When Hurricane Katrina came huffing and puffing almost six years ago, its force brought many north to seek shelter. Some decided to plant new roots. From Magazine Street in New Orleans to State Street in Jackson, enter Sami Lott. The haute couture designer escaped the waters and winds of the 2005 storm and sought refuge where she already had clientele. “I did trunk shows at the Fairview Inn (in Belhaven) and had one that very weekend,” she says. “I just decided to stay.”

It’s her trunk show this week at circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING that has Find It In Fondren™ curious about Lott’s style and experience. In the 70’s, Lott had a vintage clothing store. And then another store owner asked her to design items for his boutique. “He noticed my unique style,” she says. And from her first shop to a second location in the heart of the French Quarter, Lott began producing her one-of-a-kind pieces 28 years ago. “Texture is my forte,” she says, adding “I am modern with a vintage eclectic twist. Anyone of any size can wear my pieces to spice up their wardrobe.”

This Thursday from 1pm to 8pm, visit circa. in the Rainbow Plaza on Old Canton Road for Lott’s trunk show where you will find jackets, skirts, scarves, pants and more. Featured will be pieces from the summer collection, Vegas blouses, rag  jackets, and the Atruscan collection that gives one a Romanesque vibe.