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Uptown corner of Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue, New Orleans  | © Infrogmation of New Orleans/WikiCommons
Uptown corner of Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue, New Orleans | © Infrogmation of New Orleans/WikiCommons

New Orleans' Best Independent Clothing Stores

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Updated: 14 September 2016
In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans, independent retailers have experienced a substantial economic boom within the city’s commercial culture. Between 2011 and 2013, entrepreneurship growth in NOLA outpaced the national rate by 64 percent, expanding opportunities for minority-owned businesses in the metro area. Along with the Port City’s financial development came an array of locally owned clothing stores that have provided a forum for up-and-coming designers and renewed the city’s unique sense of style. Here, our guide to the best independent clothing stores in New Orleans.

Century Girl Vintage

Century Girl Vintage is a New Orleans retail store whose carefully curated selection of garments complement the store’s exquisitely old-world ambience. Opened in 2014, this Garden District shop offers visiting guests the chance to purchase high-end vintage cocktail dresses, special-occasion wear, accessories, and particularly hard-to-find items such as 19th- and 18th-century jewelry.

Century Girl Vintage, 2023 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA, USA, + 1 504 875 3105

Je T’aime Nola

Inspired by vintage women’s fashion and all things New Orleans, Je T’aime Nola is an Uptown/Garden District retailer that opened its doors to the public on November of 2013. Inspired by the French language of love, this specialty store features an extensive inventory of apparel, which includes denim, dresses, tunics, tops, boots, and accessories for the hip, sophisticated woman.

Je T’aime Nola, 3613 Magazine St., Suite E, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 309 6028

Cella’s Boutique

Carrying a rich collection of high-quality clothing, unique jewelry, colorful scarves, hats, and fashionable footwear, Cella’s Boutique is a fashion-forward women’s boutique located in the heart of the French Quarter. A favorite among locals, this affordable store has an additional shop on Magazine Street, offering guests the opportunity to access well-priced clothing at two convenient locations.

Cella’s Boutique, 514 St Peter St., New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 529 5110

Funky Monkey

Funky Monkey is a locally owned store popular among locals for its mix of new, used, and vintage clothing for women and men. Located in the Uptown District, the store has been operating since 1997 as a special boutique fueled by culture, art, music, and fashion, carrying unique hipster couture trends, custom-made t-shirts, handmade costumes, indie labels, trends for every day, and accessories, all at affordable prices.

Funky Monkey, 3127 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 899 5587

Funky Monkey Entrance, courtesy of Funky Monkey

Funky Monkey entrance on Magazine Street, New Orleans / Courtesy of Funky Monkey

The Revival Outpost

Located in the heart of New Orleans, also known as Magazine Street, The Revival Outpost is a unisex store that sells trendy, new, and used apparel inside a comfortable brick-walled setting. Opened in 2011, the store stocks accessories, shoes, and unique vintage and indie pieces, all of them carefully selected and displayed.

The Revival Outpost, 234 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 301 3754

Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing

Specializing in vintage clothing and old-school costumes, Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing is a unique secondhand clothing store that carries both men’s and women’s wear. Located in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, this funky store offers everything from wigs and jewelry to theme costumes and vintage apparel, all in a compact setting. Whether you are looking for Halloween attire, a Mardi Gras outfit, or just a hip wig to wear around town, Miss Claudia’s has it all.

Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing, 4204 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 897 6310

Defend New Orleans

Featuring products that reflect the city’s independent spirit, Defend New Orleans has been selling locally printed-t-shirts in Uptown since 2011. The store prides itself on ‘celebrating, preserving, and promoting New Orleans culture,’ offering guests shirts that display creative variations of the city’s rich history and multicultural heritage, as well as regionally produced accessories.

Defend New Orleans, 1101 First St., New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 941 7010

Defend New Orleans store entrance, courtesy of Defend New Orleans

Defend New Orleans store entrance / Courtesy of Defend New Orleans

Söpö

Representing independent designers and brand labels that embody uniqueness and originality, Sopo is a unique apparel shop that carries fashionable, practical, and artistic trends. Located in the Mid-City District of New Orleans, this store is tag-lined as Southern Posh and offers visitors contemporary apparel choices, home décor, accessories, as well as gifts for men, women, and babies.

Söpö, 1720 St Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 400 4073

Vegas

Located in the Lower Garden District, Vegas is a trendy storefront offering men a unique inventory filled with contemporary apparel, shoes, sunglasses, bags, and many accessories. The store has been in business for more than 10 years and features brands such as James Jeans, RVCA, Penguin, as well as vintage-inspired t-shirts – perfect pieces for a casual night out.

Vegas, 1924 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 410 9992