Kiki: Shopping like you mean it
For a summer head start on the best accessories for fall, visit Kiki at the custom-designed Baton Rouge or Lafayette locations, or check out the equally well-stocked online store. Owned by Kiki Frayard and partnered by her daughter Kate, Kiki sells high-end accessories and showcases both established and up-and-coming designers with unique displays dedicated to each one’s work. “We appeal to a wide demographic of men and women who appreciate good design,” says Frayard. “Our focus is the merchandise, so we’ve created an environment that allows us to do that.”
Frayard credits Kiki’s sole focus on accessories – jewelry, handbags, fragrances and sunglasses, for example – as the reason for the store’s success. Although the merchandise is high-end, the price range is wide and indicates the possibility of something for everyone. “A positive customer experience has helped us build an expanding loyal base,” she observes. “No matter what the price, our customers are getting value, quality and great design.” This month, patrons can look forward to a fresh crop of Alexis Bittar handbags, items from designers Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, and “hip, young” jewelry by Jamie Joseph and Rebecca Lankford. Frayard warmly welcomes her customers to come and “shop like you mean it.”
Information, www.shopkikionline.com. – Carrie Marks
Eco-Friendly Products at New Orleans Bamboo
Renew, reuse, recycle seems to be all the talk, now and those are exactly the concepts on which Michael and Patrick Ward, co-owners of NOLA Bamboo, pride their company. New Orleans Bamboo opened in January 2007 as the first supplier of renewable and recycled home renovation supplies in New Orleans.
One won’t find the typical wood floors or granite countertops for sale here; instead, eco-friendly wool carpeting, bamboo products and water purification systems are sold. Michael Ward says, “In the wake of Katrina we have the opportunity to create a better city. New Orleans Bamboo is committed to the rebuilding of New Orleans in a way that is conscious of the environment and simultaneously respects the authenticity and culture of the city.”
New items, such as a rainwater catchment system and beveled cork floors, will be available this month. Ward suggests the rainwater catchment system for any home because of the practicability of water consumption. He says, “When you use municipal water to water your law, you are paying sewer treatment fee for the water you are using even if it is going into the ground. If more and more people started catching rain water, we would have less street flooding when it does rain.”
Information, 6065 Magazine St., 897-5011, nolabamboo.com.
– Mallory Lindsly