Ashley Porter

Artist + Ashley Porter

I’ve always found great satisfaction making things with my hands. I think my generation is realizing how removed companies are from their end products. I know when I was employed by a large organization, I felt like my job lacked importance and was saddened by a disconnected feeling for what I was doing. That feeling of remoteness propelled me to launch Porter Lyons jewelry & accessories, a company I have built to embody locally made goods with a focus on giving back.

Porter is my surname and Lyons is my middle name, which was my grandmother's maiden name. Her family’s lineage ties to New Orleans since the early 1860's and her grandfather started a drug store here called Lyons Pharmacy back in the early 1900's. It's great to be back in the city that has so much personal meaning to me and to be starting a business that helps preserve and document this culture and my family’s heritage.

Every piece in my collection ties back to this city and the bayou: 5% of sales benefits wetland preservation (See more about Coastal Restoration at www.crcl.org). Since graduating from undergrad and grad school at Tulane, New Orleans continues to revive me with a beautiful funk that makes me wake up everyday and truly feel alive. New Orleans grants me the right to be me.


Ashley Porter is a New Orleans artist living and working in the French Quarter.

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