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12 EDITOR’S WISH LISTS

Cover: J A N E P O P E C O O P E R of JA N E PO PE J EWEL RY Photography by Olivia Rae James

Natural Curiosities Autumn Glow Orange Crush

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T H E M AT C H B O O K G I R L . . .

Decorates with an autumn glow. Takes up a new hobby. Redesigns her stylish boutique. Creates modern-day heirlooms. Unwinds at a house by the sea. Layers delicate gems. Admires the changing leaves.

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FEATURES 25 HANGING WITH HAT TIE

A visit with the young entrepreneur behind New Orleans' Hattie Sparks boutique

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A Charleston afternoon with Pixie Lily designer Leda Jackson

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A seaside escape to Sullivan's Island with jewelry designer Jane Pope Cooper

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THE EXECUTIVE MANSION IS OFFICIALLY RENAMED THE WHITE HOUSE BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1901)

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK IS ESTABLISHED (1890)

HENRY FORD INTRODUCES THE MODEL T AUTOMOBILE (1908) THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB DEBUTS ON ABC (1955)

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S MOVIE RELEASED IN THEATERS (1961) ELIZABETH TAYLOR MARRIES HUSBAND #7 (1991) TELEGRAPH LINE OPENS BETWEEN SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES (1860) JOHN LENNON IS BORN IN LIVERPOOL, ENGL AND (1940) ELEANOR ROOSEVELT IS BORN IN NEW YORK, NY (1884)

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OSCAR WILDE IS BORN IN DUBLIN, IREL AND (1854)

RITA HAYWORTH IS BORN IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (1819) AUSTRALIA'S SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE OPENS (1973) THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM OPENS IN NEW YORK CIT Y (1959) CATHERINE DENEUVE BORN IN PARIS, FRANCE (1943) RICHARD BURTON BUYS ELIZABETH TAYLOR A 69-CARAT DIAMOND RING (1969) PABLO PICASSO IS BORN IN MÁL AGA, SPAIN (1881)

EMILY POST IS BORN IN BALTIMORE, MARYL AND (1872) THE STATUE OF LIBERT Y IS DEDICATED (1886)

SOCIET Y PHOTOGRAPHER SLIM AARONS BORN IN NEW YORK, NY (1916)

AMERICAN FASHION DESIGNER RALPH L AUREN IS BORN IN THE BRONX (1939)

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I LOVE LUCY PREMIERES ON CBS (1951)

JANE AUSTEN’S SENSE AND SENSIBILIT Y IS PUBLISHED (1811) HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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CONTRIBUTORS THANK YOU

SARAH BECKER

OLIVIA RAE JAMES

Photographer New Orleans, LA

Photographer Charleston, SC

THE MATCHBOOK TEAM K ATIE ARMOUR

co-founder editorial director

JANE LILLY WARREN

GAIL EARLY

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global sales sales@matchbookmag.com CATHY HIGGERSON

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JORDAN BL ASER

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Note from Katie & Jane O C T O B E R 2014

H ailing from California and New York, there's something about Southern belles that has always intrigued us. Is it their perfectly polished ensembles?

Their flawless hostessing skills? Or perhaps, it's those impeccable manners? This October we explore the fascination with three stylish ladies south of the Mason-Dixon. First up, we have Jane Pope Cooper, South Carolina's favorite jewelry designer. The stylish mother of two invited us to her Sullivan's Island beach home where she goes to relax with family and seek fresh inspiration. Jane's effortlessly cool style and fashion-forward designs make her a truly modern Southerner. Her evil eye studs are a longstanding Matchbook favorite—we hope you enjoy Jane and her work as much as we do. Next, we headed to historic downtown Charleston to make the acquaintance of Leda Jackson, the designer behind baby clothing company Pixie Lily. Also a mother of two, Leda's bustling home life includes five pet chickens to boot. Pixie Lily's tiny couture creations are on every expectant mother's wish list, and for good reason—one touch of

the airy cotton batiste will make your knees go weak. A special thank-you goes out to Leda for letting us in on her modern-heirloom magic. Lastly, we voyaged down to the Big Easy to hang with Texas native Hattie Collins Moll. We've long admired her impeccably curated boutique, Hattie Sparks, and jumped at the chance to share its new makeover. One glance at the palm leaf wallpaper and we knew it was Matchbook material. We hope you are as impressed with Hattie's entrepreneurial spirit as we are! We wish you a stylish October, whether you're down south, up north, or somewhere in between!

