It’s NOLA Fashion Week!

New Orleans is known for the music, we’re sought after for our food, people come down to experience the culture. But underneath the tourist must-haves there is unexpected talent in the fashion industry.  NOLA Fashion Week is a bi-annual event put on to support Southern based or born designers and help the fashion industry in New Orleans flourish. This Fall/Winter 2014 season is March 14-22nd.

The venues are always sick.

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The Felicity Church Fall/Winter 2014

The designers are unique, concrete and usually hone a heavy Southern flare.

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Anthony Ryan Fall/Winter 2013

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Anthony Ryan Fall/Winter 2013

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Amanda deLeon Fall/Winter 2012

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Then there are the parties, full of fashions who’s who. Dancing, drinking and oogling at all the stunning street fashion fill the checklist for party musts. So now that this season has started, what are you going to wear?!

Show us what you got! Be sure to check our instagram! @revivalnola And be back to see what we wore.

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Revival Babes at Spring/Summer 2013 shows

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Big Things: It’s 2014

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posts through December and January!

We’ve been dusting off and cleaning up some things. We hosted an acoustic show with two sweet singing ladies and Uly! SUPER BIG: We’re adding lots of inventory to our website so you guys can shop anytime you want, anyplace that has wifi you desire.

We’ve been generally kicking ass and taking names with lots of different projects and working on a blog makeover. 

So, while all that is going on, let’s talk about some huge things that are happening.

1. Our girl Amanda is going to NEW FUCKING YORK FASHION WEEK.

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But she needs your help. You have till the end of the day to help meet her goal! Click the link and get this babe to the Big Apple!

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2. Christina Flannery, our lovely shop owner and all around powerbabe, took this photo for the InvadeNOLA Invade Zine No.1 which releases January 31! Click the link to pre-order your copy!

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P.S. It includes an interview with Christina, too. And it’s written by me. You’re probably going to want to pre-order. This shit is going to be collectable.

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3. Have you joined The Girl Gang yet?

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It’s a group of bad bitches who want to help you get shit done in 2014! Join the new network for young women who are looking to find and develop your passion.

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We’re one of the brands they represent. We’ll be hosting some of their events here as well, so HIT IT UP and go to their Power Hour Friday!

4. This isn’t new news, but it’s big news. Louisiana ArtWorks building. This needs to happen, dudes.

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There are some super secret plans in the works for the building that I don’t even know about yet. But, big things *cross your fingers* are to come for this building. *knock on wood* It would be a fantastic edition to the city and an open space for creatives to come together AND MAKE AWESOME SHIT HAPPEN.

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5. We love bad bitches and we love bad bitches that can sing. Maggie Koerner released her new record “Neutral Ground” in November and it is still on repeat in my car. Click here to see her music video.

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This lovely folk babe is killing it all over the place. She’s in Florida for a bit before moving through the rest of her tour until ending in March in San Fran! If you’re traveling, make sure you catch one.

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Anything we missed? Anything big that you’re working on? Let us know, we might be able to get you some free press!

Local Loves: Bats on Tees

Are you charming, sassy and stylish but never over the top?

Do you like chic Tees, hand-painted accessories and cute, clear purses?

You should join the #BatPack.

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I got a chance to sit down with the founder, Tiffany Napper, and her right hand gal, Amanda Clark to talk about the brand and how they got started.

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They were dressed to the nines, obviously — perfectly clad in sequins from Amanda DeLeon; ringed up by Jess Leigh (Jewels); lips stained and puckered with the help of LipScape; all complete with voluminous curls blown straight from Dry Bar Bleu.

GO LOCAL!

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When did Bats on Tees begin?

TN: It officially started in January and the clear purses started in August. Very new!

What inspired you to start Bats on Tees?

TN: It started as an idea that would bring all of my creative friends together. I’ve always loved fashion and I’ve been doing PR for the music industry for a long time, and I wanted to start a product that I could collaborate with them on. I wanted to work with some friends, create some cute shirts, and the clear purse thing came shortly after.

