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September 23, 2015

Purse  Stephany

In New Orleans, Stephany Lyman uses cast-off boots, belts and other recycled goods to create her classy and quirky purses and bags.

The creator: Lyman, an Emory graduate, taught English for 31 years at the University of New Orleans. Though she created the first purses in the early 1990s from old cowboy boots. What began as a pastime became a calling after her younger sister’s death in 2012.

The company: SideKick, in memory Lyman’s sister and childhood sidekick, started in 2012 in New Orleans. A portion of each purchase is donated to Grace House of New Orleans, a nonprofit that helps women in their journey toward recovery.

The goods: Purses ($115 to $265), hip bags ($165 to $265) and glasses cases ($25).

What’s popular: Red bags, purses that have outer pockets for cellphones, and hip bags (with a loose, low fit, like a holster).

Other favorites: Purses with cross-body straps.

Big break: Being accepted as an artist at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Where to buy: http://www.facebook.com/sidekicknola. Or in New Orleans at GoGo Jewelry, 2036 Magazine St., and Dutch Alley Artists’ Co-Op in the French Quarter, 912 N. Peters St., and GoGo Jewelry, 2036 Magazine Street.

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