Yours truly,

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1. Snake-effect Leather iPhone Case, Net-a-Porter, $150 2. Resin Totroise Shell with Stand, Target, $30 3. Lion Stone Stud Earrings, Julie Vos, $75 4. Porcupine Quill Mirror, Horchow, $670 5. Eduardo Garza Crystal Box, West Elm, $69 6. Horn-Shaped Candlestick, Zara Home, $60 7. Dawn Scallop Loafer, Loeffler Randall, $325 8. Feather Print, Jayson Home, $495 9. Pen Shell Tray, Williams-Sonoma Home, $299 10. Malachite Glassware, Jonathan Adler, $25 Collection 11. Holographic Snake Print Skirt, J.Crew, $895 12 matchbook


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MAY WE SUGGEST October film and books ON OUR BOOKSHELF ELEMENTS OF STYLE: DESIGNING A HOME & A LIFE

Our dear Boston-based friend Erin Gates has just penned her first book and we're thrilled to add it to our shelf. The fully illustrated tome is brimming with sound decorating advice from the interior design maven and entertaining personal essays that will have you smiling ear to ear. We love Erin's style and know you will too. In bookstores October 7. KATE SPADE NEW YORK: PLACES TO GO, PEOPLE TO SEE

This new book from the folks at Kate Spade New York will have you booking a plane ticket! Experience chic locales such as Paris, Marrakech, Tokyo, and the Amalfi Coast through the colorful and glamorous Kate Spade lens. We especially love the book's travel tips and inspirational quotes. In bookstores October 14. LOULOU DE LA FALAISE

Style icon and muse to Yves Saint Laurent, Loulou de la Falaise was a Anglo-French beauty full of je ne sais quoi. This stunning new title celebrates the fashion icon's legendary bohemian style, from her days assisting designer Halston to her adventures modeling for 18

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Diana Vreeland's Vogue. Interviews with fellow fashion icons such as Diana von Furstenberg, Elsa Peretti, and Oscar de la Renta are included throughout. In bookstores October 21. TORY BURCH: IN COLOR

In her first book, fashion maven Tory Burch explores how color inspires her daily life and designs. Each chapter celebrates a different hue through images of the designer's personal travels, collections, dinner parties, and the people that inspire her. All proceeds of the colorful book will benefit the Tory Burch Foundation. In bookstores October 14. VALENTINO: AT THE EMPEROR'S TABLE

Experience designer Valentino's decadent and impossibly stylish lifestyle first-hard through the vibrant pages of this new book. The priceless peek inside his five residences, in Gstaad, London, Rome, New York, and Paris, inspires us to elevate our own everyday living. In bookstores October 1.

AT T H E B OX O F F I C E THE GOOD LIE

This moving film shares the story of children orphaned by the Civil war in Sudan in the 1980's and the eventual humanitarian effort to bring 3,600 lost boys and girls to America. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon stars alongside the Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and Nyakuoth Weil. In theaters October 3

BIRDMAN

Part comedy, part drama, Birdman tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) who is best known for his role as a famous superhero. When he decides to star in a Broadway play, the actor is forced to confront his ego, his family, and himself. The star-studded cast includes Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, and Zach Galifianakis. In theaters October 17 LISTEN UP PHILIP

Narcissist novelist Philip ( Jason Schwartzman) awaits the publication of his second novel and faces a failing relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elizabeth Moss). When he is offered the remote summer home of his hero, writer Ike Zimmerman ( Jonathan Pryce) he jumps at the chance for some peace and quiet. A quirky comedy sure to delight the Matchbook audience. In theaters October 17 matchbook

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GR ANDMA MOSES PORTRAIT OF A L ADY

Primitive American artist Grandma Moses became one of the country's most famous painters in her late seventies. Born in 1860 in Greenwich, New York, Anna Mary Robertson was a farm girl destined for artistic greatness. Read on for more interesting facts about the folk art icon and late artistic bloomer.

