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New Orleans’ Anthropologie One Year Anniversary

Last Friday I had the pleasure of being invited to the New Orleans Anthropologie to partake in their one year anniversary festivities. There were a number of events taking place but I settled on a  jewelry making class with Cynthia Sheridan, a Houston based designer.  Along with her sister Lorena Rodriguez,  Sheridan creates pieces that “transmit soul and spirit to the metals and minerals” under their De Petra jewelry line. It was a real treat being taught how to make one of the sister’s signature pieces, a necklace pouch filled with protective talismans. The sisters were excellent teachers and I can’t wait to try my hand at making more.  Pick up your own special DePetra bijoux online at Anthro.

Needle, thread, and felt, the essentials

Beautiful leather version of what we made

Sewing our pouch

Lots of pretty thread to choose from

The finished product, complete with feathers and beads

Makeshift apothecary

Quartz, amethyst (my birthstone), and essential oils and herbs to protect and ward off evil

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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.

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Show & Tell

I had the honor of being invited to Anthropologie’s grand opening celebration yesterday and luckily I had a new dress to wear for it. I invited my friend Leslie  along and we enjoyed soaking in the impressive space and sipping on wine. Don’t fret, I’m sharing pictures of the store on GoNOLA this week.

I basically wanted everything in the store, from the housewares to the clothes. Fortunately I exercised restraint and just bought a few small items for the house. Hey, it is my husband’s birthday today so at least I had an excuse. 

I’m going to have a total geek out moment.My dress, designed by Alabama Chanin, is known for their hand stitching. Everything is lovingly made by quilters in Alabama. This picture does absolutely no justice to the details on this dress. 
Necklace: Banana Republic
Shoes: Antonio Melani
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Anthropologie celebrates New Orleans in new store

The buzz word in the New Orleans retail scene for the past few months has been one word: Anthropologie.

  The retail space that housed Pottery Barn in The Shops at Canal Place has been replaced by something much, much more covetable and is opening this Friday. For those not in the know Anthropologie is owned by the same company as Urban Outfitters and is like Urban’s quirky older sister. Think romantic ruffles, dreamy prints and a more grown up yet whimsical aesthetic.

Rebecca Rebouche’s Mississippi River mural

Unlike other large, national companies that carry the same stock and decorating scheme Anthro has carefully selected several local designers’ merchandise to carry in the store and has employed local artists to bring a little southern sweetness to the space. The 9,000-square-foot retail clothing and housewares oasis will feature artist Rebecca Rebouché’s Mississippi River mural in addition to the local artist’s wares for purchase.

The designers list reads like a “who’s who” in the New Orleans’ handmade fashion and arts scene. Here are a few that you can expect to find:

Nancy Rhett

Suzannah Murray








I’ve also been invited to the grand opening and I can’t wait to cover the event for Go NOLA. So stay tuned for more exciting news!

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