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New Orleans Lids and Apparel

NOLA Lids and Apparel was birthed through a love of all things New Orleans.  Our New Orleans t-shirts and caps are inspired by what we cherish about this great city.  One of the things we love the most about the culture of New Orleans is its commitment to celebrating both the mundane as well as the most incredible aspects of life.  So, whether you are a New Orleans lady sashaying by “from Bourbon Street to Esplanade” with a custom womens hat or a man proud to be “Born on the Bayou,” we have a New Orleans  inspired tee shirt design that is just right for you.

We love our New Orleans traditions including ways in which we experience music and travel, and we seek to celebrate those in our clothing line featuring jazz musicians like Trombone Shorty and New Orleans symbols like the traditional green streetcar.  Our line of apparel and caps is available for the whole family in a wide array of styles and options so that you can celebrate your unique love of the city in one of our quality designs. 

One of the aspects of our culture that brings us closer together is our love of New Orleans sports.  Whether we are headed to the Superdome to watch the Saints play or grabbing seats at the Smoothie King Center to watch Zion show us what he’s got, you can believe that when New Orleanians get together, they are talking up and dressing up in their favorite Saints apparel and Pelicans Hats cheering on their favorite home teams. 

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Women’s Apparel

We have a large variety of women's hats,  that are a tailored around New Orleans women's fashion including 6 different ponytail models.  We also have a growing collection of T-Shirts and Tank Tops specifically for the ladies that come in a variety of different women's shirt sizes. If you have been searching for online New Orleans Boutiques to find original New Orleans themed clothing then you have come to the right place. 

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You are sure to find something you'll love in our best sellers, from New Orleans t-shirts to Saints caps to Pelicans gear.  Whether you are going to an outdoor festival, having a quiet evening with family and friends, or seeing your favorite New Orleans team play in person, we have what you need to complete your look. As we grow we will continue to bring you new designs, styles, and products.  Click here to see our hottest products!

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We are making room for some of our latest designs, and you get to reap the benefits.  Click here to shop our unbeatable deals on New Orleans themed t-shirts and caps.  Get these hot deals while they last (and trust us, they won't last long).  All clearance products are marked down 50% or more!

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About Us

What has evolved into a business didn’t begin with a business plan or even an intention of creating a business.  Being a huge New Orleans Pelicans fan and hat lover, Matthew Johnson never could find a Pelicans hat that he liked.  The idea to create his own Pelicans hat was the original spark that grew into New Orleans Lids & Apparel.  After doing extensive copyright research, Matthew noticed that the organization had never filed for a copyright on any image of Pierre, the Pelicans’ mascot.  His next move was to call his good friend and artist, Eddie “Elvis” Perez.  Matthew drove to Eddie’s house, explained what he wanted to do, and paid him to draw an image of Pierre.  Less than a week later, Matthew filed for a copyright on the image.  Having taken his idea that far, he decided to file for a Sole Proprietorship and named his business New Orleans Lids & Apparel.  It was unwitting and coincidental that the acronym for Matthew’s business name was NOLA.  That coincidence would later prove beneficial after the business began to grow.     

While searching for different hat models to put his image of Pierre on, Matthew came across a geometrical design that consisted of a diamond and a square together.  The design sparked a new idea of putting a fleur de lis inside of a diamond surrounded by a square and the letters N-O-L-A in each corner.  That became the design for a new hat.  Days later, while relaxing by the pool, he realized how many different hats could be made from that same geometrical design.  Returning to his original love of the Pelicans, Matthew’s next big idea was to create a similar geometrical design but to replace NOLA with ZION and feature Zion Williamson’s jersey number, #1, in the center instead of the fleur de lis he had used previously.  That became hat number 3.  Eddie and Matthew got together and began brainstorming the idea of using some of Eddie’s paintings and transforming them into wearable art.  Eddie had already printed shirts with his Jazz Fest painting of Trombone Shorty.  Next, Eddie painted Zion Williamson to celebrate the Pelicans as well as a traditional streetcar to pay homage to the spirit of New Orleans, which they then put on shirts.  Matthew and Eddie did well together last fall with their limited collection, mostly selling in person at small pop up festivals.  When Matthew got a settlement from his former employer in December 2019, he paid Eddie for his designs and help with getting the business started. Then they parted ways. 

During the downtime this past winter, Matthew used his graphic design skills to create new shirts and began contacting hat and apparel manufacturers and screen printers directly to transform the original hat designs into higher quality products. His line of products began to grow and the quality of the products he wanted to sell improved, but he didn’t have as much of an online presence as he wanted, no brick and mortar location, and festival season had not yet arrived.   

When the Covid-19 virus began to take effect on the United States in March of 2020, Matthew wanted to do something to help our country and to support those on the frontlines who were helping to eradicate this disease.  New Orleans Lids and Apparel began a new line named Unbreakable apparel.  Matthew used the Celtic Shield knot as the logo for the design, representing “Strength and Protection.”   His company began to reach a national consumer base with this new line of products and began donating $3 from each shirt purchased to the (CDP) COVID-19 Response Fund.  This line of products has continued to be a strong seller and has given Matthew a stronger sense of purpose and a sense of satisfaction that his company is able to support such an incredible cause.