New Orleans

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.

Aidan Gill for Men

Don't be dissuaded by the name—or the fact that this is actually an old-school barber shop. There's plenty for women here, like Claus Porto soaps, Mason Pearson brushes and ribbon-banded Tokyo Bay watches.

2026 Magazine St., 504-587-9090; 550 Fulton St., 504-566-4903, aidangillformen.com

Trashy Diva

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

Bamboo

Housed in a slick, hyper-modern building (which stands out amid the ornate, column-fronted exteriors of its neighbors), this spa/apothecary is overflowing with Laura Mercier lipsticks, Red Flower candles and Natura Bissé face creams.


4112 Magazine St., 504-895-1664

Angelique

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

Armoire

This airy boutique sits in a stretch of shops with a similar philosophy: Every item on its well-appointed racks, from the silky, brightly colored blouses to the sweet dresses, costs less than $100 (with plenty to snap up for about $50).

4222 Magazine St., Ste. A, 504-304-3537, armoireboutique.com

Belladonna Day Spa

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

Em's

Officially located in the 'burbs, this long-standing, eternally packed boutique has an extensive—and reliably on-trend—array of designers like Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent and Trina Turk.

246 Metairie Rd., Old Metairie, 504-834-2795, facebook.com/ems

Faulkner House Books

The famous author's former home is tucked in a tiny alley, next to a grand cathedral. It's now a pleasingly warren-like bookstore, which stocks city-specific tomes, loads of classics and, yes, a sweeping selection of Faulkner.

624 Pirate Alley, 504-524-2940, faulknerhouse.net

Fleur de Paris

So intimate are these tiny rooms, you almost feel like you've wandered into a femme fatale's home, circa 1920, with each salon-like nook housing a different facet of her wardrobe, from exuberantly decorated hats to glittering retro evening gowns.

523 Royal St., 504-525-1900, fleurdeparis.net

Hemline

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

Hové Parfumeur

Since 1931, this boudoir-esque perfumery (which sits in an 18th-century space) has been turning out a house label of romantically tinged soaps, powders and fragrances with old-world ingredients like vetiver and gardenia.

434 Chartres St., 504-525-7827, hoveparfumeur.com

Lili Vintage Boutique

Lili is exactly the sort of vintage treasure trove you'd hope and expect to come across in New Orleans: full of hand-worked lace-edged skirts from the '30s, fur capelets from the '40s and pristine day dresses from the '50s.

3329 Magazine St., 504-891-9311, lilivintage.com

Marion Cage

Owner Marion Cage McCollam trained as an architect, which is why her simple, pod-like brushed silver necklaces and eensy zodiac charms live in a gorgeous, airy space.

3719 Magazine St.
, 504-891-8848, marioncage.com

Mimi

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

Modern Market

Hidden behind Design Within Reach, this shop touches on every aspect of home design. There are brightly hued trivets, slick Blu Dot furniture and fresh takes on traditional poufs.

3138 Magazine St., 504-896-2206, modernmarketlifestyle.com

Pied Nu

All the items sold in two decade-old Pied Nu look like they belong in a fabulous vacation home. There's a broad selection of dreamy goods, from Cire Trudon candles to paper-thin creamers by Mud Australia to intricately beaded Megan Park tunics.

5521 Magazine St., 504-899-4118, piednuneworleans.com

Retro Active

This Garden District mainstay brims with nonstop vintage, from floor-length chiffon gowns that instantly evoke the Jazz Age to trays and trays of costume jewelry.

5924 Magazine St., 504-895-5054, retroactivevintage.com

Scriptura

This shop is devoted to all things related to handwriting—with Moleskine notebooks, calligraphy pens and a house line of stationery that features local landmarks ideal for souvenirs and gifts.

5423 Magazine St., 504-897-1555, scriptura.com

Snap

Everything at this suburban staple is totally on-trend, from the sequined Haute Hippie dresses to the Gorjana necklaces.

617 Metairie Rd., Metairie, 504-849-9988, snapneworleans.com

Spruce

The New Orleans boutique-scape is moving swiftly in an eco-conscious direction, and this tasteful homewares shop sits in the center of the action. Reclaimed wood stereos and sustainably sourced beehive-like pendant lamps stand out.

2043 Magazine St., 504-265-0946, sprucenola.com

T.

Bare brick and pale walls frame this recent arrival's sophisticated stock, completing the perfectly chic ambience. Look for Isabel Marant and Rag & Bone.

3900 Magazine St., 504-891-8101, shoptonline.com

United Apparel Liquidators

At first glance, this jam-packed outlet looks overwhelming, but digging unearths treasures like Chloé shirts for $150 and Marni dresses for (a shocking) $200.

518 Chartres St., 504-301-4437, shopual.com

Victoria

Occupying a stately townhouse (and featuring a giant, tubular chandelier), Victoria looks like the closet of your most fashionable friend: Cacharel skirts in watercolor prints, embroidered totes by Virginia Johnson and Lanvin flats.

4858 Magazine St., 504-899-8878, facebook.com/victoria-boutique

Voluptuous Vixen

The lingerie selection here, with bras up to size 44JJ, is peerless—as is owner (and photographer) Jaclyn McCabe, who has an eye for figure-flattering designs from David Meister, Anna Scholz and Jessica Svoboda.

 

818 Chartres St., 504-529-3588, thevoluptuousvixen.com