LF Stores











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

Buffalo Exchange











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

Buffalo Exchange
3312 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

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Taxi Taxi

If Houston (the Bayou City) has anything to offer fashion-wise it will be found in the Montrose area.  Home to hipsters and artsy fartsy folks alike, Montrose is the place to go for thrift stores and kitsch collectibles.

To make Taxi Taxi the ultimate hipster paradise, I’ve created a mix that includes some of the best current synth wave and indie pop there is to offer.  Don’t be ashamed to admit it.  I’m a bit of a sceney weenie too.  So we look awesome in skinny washed out black jeans and spend a little too much time on our makeup and hair (boy and girls equally).  Who the hell cares!  The 10-song compilation is guaranteed to make wannabe and true scenesters alike as happy as Robert Smith is fashionably sad.

1. Empire of the Sun- Standing On The Shore
2. Twin Shadow- At My Heels
3. Angus & Julia Stone- Big Jet Plane
4. Wild Beasts- Bed Of Nails
5. Interpol-  Pioneer To The Falls
6. The Asteroids Galaxy- Lady Jesus
7. Cant- Believe
8. Wild Nothing- Promise
9. Craft Spells- After The Moment
10. Cults- Go Outside

Taxi Taxi

1653 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77006

Music Branding

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.


Around the holidays, one can’t help avoiding the dreaded word “mall.”  Luckily, I’ve found a unique store that you can find in the convenient indoor location of your local shopping center.  Tom Kartsotis, founder of Fossil, began selling and importing fashionable timepieces in the Dallas area in 1984.  He and his soon-to-be-wife, Lynne Stafford, designed the watches based on retro styles of the 1930s-1950s.

Today, Fossil sells not only watches, but wallets, handbags, and money-clips.  Select stores (such as the Lakeside store in New Orleans) feature apparel and shoes.  The Fossil name is synonymous with quality; with watches holding an 11-year warranty, as well as handbags and even shoes offering a one-year warranty.  I know that if I buy something from Fossil, it’s build to last.  Not only are there products durable, but they also meld trendy, modern styles with timeless vintage flair.  You’re guaranteed to have a unique but fashionable look, no matter what.

Fossil New Orleans
Lakeside Shopping Center
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70002