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Fat Tuesday is dangerously close, which means late night sewing sessions, last minute supply scrambles, and trial runs with the costumes. I’m an anything goes at Mardi Gras time kind of gal, except for one thing- absolutely no applying glitter in the house. Shiny dust bunnies just aren’t my thing.

Speaking of glittery goodness, our second episode of Propaganda New Orleans is now live! Featuring Domenica’s king cake and a whisky tasting at Avenue Pub, it’s just the right amount of decadence for carnival season.  Click here to watch it on our site, or you can always subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Bad hair days command a silk headscarf and peppy pink Dolce Vita loafers add a distraction. (similar style here)

Trying out Little Korea on S. Claiborne
J. Crew desert boots for him
Work outfit- Obsessed with my expanding collection of Everlane t-shirts. Bracelet from Sabai, one of my favorite local jewelry stores.
Post- Satsuma Cafe lunch pose with the sis
Yummy noshes at Little Gem Saloon
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Goorin Brothers Grand Opening on Magazine Street

Regardless of what the trend du jour is, Southerners have always possessed an appreciation for traditional fashions. And while there’s a collective gasp every time rumors of an H&M or other big national chain makes headlines in New Orleans, it’s always the shops that slip right in to the retail landscape that get shoppers really excited.

The new Goorin Bros. location is already nestled in- with dark wood floors, handsome shelving, and a chandelier that’s straight out of a St. Charles mansion.  The hat company has roots in San Francisco going back to 1895, but fits right in to their Lower Garden District address. Joining Vernon, Branch Out, Friend, Aiden Gill, Truck Stop, and Vegas this stretch of Magazine Street is quickly developing into “menswear row”. Given the turn out for their grand opening, I’d speculate you’ll start seeing more stylish toppers gracing the noggins of New Orleans residents and visitors for some time to come.

For even more pictures from the night go to our Facebook page.

Elizabeth’s fantastic hat- made by her for Goorin Bros.
Justin of Invade NOLA, photo c/o Charle’ Washington

Elizabeth, Charle’, and Elijah

Me & Meg

Meet Dorothy Young

Armoire shop girls and sisters- Lindsay & Morgan
The Dapper Dandies

Elijah Bradshaw- photo c/o Charle’ Washington

Ben Azevedo- quite possibly one of my favorite people on Earth

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Southern Gent: Dressing Well With Kenny Rubenstein

This post is the second in a four part series. Each Thursday in April Kenny Rubenstein, General Manager of Rubensteins, will dole out simple ways to spruce up your wardrobe. The men’s only store is celebrating it’s 88th year in business this month, and we couldn’t be more pleased to help them celebrate. Please see the first post here.

Accessories make the look- image c/o VK Nagrani

What’s a good way to update pieces that you already own to make them feel fresh? 

    Buy a new tie. I always buy two ties for each suit/sportcoat because I never know how I might feel on a certain day.  Bright or dark, bold or subtle, patterned or solid.  I have days where I put a suit on with the same shirt and tie and I think, “This again?”  I pick out a new tie and presto! I feel reborn.

    Add a colorful pocket square to your coat! This works whether you are wearing a tie with the coat or not. It adds a fresh look to what you have been seeing on yourself day after day.

    Buy a new pair of Shoes. Try a shoe like the new brown suede Dacio from Donald Pliner.  You may have a brown slipon, but this one is a rich suede and has a blue contrast stitch. While it isn’t a bold shoe, it has a great new eye appeal that everyone will notice. 

    The secret to freshing up your wardrobe is to pick an item that has that little something extra.   Whether it’s orange trim on the pocket square, a hint of pink in the tie, or a unique texture to a shoe.   Of course you could do what I do- buy a fun pair of socks from V.K. Nagrani or Overdafut.  Any outfit will look fresh when you sport a new pair of colorful, patterned socks.
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    Southern Gent: Dressing Well With Kenny Rubenstein

    Morris, Elkin, and Sam Rubenstein. Image c/o Rubensteins

    Ladies sit this one out- Thursdays in April are dedicated to the gentleman. 