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1 Grandma Moses didn’t complete her f irst painting until she

was seventy-six years old. She picked up a paint brush because her arthritis was hindering her usual craft of choice, embroidery.

2 Her very f irst paintings were sent to the county fair with a

sampling of her raspberry jam. Though her jam had won a ribbon, nobody noticed the artwork.

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taught French painter, Henri Rousseau. She had never heard of either of them.

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education Grandma Moses had took place in a oneroom country school. At age twelve she went to work on a farm as a hired girl.

discovered her artistic talent. While passing through Hoosick Falls he spotted some of her paintings hanging in a drug store, priced from $3 to $5. He purchased them all.

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for tea in 1949. The President played the piano for the elderly artist.

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4 President and Mrs. Harry S. Truman invited Grandma Moses 5 Grandma Moses did all of her paintings from memory. She

took inspiration from familiar farm activities such as soapmaking, candle-making, and the making of apple butter.

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and have ten children of her own (though sadly, two died in infancy).

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1. Wood Oil Painting Palette, Utrecht, $6 2. Felt Pennant, American Folk Art Museum Shop, $36 3. Willa Peacock Side Chair, Crate & Barrel, $149 4. Threshold 16-Piece Scalloped Dinnerware Set, Target, $60 5. Timex Weekender Watch, Target, $35 6. Jennifer Meyer Wishbone Stud Earrings, Shopbop, $300 7. Plaid Shirtdress, Gap, $70 8. Threshold Chunky Knit

Pillow, Target, $20 9. Fairbault Large Stripe Wool Pillow Cover, West Elm, $6910. Horse Print Square Scarf, Tory Burch, $150 11. Pear Salt & Pepper Shakers, West Elm, $1912. Lex Cocktail Glass, Crate & Barrel, $10 13. Iron Utility Scissors, Anthropologie, $1814. Dix Tab Ankle Boots, J.Crew, $248 15. Plaid Throw, Target, $20 16. Classic American Shipping Crate, Three Potato Four, $95 17. Thomas Kay Log Carrier, Pendleton, $159


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H AT T I E TEXAS NATIVE, HATTIE COLLINS MOLL PACKED HER BAGS FOR NEW ORLEANS IN 2008 AND HAS BEEN IN LOVE WITH HER NEW HOME EVER SINCE. AFTER EARNING HER MASTER'S DEGREE IN ART HISTORY FROM TULANE UNIVERSITY, THE ENTREPRENEURIAL YOUNG GAL NOTICED A GAP IN THE CITY'S RETAIL INDUSTRY AND DECIDED TO FILL IT. IN NO TIME HER VIBRANT LIFESTYLE BOUTIQUE,HATTIE SPARKS, WAS BORN. THE COLORFUL SPACE COMBINES HATTIE'S LOVE OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND FASHION, BOASTING EVERYTHING FROM QUIRKY HOME ACCESSORIES TO TIMELESS RUNWAY CLASSICS. HATTIE ESPECIALLY LOVES TO CELEBRATE TALENTED LOCAL DESIGNERS—AND WE LOVE HER ALL THE MORE FOR IT. JOIN US AT THE NEWLY REDECORATED HATTIE SPARKS BOUTIQUE FOR A GLIMPSE OF BIG EASY MAGIC.

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GROWING UP IN TEXAS, W H AT D I D Y O U WA N T T O BE?

As a kid I was obsessed with Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy, and definitely thought I would grow up to be a detective or some sort of special agent spy. Looking back, I think what I loved so much about these characters and their stories was that they didn't sit around and wait for adventure to happen to them, they went out and found it. Reading those books instilled in me from a young age the notion that it was okay to explore, ask questions, and strike out on your own to make things happen. Sadly, my spy career never took off, but I like to think that I still took some really great lessons from Nancy and Harriet.  W H AT I N S P I R E D OPEN UP SHOP?

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wasn't much on the boutique scale that offered an all-encompassing shopping experience or sold new, unheard of, or just-established brands. There were so many local and Southern designers doing really wonderful work. I knew I wanted to give these designers and artists a retail platform from which they could launch.  WHERE DID THE NAME S PA R K S C O M E F R O M ?

