Two years ago, Alexander Bourne was a rising young entrepreneur who hit the New Orleans social scene by storm. He cultivated a glitzy image and he aggressively marketed his business – Patina Shoe Parlor – as a high-end mobile shoe repair service for busy professionals.
The business took off and Bourne seemed to be everywhere: fundraisers, fashion shows, exclusive parties, much of it trumpeted by Bourne himself on social media. Mainstream media also took note; New Orleans Magazine featured him on the cover of its 2014 “People to Watch” issue.
Now Bourne, 25, is in Orleans Parish Prison, awaiting trial on multiple theft charges involving more than a dozen victims.