The mall is my absolute least favorite place. Between the migraine-inducing lighting, the mobs of shoppers, and the fact that you can find most items in any other mall, in any other city, I try to steer clear, especially during the holidays.
The best way to avoid the madness of holiday shopping is to shop local — especially with New Orleans online shopping available for browsing 24/7, no matter where you are. The benefits are threefold: you’ll know that your family and friends are receiving unique gifts, your purchases are helping to ensure the economic vitality of New Orleans… and you won’t have to go to the mall.
Check out our list of locally owned New Orleans shops with a stellar web presence.
One of New Orleans’ favorite t-shirt companies, Dirty Coast started as a response to Bourbon Street t-shirt shops. The famous bumper sticker, “Be a New Orleanian wherever you are,” developed by co-founder Blake Haney, is a testament to the values of Dirty Coast.
This shop is literally, as its tagline says, “everything New Orleans.” Fleurty Girl is the ultimate New Orleans gift shop offering from black and gold scarves, to New Orleans street tile magnets, to crustacean wall art.
Started by Paul and Molly Babineaux after they spent a year in Istanbul, Loomed sells beautiful hand-crafted textiles from Turkey. Their products are Global Organic Textile Standard certified organic cotton and help support this unique art form in Turkey.
Locally founded athletic apparel company tasc Performance has found a better way to produce workout clothing. Made from bamboo instead of traditional petroleum-derived elements, tasc’s patent-pending process makes this clothing lightweight, breathable, and sweat and odor wicking.
This local shop opened in New Orleans nineteen years ago and now has five local locations. The ladies’ clothing store sells vintage-inspired apparel and has other outposts featuring lingerie and shoes. Trashy Diva also offers handbags, hats, other accessories, and a bridal section.
The Defend New Orleans brand may sound a little fierce, but New Orleanians are that loyal to their beloved city. You can find the “Defend New Orleans” slogan on shirts and sweatshirts, beer koozies, and flags. Proceeds from sales have aided a number of local nonprofits.
Providing clothing to the Southern gentleman, lady, or child since 1939, Perlis is perhaps best known for its crawfish logo. Particularly when Carnival season rolls around, the famous purple, green, and gold-striped polos from their Mardi Gras collection can be seen up and down St. Charles Avenue’s parade route.
Cute, quirky, colorful socks with a mission: one pair purchased equals one pair donated to the local homeless community in New Orleans. NOLA native Janna Hart Black boasts a background in fashion design, meaning she’s responsible for the custom prints on each purchased pair and the smart engineering (moisture-wicking and antibacterial) for each donated pair.
A New Orleans eyewear company that creates individual and stylish glasses and sunglasses. The store has already expanded to numerous other Southern cities, carrying New Orleans’ culture with it.
Launched in early 2010, Jess Leigh Jewels sells unique handmade and repurposed jewelry pieces. Using the city as her muse, founder Jess Leigh Gholston designs jewelry using metals, gemstones, and more.
This quaint shop was inspired by founder Susan Davis’ grandmother’s treasure trove of keepsakes — including her many antique buttons. What initially began as vintage buttons transformed into jewelry has expanded to include clothing, household items, and gifts. The online shop features jewelry specifically, so plan an in-real-life visit to the store the next time you’re in town.
Rugged yet refined Tchoup Industries makes high-quality backpacks, shoulder bags, fanny packs, and other accessories by hand. They work to source their materials from as close to Louisiana as possible — including alligator leathers and even repurposed rice bags — and to provide locals with economic opportunities.
In addition to affordable, handmade accessories like lapel pins, cufflinks, and pocket squares, Harley London also offers unique wooden bookmarks emblazoned with New Orleans imagery (think oysters or the streetcar line). The artist uses only eco-friendly, certified wood in her designs.
“Every piece tells a story,” says local jewelry brand (and celeb favorite) Porter Lyons. The New Orleans ID bracelets with the latitude and longitude of the city are simple and chic while other designs — like their Voodoo, Backbone, and Deco Bohemian collections — have a moody vibe that captures the mystique of the Crescent City.