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Did you start with only Tees?

TN: I started off with just some T-Shirt ideas! Like nothing really done. And one tote bag. The clear purse announcement came from the NFL and I saw the opportunity to make a cute, clear purse because when I started looking for one I couldn’t find anything I liked. I let it guide me and I’m now in a place where I really love making purses.

Do you have a manufacturer?

TN: It’s kind of this team that I’ve created. I have one girl in California who helps make the clear purses. I have two ladies here in New Orleans that help with the sewing and help with the leather goods that we’re about to debut. All the T-Shirts and things are made in New Orleans. I hand-paint the letters or work with an artist, like the one who painted the alligator that’s on this shirt. I use Purple Monkey for the screen printing and Orleans Embroidery for my embroidery work and I have two seamstresses that both work in the film industry and work with me because they like it!

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What do you hope for the future of Bats on Tees?

TN: I see Bats on Tees becoming a brand that’s more than just a couple of Tees or purses. I really want it to become this lifestyle and embody the girl. We call our “clique” the Bat Pack. We use the #BatPack a lot because I think of this as trying to create a family of women who like to be fashionable but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on pieces. They like to mix high and low, like to have fun and be quirky, still be a bit sexy and sassy. We have a lot of collaborations on the table; ideas that could get us into other markets, other than just apparel and purses.

AC: It’s important to keep our clothes quirky and transitional. Our product can go from casual-to-dressy; from day-to-night. That’s the big thing for me, I like very transitional pieces and I think we try and show that in our photos and stuff. Yeah, you see a blogger wear something but we like to show, in our posts, that it can be affordable and cute either way.

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You don’t have a physical store. Where are your products sold?

TN: Right now Bats on Tees is sold in about 20 boutiques across the south. We also have an online store. We’re continuing to try to grow and expand that. I’m going to try to go to the Northeast and the West coast, obviously, and show that it’s not just a Southern thing. Some of our shirts are Southern because I’m a Southern girl, but I’m trying to create a mixture of things that anyone could wear. I want people to know that I live in New Orleans and that we make this in New Orleans. This is another way to put New Orleans on the map and draw attention to the creatives and amazing things that we have going on here.

AC: And we do pop-ups every week!

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That’s great! I think that really fits your brand. Do you want to stay in consignment or open your own place one day?

TN: I definitely have dreams of opening my own store one day — something very unique, not your typical store front. Something that really merges all my passions: music, fashion, film — kind of an interactive experience. But in the mean time, I love the pop-up shop! It gives me the opportunity for every event to be a bit different and we can have live music or beer!

AC: We’re reaching different markets, whether it’s the beer drinker or the stiletto wearer.

TN: We can cater to all the different people that we think our brand represents.

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 Check out their facebook and insta!

Made in Mind Social!

Thanks to everyone that came out to the Made in Mind Social Thursday! It was amazing.

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We transformed the second floor of our store into a party plaaaza.

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Great time. Great people. Great treats.

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And a huge THANK YOU to sisters Ciera and Jasmine Holzenthal for choosing us to host! Such an honor. We love collabing with local businesses and entrepreneurs for events.

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Made in Mind Social is a monthly meet up of creative minds in Louisiana. They want to build a community where everyone can share their passions and encourage each other to keep those creative juices flowing.

Are you sold yet?

It is a great way to connect with local creatives and network.

So get your ass out to the next event. Support your locals. Build that creative community…

and check out some photos from the wonderful evening!

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We made suede tassel keychains. So rad.

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Our Little Revival Lady, Hannah Alford, with David Ewing, founder of The Krewe.

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We got a great pic of Amanda DeLeon (middle), local fashion designer, and Justin Shiels (left) founder of InvadeNOLA.

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We had such a good time. See you next month!

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Thanks to Kaylynn Marie Photography for the photos,  Smallchalk for the great chalkboards and Gold House Paper + Press for providing guests with a take-home-treat!

All photos here.