Which are the main traits of the CAMILLA AND MARC woman? ̋
The CAMILLA AND MARC woman carries with her a sense of strength, confidence, authenticity and integrity.
Sensual and feminine, yet strong and forthright, she shapes our de- finition of what it means to be a woman today. ̋
Her look is elegant, effortless and timeless with an edge that radiants classic cool. Her wardrobe consists of rich fabrications,
classic sha- pes and easy femininity, mixed with masculine tailoring, androgy- nous suiting and elevated streetwear that pays
homage to statement making simplicity. ̋
Her innate sense of style is a reflection of her appreciation for luxury and design. She is a woman of substance, drawing on
her love of travel, culture, art, design to express herself. There is an understand sexiness to her; whether she is dressed in a
tailored suit or a feminine evening dress, she radiates sensuality and confidence. ̋
Fearless. Timeless. Effortless. This is how I would describe the CA- MILLA AND MARC woman. ̋
Can you talk a bit about your childhood and growing up as si- blings with Marc?
For as long as I can remember, Marc and I have always been incre- dibly close. We have an intuitive way of knowing how the
other is feeling – we're very interconnected in that way. The trust, honesty and love we share is very special to me, I cherish it.
He is my lifelong partner in crime – I never grow tired of our relationship. ̋
How did your relationship as siblings affect and shape the way you create clothing? How did you come up with the
idea of or come about creating clothing together?
Having an innate understanding and trust of one another is so impor- tant from both a creative and business perspective. It
allows for radical transparency which creates a strong foundation for the business. Above and beyond that, we share a
common purpose in knowing that what we do isn't just about selling clothes, it's about inspiring women to connect with her
own confidence, beauty and sense of self through design and the quality of the clothing we create. It's about caring deeply for
the women who wear our clothing. ̋
Was there a specific moment when you knew you wanted to become fashion designers, or has it always been part of
your intentions? My grandmother very early on inspired me sartorially speaking, and sparked a curiosity in me. ̋
I've always been very aware of the connection between how a wo- man feels, her sense of dress and what she projects to the
world. It's a driving force for me and the inspiration behind most of the CAMILLA AND MARC collections. ̋
I couldn't say there was one distinct moment where I knew I wanted to be a designer, but when I was 11, I handmade a silk
taffeta black pencil skirt with a blue top-stitch that I made on a domestic sewing machine at my family’s kitchen table. ̋
What is the main source of inspiration in your life? ̋
It's a big question and difficult to point to one main source, but my greatest source of truth, and one that is the foundation for
my crea- tivity, is the love I share for my children, my husband and my wider family. Love is always the starting point and
everything else just flows. ̋
Do you have a favorite pattern? And are there any fashion tech- niques that belong to your vision more than others?
Tailoring is absolutely the cornerstone of the CAMILLA AND MARC brand and lies at the centre of my vision. I completed my
masters at the Accademia Italiana Arte Moda in Florence, Italy and it was there that I developed a love of cutting, fitting,
finishing and European fabrications. ̋
My training also ignited a desire in me to create timeless, elegant forever pieces that stand the test of time. What makes a
piece truly special is the carefully considered design details, the craftsmanship, the way an item feels when you wear it. ̋
It's very difficult for me to single out items of clothing, but a classi- cally cut, black blazer will always have a place in our atelier
and in my wardrobe. ̋
Are you planning to design menswear? ̋
Never say never. ̋
Who is your biggest icon of our time? ̋
Either my grandmother or Mick Jagger. ̋
In May 2018 you opened MBFWA for the label's 15th anniver- sary. How was that experience?
It was an honor and a beautiful time of confirmation and reflection. This year we have appreciated our journey, our story, what
we've learnt along the way. There have been so many amazing moments that have defined where we are today – we feel very
fortunate that we now have the space, time and learnings to take us into the future. ̋
Is there a designer of the past that changed the way you percei- ved fashion when you were students?
It was always the female designers that paved the way for sparking a movement, or a new direction for women that inspired
me and shifted my perception of fashion. There's a few – Gabrielle Chanel, Elsa Schia- parelli, Mary Quant, Vivienne
Westwood, the list really does go on. ̋
CAMILLA AND MARC expansion plans: upcoming projects for the brand?
Right now, we're focused on international expansion, particularly in the US. It's a very exciting time for the brand. Creatively,
we're very focused on collaborating with like-minded teams that share our vision of empowering women through design.
Watch this space! ̋
Who would you feature on the next cover of ODDA? A woman who represents inclusivity. ̋