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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.