One structure stands out on San Clemente’s El Camino Real for its wide A-line roof that harkens back to the ’70s. This former home of the city’s chamber of commerce is now a boutique, Novella Royale, named for owner Mary Myers’ popular clothing line. Although the brand has been around for almost a decade and is sold throughout Southern California, the 2-year-old shop carries a larger, more exclusive collection.
As you enter, the subtle scent of incense complements the vintage decor and ’70s-glamour-inspired clothing. The most sought-after piece? Myers doesn’t hesitate: “The Jane Robe,” a calf-length kimono that comes in a variety of patterns and colors ($189). Sifting through the custom-designed gold racks, you’ll find a range of silhouettes with prints in shades of gold, neutral, and burgundy.
“There’s plenty of what’s trending, so I really try to do something that not everyone else is doing,” Myers says. “The fall prints have a lot of blues and greens, when normally I tend to do golds and neutrals.” This month, look for her first kids’ line, NR Girls ($62 to $72)—a specialty once reserved for her daughter, the store’s namesake. In September, she’ll introduce silk suiting ($295 to $485), and in October, her first denim pants.
Strapless knit bodysuit, $145
Multicolored snakeskin boots, $130
NR Dish towels
Printed linen dish towels, set of 3 $36
1100 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949-388 9336, novellaroyale.com