Sparks is actually my middle name! I was named after my dad's paternal grandmother, who was also Hattie Sparks Collins. I feel lucky that my parents chose to give me a unique name that I love so much. Professionally, I go by Hattie Collins Moll, but after I got married I couldn't think of parting with any of my names, so legally, I'm Hattie Sparks Collins Moll! HOW DO YOU SOURCE YOUR WONDERFUL MIX OF MERCHANDISE?

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This spring, I started to feel that the interior of the store wasn't reflecting the success we've had and didn't match the strength of our brand. We opened pretty quickly, so many decisions were made out of necessity, and I wanted a space that was more modern, thoughtful, and had a cohesive, clear style. I took a trip to Nashville at the end of May and spent some time in the 12South neighborhood and was just so impressed by all of the businesses there. Everything was done so well, all of the branding was so on point, and I experienced really unique moments within each store. I came back to New Orleans inspired and called my friend Marcie of Bloodhound Studio to ask for her help. I knew she would knock it out of the park! matchbook

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1. T H E S Y D N E Y A N D WA L D A B E S T H O F F S C U L P T U R E G A R D E N AT T H E N E W O R L E A N S M U S E U M O F A R T This five

acre sculpture garden adjacent to NOMA is such a peaceful retreat that I love to visit. Over sixty sculptures are surrounded by towering pine and magnolia trees, and giant oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Owned by my dear friends Molly and Paul Babineaux, Loomed sells hand-woven organic cotton Turkish textiles. They have the best selection of goodies there—from bedspreads to towels to cozy robes. I never leave empty handed!

2. L O O M E D N O L A

Undoubtedly it's the most forward-thinking, creative restaurant in New Orleans. We love to sit at the bar for small plates or charcuterie boards and a cocktail or two. My favorite is the Compton Classic—Bombay Sapphire gin, grapefruit, and rosemary syrup.

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Owned and operated by two sweet cousins, Kate and Anna, TGSP creates and produces witty, whimsical cards and prints on two antique letterpress machines. We carry their products in the shop, but I love popping by their studio and retail space for an impromptu cocktail hour or just to check out their latest, always-stunning window displays. Plus, they have THE best Instagram feed! 4.  THE GROVE STREET PRESS

I read a LOT and I love supporting this independent book shop just around the corner from my store. Established in 1965, they have a great selection of new titles, rare books, and are always willing to offer a great suggestion on what to read next. 5. M A P L E S T R E E T B O O K S H O P

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W H AT WA S T H E L A S T T H I N G Y O U P U RCHASED FROM YOUR BOUTIQUE?

A handmade brass shark tooth cuff from jeweler Tiny Wild. Her pieces are rustic but still dainty and I just love how the cuff looks by itself or stacked with other bracelets. I also took home a few Jonathan Adler candles—the Champagne and the Big Sur are my two favorites. It's hard to pick since all of their scents are so great, but I always come back to those two. W H E N Y O U 'R E N O T AT T H E S H O P, W H E R E WOULD WE FIND YOU?

I'll be volunteering or in meetings! I'm involved in quite a few things around town— Junior League of New Orleans, YAYA Art Studio Gala, Education Advisor for Kappa Alpha Theta at Tulane, Co-chair of the New Orleans Museum of Art Young Fellows. I really enjoy being a part of so many different organizations and feel like it connects me even more to the city I love so much. When I do have downtime, I'm usually at the dog park or hanging with our two pups. We have a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Boone and a miniature long-haired Dachshund named Jackson. W H AT D O Y O U L O V E M O S T A B O U T N E W ORLEANS?

New Orleans lets you be who you are and doesn't ask questions. I've lived in a lot of different places and it's the only place that I've felt like I was really encouraged to discover what made me unique. It's a city that if you love it and really stick with it (because, honestly, it's not always the easiest place to live) it will love you right back. Owning a business here is wonderful because the innate culture of New Orleans is to support its 36

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own and to back what's local and different. There seems to be so much written these days about what makes New Orleans special—the food, the music, the history—but what it really boils down to is the people. There's so much warmth, acceptance, and kindness here, and I always miss it so much when I travel. W H AT A R E Y O U M O S T L O O K I N G F O RWA R D T O T H I S FA L L ?

