Sal Trentacoste

Owner & buyer, Elizabeth’s

How did you get into the fashion business? My mother opened a shoe store but had a fear of flying, so when I was 14, I started going to New York with my father to do the buying.

Did she tell you what to buy? Not really, I had to follow my instincts, which I still do today.

What kind of designers do you buy for your customers? I look for beautiful, unusual pieces. I like to support American designers. I also buy European lines because there’s so much luxury in the fabrics and textures they use and creativity in the design.

Give us one piece of fashion advice? Don’t ask for too many opinions! Ask people you trust and who know what suits you. Remember models on the runway can be 6 feet tall and a size 0; most women are not, so you need figure out what looks you can pull off best.

Who would you most like to dress? Julianna Margulies in “The Good Wife.”

Any tips for looking good in the summer heat? Cotton! You have to let your skin breathe and make sure the lining in your clothes is a breathable fabric, too.

What trends do you like at the moment? Cool prints and peplums.

How would you describe the fashion sense of New Orleanian women? Southern women love color and they mix classic with trendy and look very chic.

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