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Designer Keeps Her Eye on the World, and Her Focus on New Orleans

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Designer Keeps Her Eye on the World, and Her Focus on New Orleans

Designer Keeps Her Eye on the World, and Her Focus on New Orleans

Ashley Porter
Porter Lyons, New Orleans, LA

Jewelry designer Ashley Porter derives her inspiration from cultures around the world, with a concentration on New Orleans, where her family heritage dates to the 1860s. She holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing and a master of finance from Tulane University, as well as a graduate degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. After working for Balenciaga and Ralph Lauren in New York, she returned to New Orleans and late last year opened her first retail location in the city’s French Quarter. Porter recently launched the Crescent City Collection, which features the astrological placement of New Orleans, with each piece hiding the altitude and longitude of the city in its design.

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