The Makers and the Doers are those that rule the world. Here in New Orleans, folks around town are taking their dreams and running with them. Perfect example is the team behind the top notch and last-a-lifetime quality product line Tchoup Industries.
In nearly 3 years, since winning the coveted CFDA/Vogue Award, Billy Reid has become a tremendous force and fixture within the fashion world at large. Originally a son of Louisiana, Billy grew up in Amite, LA. and has always been in some way associated with the South.
While I was preparing my initial preview post for the opening of the brand new H&M in New Orleans, it was hard to imagine just how much impact it would have not only on the city, but on the folks around town.
At some point in your life, you had that favorite pair of sunglasses you crushed, lost, or had stolen. To this day, you regret whatever happened to them. There's no other accoutrement that generates more swag than the perfect pair of shades. New orleans born and bred brand Krewe Du Optic has set out to produce and deliver folks around the world with just that perfect pair.
Since 2003 Defend New Orleans has been "Dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and promoting New Orleans culture." I could not imagine another statement that is more inline with our own here at iHeartnola.com. The brand's uptown store is a divinely curated shop dedicated to extending DNO's mission in the form of a unique brick and mortar depot.
I appreciate the fact that Nola is all about tradition. I embrace it to it's core, but when searching for that modern and oh so special gift or paper good where traditional just won't do, Box Paper Scissor has entered the fold.
So a lot has happened in NOLA in nearly 100 years. We've seen wars, World's Fairs, the start of one of the best music festivals in the world, and hell, we've seen our beloved Saints win a Super Bowl. One business that has stood the test of time, and remains the oldest full-service grocery store in New Orleans.
I'll never forget the first time I saw Steve McQueen scream away on his 1962 Triumph TR6 in "The Great Escape". The low bellowing sound of the exhaust, combined with the stealth minimalist design, began my fascination with vintage motorcycles.
There will always and forever be a handful of timeless classic establishments in New Orleans.Restaurants like Galatoire's, hotels like Hotel Monteleone, and shops like Rubensteins totally solidify that notion.
I can’t imagine ever being without glasses or even wearing contacts. I’ve been wearing glasses on and off since grade school and they have always been part of my identity. Just recently I was sifting through old family photos and came accross a stack of photos from high school, which was the only time in my life I didn’t wear glasses. I gazed at the glossies and said to myself under my own breath, "what a dork".