About the Designer, Deborah Dee Coote...My love affair with New Orleans began as a small child. From my first home in Gentilly, I could walk to Pontchartrain Beach, I moved to the St Thomas Housing Projects, then to the uptown district where I lived on State street, Annunciation, Prytania and 4th Street where I lived in a shotgun house in which the aromas and smells wafting from the neighbor’s home became part of my environment. It was a life of change and varying experiences that allowed me to see New Orleans through many different lenses. My only constant was the city itself.
My longest stay at any school was at Marion Abramson Senior High. There I developed lifelong friendships with some amazing women. These women, my chosen family, have remained a major part of my life over these past 40 years.
Although our lives have separated us for most these years, with me marrying the love of my life, also a native New Orleanian, having two wonderful boys, now men, and two adorable grandsons, these endearing, special women and I have managed to reconnect each year to nourish our relationship with New Orleans serving always as the backdrop. They are the impetus for my venture into bracelet design.
Like no other place, NOLA is replete with symbols that speak to the heart of New Orleanians. I hope you enjoy!