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December 29th, 2020

Happy Birthday Ashley Porter!

This month's birthday girl is a jewel.


Porter Lyons
631 Toulouse St.
New Orleans

Our January birthday girl is Ashley Porter, founder of Porter Lyons. With plans to launch a fine art collection this year and a baby on the way, the designer has many reasons to celebrate. 

Happy birthday! How are you celebrating this year?
Celebrating with a run and yoga class during the day, a solid day's work and finishing with a catered dinner party with some close friends and family.  

How many candles are you blowing out?
21? 37? Age is a state of mind. 

Best part about having a January birthday?
Something to look forward to after the holidays!   

Do you make New Year's resolutions?
I always set goals for the next year ahead. On the docket this year is meditation 5 days a week, drinking (only) 1 cup of coffee a day, and expanding my line into sculptures with intentions and beautiful execution.  

What's it like having a shop in the heart of the French Quarter?
Dreamy. My favorite part of the day is walking to work in the a.m. Hearing the buskers setting up on Royal Street, admiring the architecture—it continues to inspire me. 

What can we expect to see more of from Porter Lyons this year?
I'm working on a personalized jewelry line in which the customer gets to be the designer. I'm also extremely excited about launching my fine art creations this year. Without saying too much, sculptures embodying Swamp Mysticism. Follow us to see the debut on our Instagram feed.

What piece of jewelry do you never take off?
I never take out my fine jewelry stud earrings. I recently launched my flat backs stud line, perfect for piercings and leaving them in for years and years. They are so comfortable I forget they are there!  

People would be surprised to learn this about you…
I feel the most alive when I'm hiking in the wilderness with everything I need on my back.  

Top three spots to brunch in the city?
Lamara Coffee and Kitchen, Jack Rose, La Boulangerie.

Favorite inspirational quote or motto?
The secret to life is striking a balance between living in the now and preparing for the future. If you can do these two things you will have mastered life.    

Neighborhood you call home and why you love it? 
Bayou St. John. Our neighbors are amazing and being so close to CIty Park is a dream.  

What's your sign and how do you identify with it?
I'm a Capricorn and I believe I'm driven and keep my eye on the prize through hardship and struggle.  

What's on your birthday wish list?
More love and laughter and a healthy little girl coming this May :)

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Photo: Daan Noppen

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