This New Orleans-inspired jewelry company has an underlying mission: they’re dedicated to helping the New Orleans community. Revival NOLA is currently donating a portion of its profit to New Orleans Mission charity, so you can buy your bling for a good cause.
From a newly launched website and a new store location in the South Market District downtown, Hattie Sparks sells a range of gifts, accessories, and household products, including beautiful stationery, funny kids’ toys, and perhaps the most unique cutting boards in the city.
Run by two cousins originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Grove Street Press is preserving the art of letterpress printing. Using their 1910 Chandler & Price platen printing press, the pair produces greeting cards, and other charming Louisiana-inspired prints, like this streetcar map print.
For those who love all things stationery and writing, Scriptura is a heavenly place to browse. The store imports a variety of products from around the world — like Italian leather-bound journals — but they also sell products with a New Orleans touch. Make sure to check out the alligator and Roman Candy Man-themed holiday cards. (And visit the store’s dutiful shop pup the next time you’re in town).
Oklahoma native turned New Orleans resident and artist Liz Maute Cooke is the creative mind at Lionheart. She transforms her heartwarming and witty designs to cards, notepads, mugs, and more, which are for sale in her Etsy shop.
A family-owned upscale boutique in Lakeview and Old Metairie, Little Miss Muffin has evolved over almost half a century to include gifts and other home accessories, children’s clothing, and pieces by local artists.
In addition to popular workshops that teach all the tricks of the trade, local photography Zack Smith has select fine art prints for sale. His New Orleans collection, in particular, makes use of his tremendous archive of New Orleans photography, from lively second lines to rainy day reflections. Each print comes signed and is shipped in archival packaging.
With a retro flair in both palette and subject, local artist Hayley Gaberlavage’s whimsical paintings beautifully come to life using acrylic on paper. Her portraiture and still lifes also reference life in New Orleans — be it Willie Mae Seaton, the Sazerac, or “Gin Tilly.”
Illustrations, paintings, notecards, and custom art from a New Orleans point of view (particularly when it comes to the architecture).
The artist’s signature map prints are beautiful on their own — but especially sweet (and more affordable) when emblazoned on products for babies and children, like bloomers, dresses, bibs, and more.
You’ve seen local photographer Rebecca Ratliff’s work extensively featured on our site — she also offers prints perfect for gifting.
Showcasing contemporary artwork from local artists is one half of Pelican Bomb’s mission. The other half? Making that artwork affordable. Each piece is just $80 — an incredibly reasonable price for some really cool art.
This local visual artist is part of the Pelican Bomb collective (see above) and has also collaborated with Defend New Orleans for a series of pins. Striking and quirky, Antippas’s art speaks to her point of view as a native New Orleanian.
Frances Rodriguez paints people, places, and creatures you’re likely to see in New Orleans: whimsical and colorful designs all around.
Best known for its king cake, in all its glittering purple, green, and gold goodness, Sucre has a whole lot more deliciousness to offer. Its online store includes macarons, chocolates, handmade salted caramel marshmallows, and peppermint stick drinking chocolate, to name a few.
This local bakery has been in business since 1965 selling king cakes and other season king cake style cakes. With year-round overnight delivery, Randazzo’s makes sure almost anyone can celebrate in this tradition. (There’s a red and green Christmas king cake available seasonally).
The famous Café du Monde, operating since 1862 in the French Market, also sells some goodies online. Buy beignet mix to try out at home plus an apron. A mug to enjoy some café au lait would be a nice touch as well.
Pralines by Jean has a brick-and-mortar shop on the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, but they specialize in made-to-order treats. In addition to pralines — from more traditional to surprising (coffee or coconut-flavored, for example) — Jean also sells cupcakes and gifts, some of which are available for local delivery.
Southern Candymakers is a family-owned candy store in the French Quarter. Its candies are made from scratch and reflect New Orleans culture. Chocolate alligators, crawfish sauce, and praline sauce are just some of the many goodies available through their online store.