Fall is my favorite season in New Orleans! I love seeing the return of all our student shoppers, the cozy clothing that arrives at the shop, and the preparations that go into the holiday season. I'm looking forward to some special in-store and offsite events we have lined up, like a trunk show I'm taking on the road in partnership with the wonderful store Amelia in Oxford, Mississippi. On a personal note, I'm looking forward to cooler evenings spent on the back porch with a glass of wine and a good book while my husband grills and the dogs play in the yard. Those are my favorite nights.


H AT T I E ' S M AT C H B O O K Q U E S T I O N N A I R E

TEA OR COFFEE?

Coffee. Iced. Lots of it. I C O L L E C T...

Crosses from Mexico, art, and matchbooks

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LuLu Frost stacking code rings in my wedding anniversary date. MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?

My wedding set and a pendant made from a Spanishpiece of eight from the FAV O R I T E C I T Y ? Atocha shipwreck, circa 1622. The coin After New Orleans, definitely New belonged to my grandmother, who had York it set in the pendant. She gave it to my mother, who then gave it to me. (It's S P R I N G O R FA L L ? what I'm wearing in this feature!) Fall BLOOM OF CHOICE?

Hyacinth

GIRL CRUSH?

Mindy Kaling

ST YLE ICON?

BOY CRUSH?

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QUEEN P I X I E L I LY D E S I G N E R L E D A J A C K S O N I S N'T YO U R T Y P I C A L SOUTHERN SEAMSTRESS. THE ST YLISH MOTHER OF TWO LIVES IN H I S T O R I C D O W N T O W N C H A R L E S TO N W I T H H E R FA M I LY A N D T H E I R F I V E C H I C K E N S . U P O N T H E B I R T H O F H E R D A U G H T E R, S U Z A N N E , L E D A R E A L I Z E D N O O N E WA S M A K I N G H E I R L O O M Q U A L I T Y P I E C E S F O R B A B Y G I R L S . N AT U R A L LY, T H E R E S O U R C E F U L YO U N G M OT H E R S E T O U T T O M A K E T H E M . A N A D M I T T E D S E W I N G C L A S S F LU N K , L E D A P I C K E D U P A N E E D L E A N D T H R E A D, U N D E T E R R E D. P I X I E L I LY O P E N E D I T S D O O R S I N 2000 A N D H A S B E E N C R E AT I N G C O U T U R E L AY E T T E S E V E R S I N C E . F R O M B E A U T I F U L LY E M B R O I D E R E D B O N N E T S T O S O F T A S S I L K B L A N K E T S , T H E L I N E H A S E X PA N D E D N AT U R A L LY A N D M O T H E R S L I K E G W Y N E T H PA LT R O W A N D B R O O K E S H E I L D S A R E A M O N G I T S M A N Y FA N S . W E C A U G H T U P W I T H L E D A I N H E R S U N N Y C H A R L E S T O N S T U D I O F O R A N U P-C L O S E L O O K AT T H E N E W B O R N F I N E R Y.

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The genesis for Pixie Lily came when I started sewing for my own baby, Suzanne, shortly after she was born. Even though I got an F in sewing at a girl's school in Charleston, I had the basic skills to create a pattern and make a few day gowns. I wanted very simple designs. There is such a rich tradition of beautiful hand sewing in the South but I think all the smocking, lace, and artistry is overwhelming on small babies and children. It becomes more about the creation and less about the wee one wearing it. Rachel Zoe likened my look to "the little black dress for babies." I loved that and was completely flattered. Rachel really got it. It's about dressing your baby in something lovely and appropriate but nothing that will distract from them. CAN YOU TELL US A BIT MORE A B O U T Y O U R FA M I LY H E I RL O O M L AY E T T E ?

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cotton flannel with white grosgrain trim, handmade soutache fasteners and embroidered with tiny white floral sprays. Really, they were the most heavenly little confections you could imagine. There is almost something magical about a baby in all white. It’s such a timeless look. W H AT I S Y O U R D E S I G N P R O CESS LIKE?

