COLLECTIVE CREATIVITY: The Ladies of Novel. Charleston

What do you get when you unite talented Southern ladies?  Collective creativity, indeed!

That’s what happened when four gals joined forces to create Novel. Charleston Showroom - a collaborative studio in Charleston, South Carolina made up of four Southern women who are friends, creatives, small business owners, and partners. 

Liza Cleveland, Lauren Lail, Jane Pope Cooper, Way Way Allen

Each represents their own brand, and collectively, own and operate a studio and retail space called Novel. Charleston.  Located in the heart of the Holy City's most famous shopping district, Novel. is like a hidden gem floating above King Street, filled with handmade and one-of-a-kind artisan products, specifically vintage, paper, jewelry and art.

Balboa and Jane Pope Jewelry are two lines by Jane Pope Cooper, an established star in the fashion and accessory business with her designs adorning everywhere from red carpets to the floor of Barney's and the pages of dozens of national magazines.  Her collection of vintage jewelry and fine jewelry embody unique and one of kind style that is the cornerstone of Southern taste. 

Bon Vivant is a creative studio and paperie with the philosophy of helping you reclaim the art of good living.  Owner of Bon Vivant, graphic designer Liza Cleveland, is a style lover driven by pattern, color, art, design, and fashion. She enjoys embellishing custom stationery and invitations, announcements, fabric and textile design, and logos with hand drawn elements and unique patterns. Luxurious paper and hand lined envelopes offer bespoke touches every good Southern woman appreciates.

Blue Chickadee is a one woman painting business who in addition to creating adorable baby and children's clothing and gifts such as tote bags, is an amazing abstract artist.  Heralding a BFA from The University of the South, Way Way Allen has an impeccable touch with the brush, and with her taste in home interiors and design, she runs a popular blog of the same name as her lovely business.  You will love the truly Southern Blue Chickadee hand painted bloomers for your little one!

Lauren Lail's exclusive vintage collection - fittingly tagged Library: Archives of Fashion - showcases her vision of creating a one-of-a-kind look with re-purposed vintage pieces that transcend time and inspire the imagination.  Lail has curated an extensive anthology of clothing & accessories to create the stylish woman's ultimate resource for signature pieces. Shop everything from belts and sunglasses to evening gowns and everyday blouses--with a price range to cover every category--and be assured you won't see what you're wearing on anyone else!

Visit Novel. Charleston at 341 King Street, Suite B, Monday through Friday 10:30-3:00 or by appointment.

Contact Novel: or through one of their many social media channels!

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Comment by Javacia Harris Bowser on May 21, 2013 at 7:52am

I love this! Stories like this are so inspiring. We women are so powerful and creative when we join forces. 

Comment by Caroline Lumpkin Sozzi on December 5, 2012 at 6:44pm

Novel is a wonderful collection of unique, one-of-a-kind items, fashioned by 4 very attractive young ladies!!  You will enjoy visiting their shop in Charleston, S.C. or attending one of their "Shows" if you are lucky to be in a city where they travel samples of their collections.  I would imagine if you visit their website, you can find a schedule of when they may be in a city near you.

Comment by whitney long on December 5, 2012 at 11:40am


I want to go to Charleston now and check out these fab products and meet the forces behind them!

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