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October 25, 2015

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New Orleans plays a big role in the work of designer Ashley Porter. It is a place she finds inspiration – from alligators to voodoo — for her boho chic works of wearable art.

The designer: Ashley Porter, a San Francisco-born New Orleans transplant, has a master’s degree in finance from Tulane University. She left a career in finance to pursue her passion for fashion design and went back to school at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Then, after stints at Balenciaga and Ralph Lauren in New York, Porter set out to design and manage her own brand.

The company: Porter Lyons launched in 2012 in New Orleans. The company creates jewelry and other accessories, such as purses and belts using a variety of materials from metals and crystals to alligator bones, teeth and hides.

What’s popular: Custom coordinate ID bracelets (pictured below) for women and men in brass ($100), 24K gold and rose gold ($165) and sterling silver ($200).

Other favorites: Tooth 30 necklace ($275), adjustable to 30 different lengths, and the Uptown Twist Wrap bracelet and necklace ($165).

Claim to fame: Celebrity fans include Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Alba.

What’s new or next: Deco Bohemia, a bohemian look at art deco in jewelry.

Where to buy: porterlyons.com. In Atlanta, visit Hemline, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, in Vinings (shophemline.com), and Huff Harrington, 102 West Paces Ferry Road, in Buckhead (huffharrington.com).

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