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Really, children have been wearing variations of the same styles since the 20’s Babies and toddlers are not little adults and they need to be comfortable. Their clothes should encourage movement and play. Why put a waistband on someone who has trouble with digestion or a tie on a little one with no neck control? It doesn’t make sense and it certainly doesn’t feel good to them. I want Pixie Lily to be comfy and timeless. W H AT M AT E R I A L S D O Y O U LIKE BEST?

I love beautiful pima cotton jersey, batiste and fine cotton flannels. These fabrics wear beautifully and if you hang them to dry you really don’t need to bother with an iron What techniques are used? The layette collection is known for the simple crochet tatting that is used to finish the pieces. The ladies actually turn under the edges as they are making the tatting and attaching it to the clothing. I love handmade details but really like to keep them to a minimum so I don’t make anything too fussy or busy. I’ve done some sweet vintage matchbook

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1. B A B Y S I LV E R

Make sure to treat your baby to a cup or spoon engraved with their name or initials. 2. A P R E T T Y D AY G O W N

Quite honestly, this is my all-time favorite baby style plus it’s easy to change a diaper and those little legs can get happy and kicky. 3. A B A B Y B O O K

Your first baby’s book will be meticulously kept. Ask a grandmother to take charge of the book for baby #2 or it will be completely empty (I learned the hard way). 4 . TA K E-M E-H O M E O U T F I T

You’ll want to pick out something extra special for baby’s homecoming and to meet family and friends. 5. C A L L I N G C A R D S

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inspired embroideries and a few years ago we started doing some geometric smocking that our customers went wild over. Smocking can be so elegant if you just steer clear of college mascots and things. And everything that has a handmade detail comes with a hang tag signed by the lady who did the work. I always want to make sure that parents realize that talented artisans created these pieces. HOW

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up to size 5, a collection of lounge wear for women made from the same lush pima jersey as the baby clothing, custom designed prints and a line of letterpress stationery, invitations and calling cards H O W D O Y O U S E E I T E V O LV I N G I N T H E FUTURE?

I would love to do some collaborations and am in the process of creating a collection of nursery fabrics and wallpapers. T E L L U S A B O U T Y O U R H O M E I N H I S T O RIC DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON. IS IT TRUE T H AT Y O U H AV E C H I C K E N S ?


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I am so lucky to have my little farm in the city. It's a craftsman cottage in Cannonborough-Elliotborough with a perfect little garden in the front for entertaining and a back yard that's big enough for our garden, chickens, and beehives. We're harvesting something twelve months out of the year from honey and figs to okra and kumquats. My son even started planting cotton and has a nice little crop to harvest this fall. Pixie Lily is going to ship cotton seeds with all of our orders starting next January (from my son Chisolm's crop, of course). It's such a rewarding seed to plant and I am convinced I can raise up some serious gardeners if we start sending seeds out with instructions. A cotton seed is so much more exciting than a lima bean in a paper cup. Little ones are going to love it. 54

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W H AT D O Y O U L O V E M O S T A B O U T S O U T H CAROLINA?

That rich sense of place is still here, a rootedness that is quintessentially Southern. People still have a desire to make a connection and know your story. I was in a cab in New York a few years ago and I knew I was going to love my driver because he immediately greeted me with a smile and direct eye contact. It turned out Mr. Sherrard was from Anderson, South Carolina. It was the best trip I ever had to LaGuardia. We talked about food, family, and what a special place our part of the world is. Mr. Sherrard had lived in New York longer than he had lived in Anderson, but being a South Carolinian was still part of the the fabric of his identity.


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Leda

L E D A' S M AT C H B O O K Q U E S T I O N N A I R E TEA OR COFFEE?

Lapsang Souchong tea with honey from my our hives.

a vintage Fortuny evening gown

FAV O R I T E C I T Y ?

MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?

Sorrento, Italy

S P R I N G O R FA L L ?

Could it be anything other than Spring in Charleston? BLOOM OF CHOICE?

