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

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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.


This article originally appeared in the May 2017 edition of INSTORE.

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Video: Gene the Jeweler Thought He’d Heard It All … Until This Tardy Employee Told His Story

This tale probably should’ve gone untold.

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IN THIS EPISODE of the satirical Gene the Jeweler series created by Jimmy DeGroot, Gene deals with an employee who is about six-and-a-half hours late for work.

As an understanding and empathetic boss, Gene listens attentively to the staff member’s explanation.

As it turns out, the tale was probably best left untold. This employee is extremely dedicated to his job — either that or he has a very active imagination.


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You Won’t Believe Why This Customer Returned a Ring

He had really high standards.

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A male customer ordered a $4,000 platinum band, which shortly arrived from Germany. He holds it up and puts it on; it fits perfectly. Then he peers intently inside the ring. “The third hallmark is a fraction out of line,” he says. We send it back to Germany and it duly arrives with the hallmark totally lined up. The customer comes in and says that he doesn’t want this ring as it’s like buying a Mercedes and the salesman dings the wing: he repairs it, but would you want a damaged Mercedes? Left me speechless. The customer still has a credit three years later. — Gordon Lawrie, Eidos, Santa Fe, NM<.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions Only a Terrible Jeweler Would Make

If you make any of these resolutions, we pity your business.

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