The Style Files: Jane Pendry

I was first introduced to Jane Pendry, the designer of the impossibly chic Dovima Paris collection around this time last year by our mutual friend, Ann Mashburn, a woman of equal aplomb. Jane is charming, elegant, intelligent, and incredibly stylish. She has channeled these characteristics into a beautiful clothing collection inspired by her life in Paris and her career in fashion working for the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, and Ralph Lauren. Her appreciation for classic, enduring style and impeccable craftsmanship having spent years working in French couture houses are found in the beautiful tailoring of the Dovima Paris collection. Everything is made to exacting standards, just north of Paris. Jane understands that style is completely personal and as such, part of her business model includes “by-invitation-only” trunk shows throughout the U.S., Paris, and London in order to be closer to the customer, though Dovima is also sold by a handful of chic boutiques the world over, as well as on I’ll never forget how attentive she was at a trunk show at Ann Mashburn, here in Houston, convincing me to go for a beautiful emerald silk blouse rather than playing it safe and going with the ivory version as I had planned. As Ann said to me– “When Jane speaks, you listen. She’ll never steer you wrong.” Jane is currently on the road showing her Spring/Summer 2018 collection and has just introduced a beautiful collaboration with deGournay. Enjoy!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Jane Pendry: Simple, sensual, colorful, bling-averse with a love of refined detail and a touch of the unexpected.

PC: How has living in Paris influenced your aesthetic?

JP: Understanding that chic is wearing something that really flatters you rather than wearing something that looks good on someone else.

PC: What does your home say about you?

JP: That I am curious, have eclectic taste, love color, and that I have a family.

{Jane is often on the road, showing her beautiful collection at trunk shows in the U.S. and Europe, but Paris is home. Be sure to follow her on Instagram to follow along on her fabulous travels.}

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

JP: Mainly my girlfriends, but there are always those images of Lee Radziwilll, Slim Keith, Millicent Rodgers et al.

{The Divine Amanda Ross @arossgirl in A Chic Dovima Dress}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

JP: Generosity of spirit, straightforwardness and kindness.

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

JP: There is no such thing…pleasure is a joy.

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

JP: The designers that I have been so lucky to work for– Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Ralph Lauren.

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

JP: On summer vacation with family and dear friends in the Mediterranean. Laughter; long conversations; a really good book; a swim before breakfast; unfussy, delicious food; messing about on boats; shades of blue and bright white; long lunches; having a nap; dancing on the beach. 

{Jane and Her Boys on Holiday}

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

JP: Dovima Paris is launching limited-edition hand-painted opera coats this season that are a combined effort with de Gournay. They really are gorgeous, but that’s mainly down to the incredible people who do the hand-painting at De Gournay- its utterly mind-blowing to watch and the result is so refined and extraordinary. They have the most amazing savoir-faire. We totally re-vamped the designs in luscious colors, cherry -picked elements from the wall panels and made them fit round the body. The result is the Deco Monkey and Portman Chinoiserie Fiorella coats, in lovely, heavy duchess satin, that can either be worn over an evening gown or belted as an ultra-luxurious take on pajama dressing.  The idea was spurred on by my favorite store, Capitol in Charlotte N.C., asking me to create something for their 20th birthday this spring.

Ultimate Luxury: to keep your clothes and to enjoy wearing them for many years 

Style Mantra: Get fully dressed and then take something off

Scent: L’Ombre dans L’Eau by Dyptique – I have worn it since I was 18 and it’s my signature

Piece of Jewelry: anything by Marie-Hélène de Taillac

Color I Never Tire Of: beautiful mixes of colors so as that one shade highlights and transforms another

Flower: Peonies

Indispensable Design Element: a touch of the unexpected

Era for Design: I love mixing different eras

Dream Project: a Beach Collection and something for the home rather than clothing

Hostess Gift: a copy of a book I have really enjoyed reading

Meal: Japanese food

Drink: Tequila and Soda with a twist…someone told me it’s called a Skinny Bitch

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: talking with my husband as we make dinner

3 Things I Love About My City: Only 3? I love everything about Paris

Weekend Destination: Naples…so much to see, the food is delicious and the sun shines most of the year

Hotel: I prefer to stay with friends if I can

City: New Orleans

Museum: The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth – the building by Louis Khan is transformative and the museum is full of such treasure

Artist: John Singer Sargent (but I have lots of other favorites too)

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

Actor/Actress: Cate Blanchett

Risk Worth Taking: Embrace the unknown

Greatest Extravagance: Curiosity

Go-To Color Palette: color, color and then a little more color

Rule to Break: If you follow all the rules you miss all the fun.

Movie Set Design: The Leopard – In the Mood for Love – My Uncle – anything by Wes Anderson

I can never have too many… Books

{Photography Courtesy of Jane Pendry}


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