We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce our pretty collaboration with Jane Pope Jewelry. Our vision of the powerful & meaningful symbol of the evil eye is brought to life through Jane’s “eye.” We love the collaboration’s representation of this beloved symbol that reflects Jane’s unique, beautiful and organic approach to fine jewelry making. It’s the perfect gift for that special someone. Check out the evil eye necklace and stud earrings on our SHOP page. We are excited to share another Sanction of Style Q&A too. Jane, thank you for taking the time to answer a few of our most pressing questions. We cannot think of a more festive way to ring in the holiday season. ding dong, ding dong, christmas bells are ringing…it’s the best time of the year! See ya back here at the end of the week for our ultimate holiday gift guide. –SoS

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Designer & Creative Director, Jane Pope Cooper
Image: Lindsey Belle

 

a few minutes with Jane… 

 

SoS:  How did you get started in the industry? Did you always know this would be your career path?

JPC: I studied art in college and was always looking for a way to use my creative energy. I started dabbling in costume jewelry in 2000 and launched Balboa Jewelry in 2001. I had no idea it would turn into a career.

 SoS: Biggest accomplishment to date in your professional career? Your personal life?

JPC: My babies and my sweet hubby. Landing a sweet, handsome man I could spend the rest of my life with… I consider that an accomplishment. Having two smart, funny, beautiful children is just icing on the cake!

Being featured in VOGUE.  Nothing beats that, right???  How could it?

SoS: Turning point for Jane Pope Jewelry? At what point were you able to take a breath and just take a moment to enjoy all of your hard work and success?   

JPC: I am not sure you ever take a breath and feel success when you have your own business. That sounds depressing on paper, but it doesn’t feel that way. Your goals are ever changing and shifting.  The challenges keep you wanting more from yourself.

SoS: Any advice for women entrepreneurs out there?

JPC: Work hard.  That sounds silly, but lots of people don’t have a strong work ethic. You have to enjoy what you do and want to work really hard to get what you want. That and work TOGETHER with other people you respect! I didn’t get this when I was starting out as much as I do now. Build a network of people you admire and value their opinion. Learn from them and teach them. It will help you, especially if you have a small business with one or two people.

SoS: Favorite beauty product?

JPC: I am trying to go completely clean with my products, so I have been switching up my beauty regimen. I love the Rejuvinating Serum by Tata Harper. I use it as my moisturizer. It feels amazing on my skin and I love the smell!

SoS: winter, spring, summer or fall?

JPC: I love summer, but my hubby has taught me to love fall/winter. Getting snuggly by a fire and cozying up with yummy food and drink. We were married in December. I loved having a winter wedding.

SoS: Favorite shopping spot? Online shopping?

JPC: I am a terrible online shopper. I peruse shopbop.com weekly though. To get ideas, but I have to try things on. At least after two children I do. I have several great friends who design clothes that I love. It’s fun to support people you know who are talented.

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SoS: You work in both gold & silver…what is it about these metals that you love and why?

JPC: I am definitely someone who mixes metals. I go back and forth as to which metal I like more at the moment, but I rarely ever stick to one metal. I am not a very matchy person.

SoS: How do you juggle family, motherhood and your career?

JPC: Juggling. That’s pretty much it. My sweet babies go to school every day, so that gives me a big chunk of time to focus on work. Of course there is often one sick. I just shift gears and work from home or bring one of them to work with me. I am not sure I do it well, but I juggle happily. There is no point in doing it any other way. I don’t save lives. I design jewelry, so the world will not end if my child needs me one day.

SoS: What is your theme song?

JPC: I love music, but I am so scattered during the day that I am not thinking of what I want to listen to. I put on Pandora and if a song is annoying, I skip it.

SoS: What’s on your bedside table?

JPC: A copy of GRACE, a pretty day planner/journal that my friend gave me, some tooth brightener for my dog, two prescriptions (heart meds), biotin, and a copy of my Will.  (Again, it sounds depressing, but my mom is an estate planning lawyer, so she re-did our wills recently and it has been sitting there ever since.)

SoS: What’s in your bag?

JPC: An insane amount of stuff. My laptop, vitamins, makeup, wallet, school pictures of my kiddos, jewelry, the latest issue of Bazaar. My bag is a mess right now!

SoS: One thing we didn’t ask that you would like people to know?

JPC: You asked so many great questions, I can’t think of anything else??

SoS: Fashion Muse? 

JPC: That’s tough. I crush on lots of ladies for different reasons. Miranda Kerr does the supermodel, effortless-mom chic amazingly well. Miroslava Duma, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, Leandra Medine are all style stars in my book.

SoS: Whose closet would you most like to raid?

JPC: Taylor Tomasi Hill. I am sure her closet is full of Moda Operandi amazingness!!

SoS: Style Mantra? 

JPC: Dress for yourself. You will always look better when you feel good in what you are wearing.

SoS: Favorite quote?

JPC: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”  –maya angelou

SoS: Favorite website/blog?

JPC: Pinterest is my favorite website of the moment. It’s one stop for all of my loves… food, fashion, art, design, travel, home, studio. It’s a great way to find new artists and designers as well.

I heart the Man Repeller. She is so insanely hysterical!! Love her. And her new writer Amelia is pretty awesome too. A Piece of Toast, Glitter Guide, House of Harper, Look Linger Love are some other daily reads.

SoS: Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

JPC: Everywhere. I don’t know how people aren’t affected or inspired by everything around them. I see a texture in something or a shape and it may inspire my next design. Sometimes I wish I could cut my eye and brain off and not want to create based on what I see.

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