With new bargain-heavy boutiques, eco-centric emporiums and even a store dedicated to lace, the Big Easy's shopping scene is flourishing once again.
Local designer Candice Gwinn has built a mini-empire around her retro-influenced line. Since launching in 1996, she's opened a bevy of outposts in the French Quarter and on Magazine Street, including specialty shops dedicated to lacy lingerie and offbeat heels from designers like Jeffrey Campbell.
829 Chartres St., plus other locations, 504-581-4555, trashydiva.com
Just steps from the Tulane University campus, the canopied, cabana-esque flagship of this burgeoning local chainlet (there's also an adorable kids' shop and a well-curated shoe store) is a repository of great, ladylike taste. Floor-length Halston Heritage dresses and Diane von Furstenberg tunics round out the mix.
7725 Maple St., 504-866-1092; shoes: 5421 Magazine St., 504-891-8992; baby: 5519 Magazine St., 504-899-8992, angeliquestores.com
A general store sensibility pervades this sprawling space, which stocks everything from Russell + Hazel notepads to the gorgeously batiked elephant-print linens of John Robshaw Textiles. Treat yourself to a few goodies after your mani-pedi at the spa upstairs.
2900 Magazine St., 504-891-4393, belladonnadayspa.com
The intense popularity of this fast-growing boutique empire is completely understandable, because the focus is on well-priced pieces (under $100) that look far more expensive than they are. Case in point: A recent trip unveiled a strapless blush-hued dress by Hype, a pair of wear-everywhere Seychelles wedges and an exotically embroidered caftan.
3308 Magazine St., plus other locations, 504-269-4005, shophemline.com
This long-loved retail establishment is like a mini department store. It houses a Vera Wang bridal salon, a sizable assortment of marquee-name eveningwear from designers like Lela Rose and a pop-up shop for The Blue Jeans Bar, which means a wealth of denim and basics from Vince and Theory.
5500 Magazine St., 504-269-6464, miminola.com