Wisteria snipped from my garden arbor.

a collection of sculptures made by my husband’s grandfather GIRL CRUSH?

My friends that juggle work and family with grace and humor. It ain’t easy! BOY CRUSH?

ST YLE ICON?

Donal Logue, actor, trucker, wordsmith

C H I N A PAT T E R N ?

O N W E E K E N D S ...

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Sullivan's Island Getaway PHOTOGRAPHY BY OLIVIA RAE JAMES

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When South Carolina–based jewelry designer Jane Pope Cooper is looking to recharge, she packs up and heads to her family's Sullivan's Island home. ENDLESSLY INSPIRED BY THE AREA'S NATURAL BEAUTY, THE DESIGNER LOVES NOTHING MORE THAN TO LOUNGE AROUND AND EXPLORE THE SEASHORE WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWO CHILDREN. ARMED WITH A FINE JEWELRY DEGREE FROM THE GEMOLOGY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA IN LOS ANGELES, JANE LAUNCHED HER EPONYMOUS COLLECTION IN 2007 AND IT'S BEEN SOARING EVER SINCE. THE MATCHBOOK GIRLS LOVES HER DELICATE, ORGANIC DESIGNS, WHICH HAVE BEEN SPOTTED ON EVERYONE FROM NATALIE PORTMAN TO SIENNA MILLER. FROM HIP EVIL EYE STUD EARRINGS TO DAINTY TWIG RINGS, JANE'S PIECES ARE ALWAYS BOTH FEMININE AND STRIKING. JOIN US AT THE DESIGNER'S CHIC BEACH HOUSE TO SOAK UP WHAT'S LEFT OF THE SUNNY SEASON.

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W H E N D I D Y O U R FA S C I N A TION WITH JEWELRY BEGIN?

My mother and grandmother always wore amazing jewelry. Whether it was costume or fine jewelry, it made a statement. My dad designed a sapphire ring for her to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary. I loved that ring and realized how special that piece was for my dad and mom—it stuck with me. DO THE WOMEN IN YOUR FA M I LY H AV E A N Y B A U B L E S YOU'VE LONG ENVIED?

Besides my mom’s sapphire stunner, my aunt and mom shared a ring (formerly a brooch) and earring set that is over 150 years old. When I got engaged, my aunt gave me the ring. I borrowed the earrings for my wedding day. They are truly incredible antique pieces. W H AT K I N D S O F C L A S S E S D I D Y O U TA K E T O E A R N Y O U R F I N E J E W E L R Y D EG R E E ? D I D Y O U H AV E A FA VORITE COURSE?

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back to graduate school in New York, I took fabrication classes. These were so helpful. It was no frills, no fuss, no design—just technique in metal work, wax carving, wax buildup, mold making, and casting. It was awesome to be a part of a piece start to finish. W H AT I N S P I R E D Y O U T O L A U N C H T H E B A L B O A C O LL E C T I O N A N D L AT E R J A N E POPE JEWELRY?

My dear friend Sydney and I started Balboa, piddling with vintage pieces and reworking them. It was so fun! We sold at Barney’s in the first four months. Sydney left Balboa to become a mom two years later and  I  continued the relationship for many years. Jane Pope Jewelry came out of my growing interest in fine jewelry. I wanted pieces that  I couldn’t find—less serious fine jewelry.   W H AT B R O U G H T Y O U F R O M N E W Y O R K T O S O U T H C A ROLINA?

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reasons that it made it a good move for us. D O Y O U H AV E A FAV O R I T E M E TA L T O W O R K W I T H ?

I love yellow and rose gold with colored stones. I love mixing metals, so I tend to wear a good combination of silver/platinum/white gold and yellow/rose gold. A N D W H AT A B O U T A FA VORITE STONE?

If I had to choose, I guess moonstone . . . or emeralds. Not the perfect kind, but the cloudy, less perfect ones.  The imperfections work well with my style. W H AT H A S B E E N Y O U R M O S T S P E C I A L C R E AT I O N T O D AT E ?  

