Local ladies strive to keep Cajun French fashionably alive
The owners and designers of Bayou Native, Breonn Tucker and Carolyn Allain, were born and raised in New Iberia. Staying true to their Louisiana roots, Tucker graduated from ULL and Allain from LSU.
A love for shopping local and the belief that supporting the businesses in our communities keep our small towns alive is the exact entrepreneurial spirit that has helped to make their brand an overnight success!
Throughout the heart of Louisiana are the veins that run through it, the bayous, connecting us all. Hence the name: Bayou Native.
Wanting to create something that was a common, practical good while showcasing Louisiana in a positive way led Tucker and Allain to the idea of clothing. To keep it fun they drew upon their upbringing in Cajun Country.
Listening to their grandparents and great-grandparents speak various forms of Cajun French, the creative duo decided to incorporate the unique yet well-known French expressions into their designs.
The Cajun French design element of Bayou Native adds a flair to regional fashion that highlights and promotes the very best that our culture has to offer… music, food, people, scenery and the history of South Louisiana.
Tucker and Allain strive to strike a balance between fashion trends and comfort while giving back to the community. Currently working with the T.E.C.H.E. Project, a portion of the profits from every shirt sold is donated and applied towards improving and maintaining the Bayou Teche.
Bayou Native debuted in April of 2017 at the New Iberia Art Walk and Festival International in Lafayette. In just a quarter of the year hundreds of shirts have been sold!
A local brand promoting pride of heritage, that is comfortable, charitable and fashionable, Bayou Native’s instant popularity can be attributed to many factors. However, for Tucker and Allain their success is simply defined by the relatable giggles they hear from customers shopping their apparel.
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