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I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet was a clothing boutique which achieved a period of fame in 1960s Swinging London by promoting antique military uniforms as fashion items.

It was founded by Jimmy Connors, owned by Ian Fisk and run by Robert Orbach. The original store opened in 1964 at 293 Portobello Road in London's Notting Hill. Due to its great popularity throughout 1966 and 1967 new stores opened on the Kings Road and Carnaby Court off Carnaby Street.

It was a favourite store of Jimi Hendrix who purchased his iconic braided military coat there. Other celebrities that frequented the shops were Eric Clapton, The Beatles and The Who. Peter Blake who designed The Beatles Sergeant Peppers album cover said that he got the idea while walking past the shop.

A popular song of 1966, taken from the name of the shop, was I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet by The New Vaudeville Band.



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