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Made in Louisiana Gift Guide / The Team

The warm, slow-moving air Louisiana air is already a sign that you’re somewhere unlike any other. We explored the vibrant city of New Orleans last year, and haven’t stopped thinking about the sounds, spirit, and food—the food!—since. Right by the charming French Quarter is a newish hotel that captures everything we love about the Big Easy. Built out of converted 19th century warehouses, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery features art and items from local creators—a seamless blend of history and the new, thriving creative scene. Here, standout Louisiana-based designers recommended by the Old No. 77 and us that you should be shopping for this holiday season.

1. BirdProject Soap 2. Candles 3. Local Tee 4. Julia Sunglasses 5. Grey Wool Snapback 6. Etched Cuff 7. Etched Cuff 8. Cajun Navy Tee 9. Smoke Perfume


1. BirdProject Soap by Goods That Matter ($28)

"Tippy Tippens' innovated philanthropy is incredibly unique: great, useful products with a charitable component. She got her start in Nola after the BP oil spill and created BirdProject. We’ve collaborated on her Art Matters notebooks and totes that benefit NOCCA. (You can read more about our overall NOCCA collaboration, here!)"

2. Candles by Mad Darling ($16 each)

"Candles made by Jessica Broussard. These eco-friendly candles are sold all over town—including in our Chandlery. Our favorite scent: Marigny Mistress."

3. If You Can Read This You Are a Local Tee by Dirty Coast Press ($25)

"T-shirts that promote Louisiana and New Orleans culture with cool designs and clever expressions that are so local in origin, they require a bit of explanation—this is one of our favorites. They have also recently started Screens for Good, working with Tippy to provide funding for local causes."

4. Julia Sunglasses by Krewe (from $195)

SxS: "Krewe has got to be one of the coolest New Orleans brands out there. These frames were inspired by the eclectic Arts District."

5. Grey Wool Snapback by Defend New Orleans ($35)

"Fun, edgy, locally inspired apparel. We love the message and community support and that part of proceeds benefit charity."

6. Etched Cuffs by Brandi Couvillion ($195)

"Historically inspired jewelry crafted through a unique and complicated process. We sell Brandi’s cuffs in our chandlery, and they're remarkably popular!"

7. Gator Socks by Bonfolk Collective ($18)

"Awesome socks that, when purchased, provide a pair of socks to Louisiana homeless shelters. We sell tons of them, including our collaborative VeVe socks."

8. Cajun Navy Tee by SFT ($25)

"This Baton Rouge-based company got its start doing football game-day t-shirts. During the flooding, they made a Cajun Navy T-shirt that has raised nearly $50,000 for flood victims."

9. Botanical Candles by Contents Co. ($18)

"The simplicity of Kissimmee Pottery designs are what I was drawn to. I love that I can handpick glazes and styles and they are made not far from the shop!"

10. Cashmere Bed Socks by Fair Isle ($25)

"Delightful toys and accessories made from recycled wool and cashmere."