Since the last time we saw Kleur at their grand opening party in Hollywood, let’s just say we officially fell in love with them. I’m sure we’re not the only ones enamored by their artfully created nail art, jewelry and varying involvement in the music scene. Combine that with their sass and all for love attitude, these ladies officially become forces to be reckoned with and I mean, how do you NOT get hooked on them? So here we go once again as we sit down with Jaeme of Kleur and get to know them beyond what meets our finger nails.
1. What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
Chaka Khan . Sade . Yukimi Nagano
2. How did you get your start creating nail art?
I think I can speak for all of us considering our stories are pretty similar. In high school, playing with different colors and watching how they do it at the shop and trying it at home.
3. The name of the collective stems from the Dutch word Kleur, meaning color. How did you come across that name? and does it have any extra meaning to you besides its obvious link to nail design?
Yes! Kleur is the Dutch & Afrikan translation of the word “color.” I came across that because we all love color & we wanted something simple that didn’t fall right into the “nails” category like Kleur nails, etc… It definitely has more meaning: color is like music, it sets you in the mood.
4. You also double as a DJ? Is their a link between music and your nail creations. Are you inspired to create both in the same way?
Yes I do, music definitely inspires me while I’m painting. The creativity in each is a bit different. There was a time while I was painting on the wall in my living room & when the music changed, I found myself not interested until I changed up the tunes. Not to say that I can’t, but it definitely helps. When I drop a mixtape, I usually freestyle the entire mix & it is all catered to me.
5. What’s your favorite piece of nail art that you’ve created?
I would say the Adidas Run DMC nails
6. Whose nails would you like to do?
Anyone & everyone interested
7. What part of designing nails is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
I want them to be happy but at the same time, color is like music, in my opinion, it’s not for everyone
8. Any advice for ladies who are just starting out in a career path similar to yours?
There is nothing that you can’t do!
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