Relax with Jean Therapy

Right around fall, the anticipation of the holidays (and midterms, if you’re a student like me) do a number on your nerves. A little therapeutic shopping always manages to calm me down, and what better-suited name could a store have than Jean Therapy.

Locally, the name is associated with quality, designer jeans that range from skinny and light to dark and dirty. However, Jean Therapy offers a whole hell of a lot more than sexy denim (and they do have some very, very sexy denim).

Brother and sister duo Steven and Vicky are veterans of the jean business. Their family owned a string of “The Jean Scene” boutiques in the Crescent City and the two grew up helping out around shop.

Vicky noticed that traveling to LA and New York for good clothes was beginning to become tiresome. Why not bring fashion to New Orleans? In 2002, after “a sign from above” and a space on Magazine St. became available, the Adjmi siblings opened their first of four adult Jean Therapy stores.

Some of their most highly-coveted brands are Hudson, J Brand, Joe’s, Citizen for Humanity, and 7 For All Mankind. They also have a great collection of sunglasses, jewelry, and killer belts and boots (I’m going back for those on payday). Combining delicate, flowing tops with street-wise edgy pieces, you’re bound to find something that fits your wandering spirit just right.

Store Locations:
Uptown [map]:
5505 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: (504) 897-5535

French Quarter/Downtown [map]:
The Shops at Canal Place
333 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 558-3966

Metairie [map]:
Lakeside Shopping Center
3301 Veterans Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: (504) 833-6144

Baton Rouge [map]:
Mall of Louisiana
6401 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70836
Phone: (225) 767-0975

Gogo Gadgets

Necklace TreeNecklace and Cuff

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.

Gogo Jewelry
2036 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Branch Out to Eco-Friendly Clothing

If you’re Uptown and love clothes that treat Mother Earth right, try Branch Out on Magazine Street!  As the first store of its kind in New Orleans, it features sustainable goods and vintage clothing.  You can find vintage jewelry as well as hand-crafted pieces designed by local artists.

New clothing is manufactured with energy efficient, low-impact production and is made from recycled materials and/or from renewable resources.  Some of the fabrics used to create their eco-friendly clothes are bamboo, modal, organic cotton, soy, and lyocell.

Branch Out
2020 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 371-5913
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Store Hours: Mon – Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sun: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.