Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Color, color, everywhere. Deep, rich cherry reds, sweet violets, tantalizing teals. And orange. I just can’t get enough of it.
With South Louisiana summer right around the corner, and spring in full bloom, these rich, bold hues are showing up everywhere. But so are softer pastels.
That means you don’t have to have a starburst of color this summer, but you need a little splash. And we found it in Cocodri’s new line of colorful stingray cuffs.
A jewel of the sea often dubbed “immortal leather” because of its durability, the stingray skin is tanned and dyed and then superbly crafted right here in Lafayette into a flexible cuff. Stingray leather is among the most beautiful and exotic of skins, its texture resembling tiny round, rock hard pearls; you won’t resist running your fingers across it. “It’s just such an interesting skin,” says Kiki Frayard of kiki in River Ranch, the exclusive retailer of the Cocodri cuffs.
Cocodri has been producing the cuffs for two years and just introduced several summer colors, including turquoise, coral, ivory and coffee bean. Many of the new summer shades take on a two-tone look, as the lining — a rich, canary-yellow Italian calfskin — barely peaks out from underneath the bracelet. Cocodri co-owner Mary Tutwiler says stingrays are not yet harvested for commercial use from the Gulf, but she’d like to see that happen. “I’m willing to explore it,” she says. “I’d like to see a stingray industry develop here because of the local tannery [Reptile Tannery of Louisiana].”
Frayard also sees potential in developing a local industry that takes advantage of this exquisite resource. “All of the top designers are using touches of stingray,” she says. “You see a lot of it on purse handles and clutches. The Cocodri cuff is a stylish and smart investment, because it lasts a lifetime and certainly won’t ever be out of style.”
The flexible bracelets, which start at $130, mold to any size wrist, Frayard says, and look great stacked with bangles or leather wraps. “People are also wearing them with their watches.”
It wouldn’t be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
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The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
As this year’s budget process slogs forward and the Lafayette Parish School Board maintains its hard-headed stance against using any of its more than $60 million reserve fund, another slate of critical programs have rolled through the chopping block, despite the ramifications for the school system.
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The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
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LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
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