During London’s 2020 lockdowns, Klements designer Charlotte Allen found solace in strolling through the city’s many green spaces. And as she did, her heart was lifted by the flocks of resident green parakeets and their (mythical) association with Jimi Hendrix. Urban legend has it that, while living in London, Hendrix released a pair of them, and they began a dynasty. The locals call them “posh pigeons.” No surprise that they inspired the groovy new Hendrix Collection from Klements, now available at Jane’s Vanity.
To create the Hendrix Collection, Allen collaborated with the Handel & Hendrix In London, a house museum located in Soho. The garments celebrate Hendrix’s “extraordinary life, music, and love of extravagant textiles, his idiosyncratic flair for colour and print.” The result is a collection of silky graphics that bring the 60s to life in a variety of caftans, tea dresses, robes, and scarves. One of the prints, the comic-like Watchtower, includes green parakeets swooping about.
Klements believes that fashion should not be fast. They create their collections in England, slowly and ethically, in tiny batches. They use organic cottons and luxurious silks that are hand-dyed in their studios. For many months, the JV fashion flock has been awaiting new Klements prints. They’re here!