    We live in a time when most everyone rushes to the mall, battles for a parking spot, settles for a shirt that fits “good enough”, waits in endless cash register lines, then wonders where the joy in shopping went.Rubensteins is the antithesis of that. Celebrating it’s 88th anniversary this month, Rubensteins is a men’s only store with a department store selection and a boutique service feel. Complimentary valet parking, expert alterations, and impeccable customer service have helped keep them in business since 1924.  And what better way for Slow Southern Style to celebrate than with a very special guest column from General Manager Kenny Rubenstein? Each Thursday in April he’ll serve up some stellar style advice for the modern, Southern gentleman.

    When cleaning out your closet, which items are worth holding on to and which ones are okay to toss?   

    Excluding jeans, anything with holes, fraying or stains is out.  Otherwise, look around you, and not just at your friends or office mates. Walk down Magazine Street, or Canal Street in the French Quarter. Be observant of what are people wearing. Read fashion magazines and blogs.  Get informed. Or just shop with professional associates at Rubensteins. We will come clean out your closet for free.

    What about trends? When should men indulge in them, and when should they stay clear?

    Read magazines and again, keep informed. The salesman at Rubensteins know what is lasting fashion.  We may buy a quick trend, but we will let you know it is now only.

    Best piece of advice for a man that is trying to get out of a style rut?

      Trust an experienced sales associate or a fashion inclined friend.  Sometimes it is hard to step out in something new. Just because it looks good on someone else, does not mean it will look good on you, but at the same time just because you look best in blue or have always worn cuffs, does not mean the green or plain bottoms won’t look good.  A good salesperson cares about the next sale they will make to you.  They want you to look good so you can be a walking ad.   When someone says to you, “Wow, you look great!”  you can say, “Yes I love it.  Rick at Rubensteins suggested it!”   Find a great store and a true salesperson.  You armed with knowledge gleamed from friends and magazines, and a salesman who is honest and straightforward is all you need to get out of that rut, and into STYLE.

      A Jazz Fest worthy shirt. Image c/o Rubensteins

      Come back next Thursday for more style tips, and some fun stories from Rubensteins history vault.

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      Simply Stunning Designs- The Name Says It All

      There are people who attend Mardi Gras, and others whose lives revolve around it. For Edward Cox, his career is one “glittery, sparkly lump” and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Cox has been designing costumes since he was 5 years old. That’s right, f-i-v-e. He claims even at such a young age, helping his mother sew he knew what he wanted to do, and he’s been doing it ever since.

      Archived design- image c/o Simply Stunning Designs

      Just one of Edward Cox’s fantastical creations- image c/o Simply Stunning Designs

      Designing costumes for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Cox often outfits 100 children at a time for productions such as Cinderella.  Of course fairy tales lend themselves to Mardi Gras creations, although there are no glass slippers here. Comfort is important, especially with custom made masks. Cox takes into account the persons facial structure, where the eye holes need to go, and will even accommodate eyeglasses. Having worked with carnival krewes and being an equity actor himself, Cox knows that mobility is important.

      He also keeps his prices affordable so people can love their purchases, be proud of their one of a kind creations and simply “have a blast”. He can even spruce up an inexpensive store bought costume. “No one just eats boxed mac & cheese” he states. “you have to play with it”.

      Senore Muerte photo © Bill Pino

      Want to pick up your own stunning design? Cox is selling his creations this weekend at Kajun’s Pub. Talk to the man himself, get yourself a drink at the bar, and to steal one of Cox’s signature phrases “have a blast”. Visit the Simply Stunning Designs Facebook page for more costume pictures.


      Saturday February 18th & 19th

      Roughly noon to 6-ish. 


      Kajun’s Pub

      2256 St. Claude Avenue 

      New Orleans, LA 70117 


      Leopard mask and golden zebra derby combo- image c/o Simply Stunning Designs

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      Menswear Made in the South: Southern Tide

      Love to see your southern gentlemen in fine quality apparel? Are you a man that loves the classic southern look? Southern Tide has just what you want. A rapidly growing lifestyle brand, Southern Tide’s line of apparel and accessories boasts exceptional craftsmanship, clean lines, fine quality, and classic design.

