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Chic stores and unique bou­tiques. Plus eco-con­scious jew­elry and pint-size craw­fish pots.

Tay­lor Swift, Jen­nifer Lawrence, Cameron Diaz: Jew­elry de­signer Ash­ley Lyons has a large celebrity fol­low­ing, which makes sense given her Cal­i­for­nia up­bring­ing. But it’s her New Or­leans roots (dat­ing to the 1860s) that in­spire her cre­ations and made the French Quar­ter her first choice for her first brick-and-mor­tar space. Mardi Gras In­di­ans, voodoo, al­li­ga­tors (shown), oys­ters and oil spills are all in­cluded in the col­lec­tions at Porter Lyons (631 Toulouse St., 800.585.0348), each sym­bolic of the city’s his­tory, peo­ple and en­vi­ron­ment. But Lyons’ de­signs don’t just bor­row from lo­cal culture; they also give back, with five per­cent of all prof­its go­ing to coastal restora­tion ef­forts.

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