I did an engagement ring for a super cool client recently—it was really fun and special. She is an artist and he is a web designer out of Charleston. He was so great to work with and trusted my style, but was also very  involved. I was so happy when he proposed and I could meet her because I was dying to get a piece of her work. W H AT J E W E L R Y D O Y O U W E A R O N A D A I LY B A S I S ?  

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until something sparks me to change it. Currently I am wearing the rectangle studs, heart cuff, seed bangle, skinny bullet necklace, delicate leaf ring, arrow ring, twig rings (two gold and one silver), name ring (with my daughter’s nickname, Popie, on it), my wedding rings, and a diamond band my hubby gave me for our fifth anniversary last year. It sounds like a lot, but they are all super easy wearing pieces for me! I wear them to work, sleep, Pure Barre (my latest obsession). I never take them off.  W H AT D O Y O U L O V E M O S T A B O U T Y O U R H O M E O N S U L L IVA N ' S I S L A N D ?  

I can totally unwind and unplug there. I love the beach in the morning . . . even more so in fall and winter because it is quiet. It is rustic and feels loved and lived in. And there is no internet or cable there. W H AT D O Y O U A B O U T FA L L ?

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The cool, crisp feeling in the morning gives me tons of energy. A coffee in the morning totally warms me up. A snuggly sweater make me happy. What's not to love about fall?

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JANE'S M AT C H B O O K Q U E S T I O N N A I R E TEA OR COFFEE?

Coffee

I C O L L E C T...

Art by all of the super talented artists in Charleston. FAV O R I T E C I T Y ?

NYC

S P R I N G O R FA L L ?

Fall—it has the perfect temps for snuggling up. BLOOM OF CHOICE?

Orchids and hydrangeas ST YLE ICON?

Taylor Tomasi Hill C H I N A PAT T E R N ?

Anything simple and blue and white. I ’ M L U S T I N G A F T E R ...

Wallpaper for my bar area. MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?

An antique ring given to me by my aunt GIRL CRUSH?

Sally King Benedict BOY CRUSH?

My husband is a hottie . . . And I have always had a crush on Luke Wilson. O N W E E K E N D S ...

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JUST MARRIED

BR I A NA The Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, California.

THE LOCATION

During our first year of law school in Washington, DC. WE MET

Was on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. THE PROPOSAL

It's a one-of-a-kind Amsale. I fell in love with its nod to Audrey Hepburn!

MY DRESS

We incorporated a classic, East Coast, preppy aesthetic to our San Francisco wedding, capturing our style and sensibility.

IT FELT VERY "US" BECAUSE

WE HONEYMOONED IN

Bora Bora, French Polynesia. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JERRY YOON

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ODDS & ENDS HELEN FRANKENTHLER: COMPOSING WITH COLOR 1962–1963 AT GAGOSIAN, THROUGH OCTOBER 18

This 10-piece show is a delightful reverie of color and soulfulness. JANE

K ATIE

JANE

S H A R E T H E I R L AT E S T

MARGOT TOTE, CLARE V., $389

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A fun twist on a timeless tote. KATIE

DULCI SUEDE KITTEN HEELS, J.CREW, $198

These kitten heels are comfy and chic. KATIE

DALMATIAN STAPLER, ANTHROPOLOGIE, $24

My favorite "backto-school" purchase this year. JANE

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BEYONCÉ T-SHIRT, TEES IN THE TRAP, $30 Great reminder. KATIE


CHIC POUCH, A.P.C. STORE, $135

Minimalism at its best. KATIE

ZEBRA PRINTED CALF HIDE RUG, CALYPSO ST. BARTH, $275

This, layered over a sisal rug, would be seriously chic. KATIE

PIMA COTTON FLANNEL PAJAMA SET, LL BEAN, $55

Flannel pajamas on a chilly night is one of life's simple pleasures. JANE

RGB NAIL POLISH IN SCARLET, NETA-PORTER, $18

Classic red nails for fall. KATIE

PENDLETON X UO REVERSIBLE BLANKET OPEN PONCHO, URBAN OUTFITTERS, $198

Come fall, everyone should have a classic cape in their closet. JANE

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See you next month! IN THE MEANTIME, WE HOPE YOU ’LL JOIN US ON OUR ADVENTURES:

Matchbook Magazine, October 2014  
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