The Cam behind Cam ci Cam ça
Artist Camille Darde was born in Lyon, France to a mother and father who, she asserts with warmth, have incredible taste. She spent her childhood weekends on a fairy tale property owned by her Grandfather, a 12th century restored monastery outfitted with exquisite antique furniture and paintings. She recalls the property like a dream, understanding it was there where the first seed of her love for a timeless classic aesthetic and quality craftsmanship was planted. Camille also spent a lot of her time as a child alone in her room, making things. Many things. From a backpack made of paper, to hand-sewn skirts and dresses she declared “wearable clothes” in a confident effort to differentiate her designs from the costume playthings worn by her peers. She also developed a fascination with Egyptian hieroglyphs and graphics, which would later inform her love and creation of Art Deco inspired jewelry.
Despite her active imagination and artistic inclinations, Camille attended business school in the west of France. After graduating, she moved to Paris for five years where she sought out jobs linked in any way to fashion. With her newly acquired business acumen, she booked jobs in trend offices, lingerie trade shows, styling and set design, and eventually landed in the offices of Givenchy Haute Couture. While at first the proximity to such beautiful creations excited her, she eventually felt overwhelmed by her own creative restlessness, eager to step away from an office desk and get her hands on her own designs.
In 2008, love and the desire for a creative career change brought Camille to New York. For two years she juggled freelance jobs at trade shows and as a stylist, designer, and assistant to a top photography agency. In 2010, she stumbled into a jewelry wares shop in the garment district with a friend, and after that, everything changed. She immediately felt drawn to the materials and their potential, the creative fulfillment they promised by the inspiration they suddenly unearthed. As a freelance stylist and set designer, this was a new creative outlet that would enable her personal designs to come to life, worn and cherished by customers beyond a photo-shoot or set.
Before long, Camille was selling (and selling out of) her handmade jewelry at Brooklyn-based art fairs, where her booth and jewelry became a staple in the community for the following five years. In that five years, Camille learned new skills, found new materials, and carved out an original, inspired vision for her jewelry, drawing strong inspirations from the classic shapes and graphics of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco design movements. Her pieces are bold yet feminine, classic yet modern. Camille makes every piece by hand, devoted to a custom-made product with no inclination toward mass production. She wants each piece to feel as special to her customers as they do to her, and she wants the craftsmanship to reflect it.
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Camille Answers Your FAQs
- What materials do you use?
I use various materials. Most of my pieces are made from sterling silver or 14k gold-plated brass. The chains are all sterling silver or gold-filled. I also use vintage materials, and for one of my newest lines I’ve started working with lace.
- What draws you to the materials you use?
It starts with a crush. If I see something that I can make a necklace out of, I immediately want to buy it. But there’s also a lot of searching to find materials of good quality. I used to work at lingerie trade shows so I’ve always had a particular fascination with lace. More than anything though I’m drawn to uniqueness, both as a goal for my own jewelry designs and the materials I use to make them.
- What is your creative process?
My work is 100% designed by myself. I carve wax and then have it casted. Then comes the soldering and polishing work. Some pieces are only a combination of beads and vintage chains. The lace process is quite fastidious – it goes through different stages of hardening, drying, then several baths of electrolysis. It’s chemistry! The process really depends on whatever material I’m working with.
- Why is Art Deco such an inspiration to you?
I love everything about the aesthetic. I have always been fascinated by the drawings and fashion of the era since I was young. When I discovered more fashion illustrations as an adult, I was stunned by the beauty and modernity of all the shapes, graphics, patterns and lines. I also love that some shapes come straight from ancient Egypt. Regarding fashion, before Art Deco everything was so feminine, busy, fussy. Then the lines became pared down and simple. I feel like I could totally wear anything from that era now and still feel modern.
- How do you determine your prices?
All of my pieces are limited edition and one of kind. The price takes into account the materials used, the time needed to make each piece, and any external costs such as plating to gold.
- What is your return policy?
We accept refunds and exchanges. Our policy lasts 30 days after purchase. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging. Gift cards are not eligible for a refund.
- Where can I purchase your pieces?
You can purchase Cam ci Cam ça pieces online on our website, www.camcicamca.com, and in Brooklyn boutiques People of 2morrow and Berlyn 65.
- Do you take custom design requests?
I can definitely work with custom designs for special occasion such as weddings.
Hear From Our Charmed Customers
“I have been wearing Cam ci Cam ça jewelry since its very beginning, and I have been a loyal customer since then! Cam ci Cam ça’s jewelry has the elegance of vintage one-of-a-kind pieces combined with a cool edge and European craftsmanship. People always ask me where I got the pieces I wear from Cam ci cam ça. The details are refined and beautiful. I cannot wait to wear the new pieces from the lace collection. They are timeless and lovely – instant classics.”
“Camille Darde is my favorite jewelry designer. The Art Deco influence she draws from makes her collections both chic and timeless. I love that her work is hand crafted and can be worn casually or for more formal occasions. My favorite pieces that I own are her gold dipped French lace cuff bracelet and collar necklace from her current collection. They are truly unique creations which never go unnoticed!”
“I got a beautiful gold-plated and gemstone necklace two years ago which I adore and wear all the time. It looks the same as when I bought it, great material. It stands out from my other jewelry pieces and it totally fits my look. I got the black version last year for my mum. She doesn't leave it!”
“I love the eclectic inspirations found throughout Camille’s vast collection and the amount of details, dedication and fun she brings to Cam ci Cam ça. I particularly value how Camille shares stories about her manufacturing process, even some unfortunate (but unavoidable) production hiccups, and how she finds solutions and evolves her creative process in the most optimal way in order to accurately translate her vision. The service is remarkable, and her kindness and ‘joie de vivre’ make Cam ci Cam ça my favorite shopping destination, either for myself or for gifting.”