Eco-Designer Angelina Rennell, Owner of Beklina

Eco-designer Angelina Rennell of Lina Rennell and Beklina

Angelina Rennell is a fashion powerhouse. Not only is the Northern California-based designer the driving force behind her eponymous organic-clothing label, Lina Rennell, but she’s also the owner of the artfully curated online eco-boutique Beklina, which showcases emerging sustainable artists like Mociun, Feral Childe, and Rachel Corney. Rennell kindly threw open the doors of her walk-in closet to give us a peek into her private sartorial world, which is just as quirky and haunting as her designs make it out to be.

Eco-designer Angelina Rennell's closet

This is my bohemian closet. It’s half old and half new, just how I like it, with lots of color, patterns, and accessories. Most of my clothing is from Beklina, Goodwill, hand-me-downs from Grandma. It’s small, like the house, and it forces me to be eco. I can only store so much, and I can see everything at once.

Eco-designer Angelina Rennell's closet

The change of seasons is mild here in Northern California, so I keep winter clothes alongside summer ones, and I even wear a mix of them year-round. These sachets are one of my favorite things to keep with sweaters to keep moths away and give them a great fresh outdoors scent.

Eco-designer Angelina Rennell's closet

LEFT: Hats and scarves fill a basket. (Note: Faux fur from Finland.) RIGHT: Occasionally I’ll pull out what I want to wear the night before and hang it on my armoire. This old shirt and the shell-and-butterfly pendant are both from Grandma. I adore the print and colors! The other necklace is something I found on the beach. Having fun with what I wear is a part of my personal style. The black knit skirt is a basic and elegant new style in the shop by Rachel Comey.

Having fun with what I wear is a part of my personal style.

I was first inspired by green fashion because of the gorgeous textiles that reminded me of vintage pieces. I hope what people purchase at Beklina makes it to their granddaughters’ closets some day.

Eco-designer Angelina Rennell's closet

Deep inside my closet…random accessories, seaweed, and sticks.

Eco-designer Angelina Rennell's closet

Vintage handmade crochet hangers—too precious to ever toss!

Eco-designer Angelina Rennell's closet

These are my two favorite style from the Lina Rennell Fall 2009 collection, “Knitting From The Past, Present & Beyond.” LEFT: The wool V-poncho is hand-knit (by me) and the yarn is from a fair-trade women’s co-op in Uruguay. I love it with jeans! RIGHT: The tee is done with a metallic silver “Ants” print on organic cotton jersey, made in United States. It pairs great with black.

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+ Beklina

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3 Responses to “Eco-Designer Angelina Rennell, Owner of Beklina”

  1. grechen says:

    i’ve professed my love many times for beklina/angelina – she constantly stocks beklina with EVERYTHING i want to wear, and now i’m swooning from her closet LOL. thanks for doing this jasmin & angelina :)

  2. VictoriaKlein says:

    What a cool idea for an ongoing blog feature :)

  3. I love grandma’s presence in Angelina’s closet. I have some incredible pieces from my grandmother – but they are all from the mu-mu era and I need to work on my sewing skills so I can recreate something wonderful from the vintage prints.

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