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Let’s Get Dapper: Ideas from New Orleans Fashion Week

Where the gays get their shop on.

Over the past several years New Orleans Fashion Week has inspired looks all across the city and Gulf South. In fact, this inspiring week of fashion has become so influential, it’s been covered by media outlets all over the world, including Women’s Wear Daily, Elle Magazine Quebec, and the Oxygen Network. With more than 50 runway shows occurring across five days, it’s the Gulf South’s biggest event in fashion, showcasing Southern designers, stylists, makeup artists and models.

So, in honor of the incredible fashions seen during this year’s fashion week, I’ve put together the ultimate gay guide to shopping in New Orleans.


New Orleans Shopping

Defend New Orleans 

1101 First St.; 600 Carondelet St.

The clothes you’ll find at Defend New Orleans tap into the spirit of the city. Plus, the proceeds from every item sold go to support non-profits, host events, and produce creative content with a positive message.


600 Carondelet St.

New Orleans is all about enjoying the moment you’re in. At Friend (whose location is right next door to Defend New Orleans’ downtown outpost), you’ll find leisure and resort-inspired styles that can take you from a stroll through the French Quarter to a night of pure revelry.

New Orleans Fashion Week Billy Reid
Located on Magazine Street and Austerlitz, Billy Reid has something cool for both gals and guys. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Billy Reid

3927 Magazine St.

For an upscale look that’s both comfortable and classic, Billy Reid can outfit you in style with just a few choice pieces. The best part: no brand logos to detract from your own awesomeness.

New Orleans Fashion Week Goorin Bros
Handmade hats to complete your look at Goorin Brothers. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Goorin Bros.

2127 Magazine St.; 709 Royal St.

In New Orleans, we tip our hat to numerous cultures and time periods. At Goorin
Bros., you can get a custom-made hat to fit any mood you’re in. Be “fedorable” in a fedora. Make the news in a newsboy cap. Even make a statement in a top hat. The possibilities are endless.


2038 Magazine St.

From jewelry and embroidered patches to a unicorn headband and local art, you can find incredible things at Miette; the kinds of things that will have people stopping you in the street wondering where on Earth they can get one, too.

Krewe du Optic 

809 Royal St.

Who says you need rose-colored glasses to see all the beauty in the world? We think all you need is a pair of specs from Krewe. From sunglasses to regular glasses, this local brand (with international buzz) has the perfect frame to fit your face and style.

New Orleans Fashion Week Trashy Diva
Channeling the 30’s and 40’s, Trashy Diva has everything from dresses to shoes. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Trashy Diva

2048 Magazine St.; 537 Royal St.

The Trashy Diva channels the 1930s and ’40s like no one else. With flattering prints, silhouettes and styles, you can get that “Old Hollywood” look without trying very hard.

Pelican Coast 

5509 Magazine St.

If you’re looking for classic New Orleans style like a gingham button down, a coastal-themed patterned necktie, or a pima cotton polo, look no further than this Uptown store.

Tooth & Nail 

3952 Magazine St.; 1222 Decatur St.

Everything you see in the store, even the tables the items are displayed on, are handcrafted by local artists and emerging brands. From jewelry and t-shirts to looks that go beyond the everyday, you’ll look cool without even trying.

New Orleans Fashion Week Tchoup Industries
If you have to carry things, carry them in something truly original. (Photo: Dustin Woehrmann)

Tchoup Industries 

1115 St. Mary St.

We absolutely love this store that specializes in unique, handmade, functional bags. Whether it’s a backpack, messenger bag, a bag for your makeup or shaving gear – this place turns what you carry into a fashion show all its own.

Blue Dream 

2121 Chartres St.

Looking for something vintage and fun? Check out Marigny vintage shop Blue Dream. With floral prints and tooled leather items, you find things here you won’t find anywhere else.

New Orleans Fashion Week Vegas
From cool t-shirts to jeans and belts, Vegas will have you ready to paint the town red or hot pink, depending on your preference. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


1924 Magazine St.

For that urban/trendy look that feels effortless, like you just woke up and rolled out of bed looking this cool, Vegas has something just for you. They’ve got t-shirts, trucker hats, watches, sunglasses, sneakers – you name it – they have it.

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