Children grow up fast, despite science's best attempts to weigh them down with apple-filled backpacks and bronze shoes. Accommodate growing kids with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of children's apparel, home accessories, gifts, and more at Orient Expressed.
Orient Expressed populates its jam-packed shelves with everything from antiques to memorable gifts, as well as its own line of hand-smocked children’s clothing. Resulting from a complex process of fabric design, pattern creation, and actual smocking, which can take up to 20 hours per piece, a wide range of heirloom-quality smocked dresses, such as the checked lavender sundress with flowers ($56), class up special events and imaginary tea parties. A customizable burp cloth ($8.50, additional $10 for monogram and design) stands out on a shower-gift table and a pair of monogrammed boys' plaid shortalls ($40) toe the line between dressy and casual, like a flannel tuxedo.
The shop's home décor accessories make attractive kitchen additions, as in the turquoise porcelain oyster plate ($34) or 12" square Happy Birthday platter ($39.50), also good for shoring up a hooky-playing alibi on ordinary days. Unadorned tabletops can cover up with metalware from local designer Beatriz Ball, including a platter-and-bowl set that can be refrigerator-chilled or heated up to 350 degrees ($36).
3905 Magazine St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118