LF Stores are a staple for fashion-loving girls in Los Angeles, New York, and Florida. Now, New Orleans residents can find West and East Coast fashion at their doorstep. LF features Europeans brands with many items exclusive to the store. You can also find denim brought in from Los Angeles and Jeffrey Campbell brand shoes.
It took me a long time to finally force myself to exit the store. Their leather jackets are to die for, and their Italian shoes made my ol’ combat boots quite green with envy. On top of leather goods, LF has a variety of jewelry (such as Native American and religious-inspired pieces), as well as knitted scarves, large-brimmed hats, and tastefully-studded belts.
With such killer clothes, you’ll need a killer mix of dark wave and other chilly electronic beats with sexy vocals to accompany your sexy threads. While shopping, you can play this mix that will make it damn hard to leave (see previous paragraph). If you’re not trend-savvy, the expertly-dressed associates are there to help you sort out a stunning ensemble, whether for the street or the stage. Grab a latte from CC’s across the street, and spend a few hours there. You’ll thank me later!
1. Austra- Believe Me
2. Zola Jesus- Vessel
3. Neon Indian- Polish Girl
4. Grimes- Vanessa
5. Blondes- Spanish Fly
6. Glasser- Home
7. Craft Spells- Given The Time
8. Cults- Abducted
9. Class Actress- Journal Of Ardency
5408 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
A good gypsy always looks for a bargain, and what better way to save money and the environment than gypsy-switching clothing and accessories! Buffalo Exchange had the ground-breaking idea of hosting trades between locals in their stores, which can be found in a wide variety of different states.
With items often averaging about 15 bucks a pop, you can pick out a whole outfit for what might cost much more somewhere else. A little revelation came to me while I was trying on a gently-used top in the Magazine St. store: I’m sharing a bit of someone else’s life while wearing this shirt! Just think! By purchasing a tee, you will be taking a piece of someone’s history home with you. Who knows if what you’re wearing could’ve belonged to some local rockstar or an old friend you haven’t spoken to in ages.
Mother Nature’s best friends have an damn-the-man, eclectic, but tastefully trendy musical taste just like their fashion sense. They don’t like over-glamorous music unless it’s done right. I’ve made a mix that’ll get your indie bones shaking and ready to thrift.
1. Broken Bells- The Ghost Inside
2. Blue Hawaii- Blue Gowns
3. Starfucker- Medicine
4. Future Islands- Balance
5. Active Child, How To Dress Well- Playing House
6. Beach House- Zebra
7. Sea of Bees- Wizbot
8. Chairlift- Take It Out On Me
9. Midlake- Young Bride
3312 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
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If you’re the kind of person that gets butterflies when you see an outfit is finely tailored paired with laid-back style, G-Star is the place for you. The Dutch company was founded in 1989 and marries a polished clothes with casual chic to make a killer combo.
For this playlist, I’ve compiled a mix of chilled out songs with driving beats and a few chart toppers that match the must-have feeling of the company itself.
1. CFCF- Before & After Light
2. Small Black-Photojournalist
3. Crystal Stilts- Shake The Shackles
4. Röyksopp- The Girl & The Robot
5. SBTRKT- Sanctuary (feat. Jessie Ware & Sampha)
6. The Kills- Future Starts Slow
7. Glasser- Mirrorage
8. Phantogram- When I’m Small
9. Little Dragon- Shuffle A Dream
10. The Morning Benders- Excuses
Gypsy Switch is switching gears: we’ll be doing music branding for stores. No idea what music branding is? Have you ever gone into a retail store and wondered where it got the rad music that’s pounding in your head hours after you’ve gone? Music branding is the sonic form of a brand’s identity. We’ll be starting in Covent Garden in London on and around Neal St. Covent Garden is home to some of the trendiest stores. Stay tuned for the 1st playlist for one of my absolute favorite stores: All Saints Spitalfields.
Nestled away on Magazine Street between Josephine and St. Andrew is a little gem of a shop called Gogo. Named after its owner, Gogo Borgerding, the boutique features a stunning collection of jewelry comparable in vibrance to the razzle-dazzle of the Moulin Rouge.
I had the pleasure of meeting Gogo and she is every bit as charming as her lovely creations. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Borgerding drew inspiration for her cuff bracelets, earrings, and necklaces from the silver & anodized aluminum tumbler cups of the 1950s. Her store mirrors the same charm of the era and features six other local designers’ work, as well as various gifts.
I’ve already bought two necklaces from Gogo and I know that I am irrevocably hooked as a life-long fan and patron.
2036 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130