Lily Kamper has experienced a stellar rise since launching her eponymous brand in 2012, being stocked in Liberty and being asked to show her collection at Milan Fashion Week’s Vogue Talents Corner event by none-other than Vogue Italia’s world-famous editor Franca Sozzani.
Her collections juxtapose unexpected materials to create rich textures and vibrant colourways. She uses Corian, a material traditionally used in kitchen work surfaces, and Perspex which has been dip dyed and turned by hand on a lathe to create her unique architectural aesthetic.
Her artistic influences feed clearly into her work, and she cites artists Peter Alexander and Dan Flavin, as well as architects Ricardo Bofil and Carlo Scarpa, as her biggest creative inspirations.
Speaking about her working method, Lily says: “I love researching and spend a lot of time putting together mood boards for the collections combining architectural images, colour palettes, textures and anything I find inspiring — from pictures of stairways to exotic palm houses.”
Her collections are led by colour and material and after sketching various shapes and constructions she then plays with the different combinations until she is happy with the outcome. “I love colour and I always try and work with a really small colour palette but I can’t help but keep adding more,” she adds.
Launching her own label has been a steep learning curve, but Lily says she has had some “amazing support” from the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) and the Designer-Manufacturer Innovation Support Centre (DISC).
“It has been challenging to try and balance being a designer and business person, developing new ideas while working on creating a successful and sustainable business and also hand making each and every piece of jewellery,” she explains. Luckily for Lily, it appears all of her hard work is having the most desired effect.
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