Shop Talk: Jeanne Monet Roberson
Owner, Lily New Orleans (LNO)
HOW DID YOU COME TO OPEN LILY NEW ORLEANS (LNO?
After closing two other boutiques in the early 2000s, I started other businesses, studied overseas and traveled tons! While away, I would always pick up beautiful, affordable silk and batik pieces to wear. Then last January I decided to open Lily New Orleans on Oak Street as a short-term project. It was a wonderful success, and this spring I reopened Lily on storied Magazine Street.
IS THIS LILY DIFFERENT TO THE FIRST?
Lily New Orleans on Magazine is known as LNO, and offers more premium designer lines such as McQueen, Nanette Lapore and Australian designer Zimmermann. There is still a little high quality consignment such as Christian Dior nightgowns, Versace and Gucci dresses and Chanel slacks.
WILL YOU BRING BACK ITEMS FROM YOUR TRAVELS?
Yes, whether I’m in Italy, Peru, Bali or South Africa I’ll be bringing back unique fashion to NOLA.
How is LNO doing? We opened on the night of the Magazine Street Stroll and we sold a third of our inventory in one evening!
WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT THAN ALL THE OTHER BOUTIQUES NEARBY?
I believe our mix is different and complements everyone else. We have sizes 0-18, and our price point is keen.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?
We also feature local designers, such as Nola Bougie and K’Pich.
WHERE DO YOU RELAX AT THE END OF THE DAY?
There’s nowhere better than Victory Lounge on Baronne Street.
3649 Magazine St.