recreate the stories of the Southern women that live in my head through clothing and accessories. They are women that are resourceful like Scarlett O Hara grabbing the green velvet curtains to make the dress that makes Rhett Butler fall in love her. I grab the curtains all the time!

French Market Bag ... charcoal black ruffle tote from down de bayou
French Market Bag

Your designs have a definite “salvaged” feel to them and a romantic, dark undertone. Aside from New Orleans what else inspires your designs? 
I was born and raised in  Faulkner Country.  Many of the folks in my town were written about by old Bill and other writers. Larry Brown was my fireman. Dogs still sleep in the streets. Its sort of a lowdown magical lunatic bin. Some people say tellin stories is in the water. I think it in the whiskey myself- the whiskey one must drink because there’s nothing to do out there. We romanticize it to make sense out of the pieces or at least what happened the night before. I just tell my stories with fabric, found objects and a bit of make do.

Sunny Came Home...Rococo Tuxedo Seersucker Ruffle Dress  from down de bayou fits all s m l xl plus
Rococo tuxedo dress

You recently were approached by Anthropologie to design some pieces for the New Orleans store. What was your experience like working with them?
They decided to highlight local artists and designers to promote the region. I feel very fortunate they liked my work. What an honor. 

Keep Calm and Carry on...Vintage Liberty of London Textile Cuffs
Vintage Libery of London textile cuffs

When you aren’t designing what other hobbies and activities do you enjoy?
I’ve been pretty busy these days but hanging with my hunting dogs, road trips and the latest mystery novel or nextflix thriller keeps me going.

Define southern style.  

Southern style to me embraces the languid geography of where we live- enveloped by water below, beside and around us. Southern style is as mysterious and winsome as the bayous and eddys of the Mississippi River- calm, murky or churning.It nods to history and looks forward. It is hopeful.

Bayou Bloomers rustic ruffle pantaloon in FRENCH VANILLA..S.M.L.PLUS.from down de bayou

Purchase Bayou Salvage at the following places.


Bayou Salvage

New Orleans, Louisiana:

West Columbia, South Carolina:

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Slow Southern News

 Printmaker Theresa Cole is hosting a walk through at Tulane’s Newcomb Art Gallery on Wednesday, November 17th at 5:30pm. The discussion centers around  how artists gain influence from textiles and will cover the current exhibit”Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan.

Swap Boutique is celebrating their two year anniversary and their kids store grand opening on Thursday, November 18th from 10:00am- 9:00pm. All shoppers will receive “swap bucks” ranging from $5 to $50. Gae-tanas, Em and Livs, and Rye Clothing are all staying open until 9:00pm to join in the festivities.

Aucoin Hart jewelers is previewing their fleur de lis bracelet designed exclusively for the store by David Yurman. Limited quantities are available so be sure to get the sneak peek on Thursday, November 18th from 12:00pm-8:00pm.

Feet First on Magazine St. is having a trunk show on Friday, November 19th and Saturday November 20th for Born and Sofft brand shoes.

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Mannequin Monday- Stella Boutique

Window displays are everything. If you don’t have something great to lure customers in you’ve lost half your audience already. One boutique that understands this is Stella. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana the store utilizes common materials for maximum effect.

What started as a simple idea….

Turns into something fun and eye catching.

I love how this turns a simple display into something utterly fun yet elegant at the same time.

Baton Rouge, LA, 70808 
Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
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