Name: Jane Pope Cooper
Occupation & Company: designer BALBOA Jewelry and Jane Pope Collection
Years in business: 11
We just relocated to Spartanburg, SC…
I have taken this business from Charlotte, NC to Los Angeles to Charleston, SC to NYC to DC and now landed back in SC.
Tell us a little about your work:
I have two collections. Balboa jewelry is my costume line and contains vintage elements reworked for a more modern feel.
My Jane Pope Collection is fine jewelry. I use mostly 14 kt yellow, rose and white gold, but I have recently introduced Silver. I love mixing metals and textures to give simple pieces more interest.
What makes your products stand out:
Since the Balboa line contains vintage elements, each piece is limited to re-production and are often one-of-a-kind. This keeps things fresh and new! Although I can make a version of something again, there may never be an exact replica. Everyone likes to feel special and unique. Having a one-of a-a-kind piece certainly helps make you feel confident that you will not run into someone in the same look.
Describe your style in 3 words:
Can’t Be Described - ha!
I don’t know if I can classify my own style. I love patterns and neutrals, modern and classic, bold and simple, feminine and tailored.... mixed together of course! Eclectic is such an overused word, but it fits I guess.
What inspires you:
I find inspiration in everything around me. It can be something simple and at first glance mundane that sparks a creative energy… a texture of something, a fabric, a color combination, photography, travel.
What is your current favorite trend:
I am bad about following trends in my own style. I feel that mixing more trend strong pieces with classic ones creates a more authentic picture of your style. Right now, I am 38 weeks pregnant, so my favorite trend is anything that makes me look less gargantuan… I am wearing a lot of fitted dresses. Showing off the bump works better for my body than draping too much fabric over it. I look forward to working texture and volume back into my wardrobe this Fall! I have been working with less is more for the past 9 months. I am anxious to mix things up a bit post baby!
BALBOA Jewelry can be found exclusively in Lexington at Adelé. Thanks to Jane for her time!