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Rachel Roberts took a leap of faith when she moved from Memphis to New Orleans to open RagDoll, a boutique-clothing store that pays homage to the 40s, 50s, and other iconic decades of American fashion. According to an article on NolaDefender.com, Roberts was inspired by how much the people of New Orleans love their city, along with their enduring appreciation of the past. To pay homage to that tradition, she turned her second-floor French Quarter location into a charming space with mint green walls, original artwork, decor dating back to the 50's, a jukebox, and an original Andy Warhol Elvis Presley. An old-timey porch offers shoppers a place to chat or model new finds for passersby.
And her clothes—which Fodor's called both "chic" and "affordable"—are no less eye-catching. She specializes in procuring vintage women's dresses and separates, and showcases Volker Wandering dresses made with vintage patterns and fabric. Roberts nods to contemporary designers by including boutique brands from England and Canada, and displaying a variety of handmade accessories and home decor. She’s also on hand to help guests channel their inner Audrey Hepburn with a black satin Estelle dress, or their inner Audubon Society member with an owl-baubled bobby pin that she made herself.