There are so many wonderful local designers and makers here in Baton Rouge and throughout Louisiana. This week’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to the talented designers that I frequent when looking for gifts this holiday season and just to pick something up for myself. I think it is always important to celebrate your local community, and I have had the pleasure of working with some of these brands this year. I hope to collaborate with more local designers to show everyone how the state of Louisiana is so special and unique.
And, bonus for all of you Baton Rouge and local residents, many of these talented ladies will be selling their designs and pieces at Saturday’s (December 17th) Mid City Makers Market!! Local Makers will be set up from 12:00 – 5:00 pm at the ELS Studio on the corner of South Eugene and Government Street. I am hoping to sneak away from work to go out and see all of the beautiful designs!
Madeline and Dawson Ellis are a husband and wife team joined by Courtney Gay. They each have a degree in landscape architecture and their brains are constantly spinning with creativity and curiosity, and they have lots of heart for what they do and why they do it. You can feel this with each pice of jewelry they produce, and proceeds from specific designs go straight back to our community. I love all of my Mimosa pieces, but am especially excited about receiving my essential oil necklace.
SFT reached out to me earlier this season to see if I wanted to try out a couple of their t-shirts. I jumped at the chance, and am so glad that I did. Meredith’s southern t-shirt company celebrates southern style and everyday life. Her designs are unique to the state of Louisiana and all things southern. Like Mimosa, SFT also has specific designs, like this Cajun Navy tee, that when purchased give a little lagniappe back to the community.
Owner Celeste Austin taught herself leather accessory production from start to finish and built Savvyroot from the ground up. Savvyroot offers luxury leather goods and accessories at an affordable price so everyone can enjoy the quality of a nice bag. Her Astor clear crossbody bag was a huge hit this football season and sold out multiple times. Bonus: Celeste is offering FREE SHIPPING for the remainder of the month of December.
I originally fell in love with Sallie’s gold oysters when I first saw them at L.D. Linens and Decor here in Baton Rouge. I then found her Etsy shop and have been a fan ever since. Her artwork is what drew me in, and although I don’t have a piece of her art yet, I have multiple other hand-painted and unique items. Sallie is a full-time artist living in Baton Rouge, and before she took her art and decor business full-time, she taught art for nine years. Her pieces exude southern hospitality!
Kismet’s philosophy is to develop wearable, on-trend colors while maintaining a smaller offering so you are not overwhelmed by too many options. The company consistently gives back to the community and all products are made in the USA. This local cosmetics line is a fan-favorite of many ladies down here in Louisiana, including the LSU Golden Girls.
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This mom of three describes making jewelry as a way to keep her sanity, and I’m happy she used this as her outlet! Kat’s pieces are so unique from their design to the types of gems and stones she uses to complete each piece. The jewelry looks pretty in photos, but once you see it in person you can feel how well-made and unique it really is.