Out To Lunch: Bra Strap 'N Shades

Mar 20, 2014

Lisa McKenzie and Stirling Barrett.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, along comes Lisa McKenzie and Oohla Bra, her New Orleans company that turns underwear into outerwear. Oohla Bra has over 65 designer bra straps — strings of pearls, beads and sparkling delights that switch places with the regular strap on your convertible or strapless bra, transforming your everyday bra strap into a work of art.

Lisa's sparkling straps are in more than 300 stores nationwide and on the shoulders of women all over the country. From our brief survey at Commander's Palace over lunch, every woman who sees one wants one. Even the chef at Commander's Palace couldn't keep his hands off Lisa's bra strap.

Stirling Barrett is undaunted by the dark (glasses) overlords that are Rayban, Persol and Sunglass Hut. Stirling, a visual artist, founded Krewe du Optic, a New Orleans sunglass company. Stirling designs the glasses in New Orleans, giving them locally inspired names like Toulouse, LGD and The Fly. The glasses are manufactured in Italy using high end lenses and frames and shipped around the world.

In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter, Lisa and Stirling weigh in on the bug business, namely Jeff Addison's Pied Piper Pest Control.