Here Are the Best Local Streetwear Brands to Pick Up in New Orleans
New Orleans might be best known for its food, music, and Mardi Gras, but it also has some fashion brands on the come-up. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites if you happen to be headed down to Nola this weekend or are looking to do a little online shopping, Cajun style.
One of the more fashion-forward brands coming out of the South. The label features motocross and dystopian styled pieces like a nylon vest with working stereo, and padded leather racing pants with removable knee pads. Some of their pieces may be too weird for the average guy, but some of their pieces, like the 504 error bandana, are small enough to add flash to even more cautious dressers.
By far the most popular brand (and store) on our list is Sneaker Politics. The boutique, which has locations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette, has a house brands and some great sneaker collaborations, alongside major footwear, athletic and streetwear lines. Their “Politics OG Script” crewneck is simple piece that would make a great souvenir, but their entire Politics Essentials line, featuring tees, sweats and shorts in super cozy materials like supima cotton and micro modal, is worth stocking up on.
This hand-made eyewear brand is based in New Orleans, making unisex sunglasses that are unique and relatively affordable. The mirrored and polarized lenses are extra wavey, and if you don’t drop by their flagship in the French Quarter, you can find them at select boutiques outside Louisiana.
One of the most intriguing brands out of New Orleans is streetwear label likesushi. While the collection is still relatively small, it’s still pretty diverse, featuring cargo pants, dad hats, and tees. Some of the standout pieces include screen-printed hoodies and crewnecks, including this cherry-blossom-print crewneck. You can pick up pieces at local Nola boutiques like Neon Hearts Shop and Union Street Shop.
Defend New Orleans started as a t-shirt brand in 2003, and opened its first store in 2011. It now has two locations, and a record shop opening this month (DNO Records).
Of DNO’s range of shirts, hats, jackets, sweatshirts, and pins, our picks include the unisex crewneck terry pullover that fits just like your fave lived-in sweatshirt and their “NO” faded denim cap. Best of all, DNO donates profits back to organizations that give back to their hometown.
Artist Otto Splotch created the Quarter Vomit comic strips while living in New Orleans, back in 2013. They paint a surreal, often grotesque vision of the Big Easy. Along with the strips, Splotch collaborated with DNO on a line of “Quarter Vomit” pins; our fave is the ridiculous “Gross PoBoy”, which you can cop at DNO.
91vicieux, or “91 Vicious” in English, is an unisex streetwear brand whose screen printed designs are in line with the current tour merchandise trend. For the upcoming festivities in New Orleans, their shirt is one of their stronger pieces, in black and yellow with a varsity-inspired sleeve logo
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The printed shirts are the stars here, including a Black Panther homage and an image of one of the greatest and most stylish athletes of all time—FloJo—in her signature bodysuit.
Union Street Shop
One of the newer shops in New Orleans, Union Street Shop was opened by the team behind likesushi and DRINKFREEWATER. It features a mix of vintage sportswear from brands like Polo and Tommy Hilfiger, alongside their own line and streetwear standards like Supreme and Bape. We’re big fans of the DRINKFREEWATER destroyed patchwork denim jacket and hats.
If you’re looking for more than streetwear or basics, check out heritage brand Haspel. They’re known for their seersucker suits (if you want to go traditional), but their knitwear is excellent, too. This cashmere knit cap is simple, but just detailed enough for tying together a chilly-day outfit when you get back from the South.