Camille K: Creating jewelry from passementerie.
For over 25 years, the founder of Camille K Carla Labat has been exploring and establishing relationships with vendors in the Marché aux Puces in Paris to find fragments, beaded trims and rhinestone paste treasures that represent people, places and eras. She has been featured in numerous publications including Vanity Fair, Vogue, Amica and Allure and has showrooms in California and New York.
Camille K’s Couture line is a costume jewelry collection created by hand from rare and exquisite 18th and 19th century vintage findings. Many elements have been sourced from Paris, and were originally made for the most celebrated maisons de couture. The attention to detail is ultimately what sets this line apart from all other costume jewelry lines because rarely do you find something truly one-of-a-kind that no one else has or will have. Each piece is made with rare textiles developed for Chanel when Coco began her career between the turn of the 19th century to the 1920s and 1930s. All these found at the Paris flea-market.
In her own words Labat says: “I have come to know the Paris Puces quite well after an early courtship and an enduring 27 year relationship. I am inspired beyond imagination with each visit – the ultimate in treasure hunting. These treasures travel home with me and become the jewels for Camille K Couture and the inspiration behind Camille K Collection. They carry stories and a history that makes them unique. Creating jewelry from passementerie labored over by skilled artisans from the past is my passion. To give them new lives is a way of honoring these artisans.”
The vintage-inspired collection captures the spirit of Camille K and is comprised of elements including maltese crosses, pyramid motifs, cuffs and bangles all cast in pewter and set with Swarovski crystals. Alternative materials contained in her pieces are Sterling silver, handmade clasps, paste rhinestones, -which are not produced these days anymore- and very rare to find antique high quality rock crystals from 18th century chandeliers. The combination of unique elements give a different vintage look that seems more authentic and intimate to wear by women and men.