and stylist Vanessa Traina. What’s Kling’s secret? “I believe that the key is to align yourself with a few designers and build a wardrobe around their vision. It takes time, but it gives you an identity.”
Now, as androgynous tailoring takes center stage both on and off the catwalk for pre-fall, we can all sample Kling’s chic, Scandi-cool aesthetic, as she launches her own line, Totême. “I found that I was missing some essential pieces for summer and vacation, and suddenly the seed was planted,” the fledgling designer explains.
The debut collection, comprising of pique polo shirts, cashmere sweaters, easy tanks and silky wide-leg pants, isn’t a carbon copy of Kling’s personal closet – there are no blazers, yet – but her tomboyish aesthetic imbues all 20 pieces. Dresses have deep pockets; shirts are designed to be worn buttoned up; flat shoes are styled with everything.
“Totême has a modern, refined sense of luxury that inspires the wearer to slow down and enjoy life,” says Kling, who now