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St. Petersburg designer Kimberly Hendrix dies at 45

Kimberly Hendrix styles used recycled materials.
Kimberly Hendrix styles used recycled materials.
Published Mar. 13, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG — Friends and clients throughout the Tampa Bay area are remembering designer Kimberly Hendrix as an energetic woman who was nearly always in motion.

Her clothing line, which she sold under the k.hendrix label, was showcased in several Tampa Bay Fashion Week celebrations and was photographed in national magazines including Vogue and Elle, and in numerous local publications, including the Tampa Bay Times and its Bay magazine.

Her styles incorporated reclaimed and recycled materials and often featured intricate details such as embroidery, beading and sequins.

Ms. Hendrix sold her creations online and in boutiques locally and in New York and Los Angeles, where some of her work was being considered by Hollywood filmmakers, her friend and publicist Nancy Vaughn said. For a time, she had a studio in St. Petersburg.

Ms. Hendrix, 45, died of cancer on Wednesday (March 11, 2015). Said Vaughn: "She had a positive spirit."

To that end, she said, the designer requested that those attending a celebration of her life wear white, bright colors, even sequins.

A memorial for Ms. Hendrix will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Gallery at One Progress Plaza, 200 Central Ave.

Survivors include her children, Alex Hendrix-Usami and Isabella Hendrix Sanderson; her father, James Thomas Hendrix, and his wife, Diana; sisters Lynn Hendrix-Chupa and her husband, Chris Chupa, and Vicky Hendrix; her brother, Wade Hendrix; and PJ Eakins-Eagle, her birth mother. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Nell Hendrix, and her sister-in-law, Tonya Hendrix (Wade's wife).