A Photoshoot of Our Raffia Bags and Raffia Clutches in New Orleans Garden District August 30, 2016 08:14

We recently had a photo shoot of our raffia bags in the beautifully shaded streets of New Orleans Garden District.  This area of town is located very close to Zèle and fitted perfectly, both for its convenient vicinity but also for its lush gardens, tall trees, and quietness.

After a bit of anxiety for the weather, we ended up having just enough sunlight to make the shoot.  Eduardo Benitez of Eduardo Benitez Photography was our photographer and beautiful and talented Veronica Lawler was our model.

Soava raffia clutch

New Orlean's philodendrons made a perfect backdrop for Veronica carrying our Myriam raffia clutch.

The hand-crochet texture of our Mombasa raffia bag is revealed further against the trunk of this New Orleans uptown century old tree.

Eduardo really did a great job and I highly recommend him for your fashion-related photography.  You may view a sample of his photographs on his Instagram account at @EBPhotographs.

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Zèle, New Orleans Local Artisans officially opened its doors! October 5, 2015 16:11

Are you in New Orleans and are you looking for a store where you could find that one-of-kind, unique handicraft or gift made by a New Orleans artisan? Look no further.  Direct your paths to Zèle!  Zèle opened its door in June 2015 and just had its Grand Opening on October 3, 2015.

Zèle is a multivendor marketplace serving as an incubator to local artisans and entrepreneurs while providing shoppers with unique, high quality products. The shop is a great addition to the line-up of eclectic and chic shops along the seven-mile long shopping hub that is Magazine Street.  Zèle is located at 2841, Magazine Street, in the block from Washington Avenue to Sixth Street.

If you are visiting New Orleans you may want to know that the red double deck Hop-On Hop-Off bus stops just one block before Zèle’s location.  Isn’t that convenient?

Zèle features some of the best that New Orleans has to offer in arts and crafts. Owner Stacy Martinez’s vision was to offer a venue where New Orleans artists and makers could continuously offer their pieces for sale in between the monthly or weekly arts and crafts open air events that take place throughout the city.

The shop is located in a brick front building with high-ceiling and cement flooring, which gives the place an industrial yet cool and spacious look and feeling. The white walls let the colors of the art pop up and stand out.  Wooden walls made of up-cycled pallets serve as separators between booths and provide warmth to the displays.

At Zèle, you will find New Orleans-themed paintings, prints, soaps, sweet smelling candles, jewelry, skin care products, children’s clothes, unique furniture, home décor, bead framed art, leather bags, metal and wood art, post cards, New Orleans-themed apparel and T-shirts, and so much more. Come and see for yourself! We bet you have never seen so much creativity concentrated in one single place!

In addition to the local artisans, Zèle also serves as an incubator for entrepreneurs who are getting their business off the ground, like Soava.  At Soava, we are so honored and grateful to be able to offer our products among so many New Orleans talented artists.  Soava carries fashion accessories and home décor made by hand by women artisans across Africa. Soava’s collection currently features products from nine different countries. Soava’s products are made of natural materials such as raffia straw, sisal, cotton, silk, and ceramic.   

We are so blessed to be part of the New Orleans artistic spirit that Zèle is promoting!

Zèle entrance on its Grand Opening day on Saturday October 3, 2015 during the annual Arts for Arts sake on Magazine Street.                                                              Zele New Orleans Local Artisans