      Channel Marker Plaid Sport Shirt in Red paired with Southern Tide Jeans

       The company was founded in 2006 by Allen Stephenson and is manufactured in South Carolina. Southern Tide is expanding their brand to include the Southern Tide Vintage Collection.  The collection will include men’s jeans, chinos, and a variety of shirt styles. In addition, Nautical polo shirts and canvas belts have been added to company’s apparel line, as well as new designs and colors to existing items including the quarter zip pullover sweater, RT-7 Pants, boxers and lounge wear.

       Classic Skipjack Polo in Grenadine paired with Channel Marker Flat Front Shorts in Stone, accented with the Skipjack Needlepoint Belt in Navy (Made exclusively for Southern Tide by Smathers and Branson)

      Southern Tide’s Vintage Collection is made for a comfortable, worn-in, but durable look and feel. The jeans are hand-crafted to give the customers a true vintage denim look and feel making no two pair alike. These vintage-washed jeans are constructed of 100% cotton, or 99% cotton with one percent stretch. The Vintage Collection also includes chino and oxford vintage shirts that are 100% cotton and are vintage washed.

      (L to R) Saltwater Fly Tee (Super Gotcha) in White, Classic Lures Tee in Black, Original Skipjack Tee in Lava  Saltwater Fly Tee (Multi-Fly) in Aqua,  Saltwater Fly Tee (Slinky Deceiver) in Yellow

      So if you are a southern gentleman or looking to purchase something special for the southern gentleman in your life you can purchase Southern Tide products in more than 500 fine retailers in more than 42 states across the country, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, as well as on Southern Tide’s online store at

      -Brandy Gaspard
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      Clothing that makes the man: Camrich Mann by Brennan Manuel

      Lets face it, in the world of fashion men are typically relegated to either the same predictable yawn fest or designs that are so over the top that it scares off even the dandiest of dressers.  Camrich Mann is a fresh, new menswear label from New Orleans fashion designer Brennan Manuel that has already received accolades by being a top designer contest finalist at this years’ Fashion Week New Orleans. Not only did Brennan study Menswear Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York but he recently graduated from Tulane Law School as well.

      He really sets apart his designs from the rest  by creating interesting pieces that aren’t blatantly bland or freakishly flamboyant. His work is heavy on excellent, simple design with sharp tailoring and interesting details. Brennan understands that clothing makes the man but the focus should be on the man himself; the garments are merely an accent to the personality that is already there.

      Brennan’s main  objective with Camrich Mann  “is to produce a clothing line that serves my target market, the Urban Graduate.” He defines  the “Urban Grad” as a student of his own urban environment that appreciates trends but wants to be “individually innovative”. Camrich Mann serves as a way for younger men to understand how to present themselves in a more mature manner without looking stodgy.

      In Brennan’s own words:

      “The Urban Grad is a cosmopolite that believes you can judge a book by its cover and understands that presentation is 80% of what you bring to the table, in any encounter. Therefore this man strives to develop his own style and taste by allowing his mind to be inspired by other things, other people and himself. He realizes that every well-dressed man’s closet must have its staples but recognizes that building upon this foundation to showcase masculinity through more unconventional pieces is key; therefore he is adaptable. Unlike other well-dressed men, the Urban Grad has the innate ability to be a tastemaker. I create clothes that represent a young man in his transition to and after he has reached adulthood. I see these clothes as reinventing consumer conscious staples with a luxurious, innovative twist. I envision a brand that becomes the symbol of a lifestyle and a generation.”

      Buyers interested in purchasing a Camrich Mann piece can do so by commission. Shirts start at $190 and include details such as back darts and stretch poplin fabric to ensure fit and a hidden placket. The cropped trouser pant retails for $290 and jackets start at $590. You can keep up with Camrich Mann via the Facebook page.

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