Mallorca's most famous shoe brand at the London Design Museum
Camper shoes, Mallorca's most famous shoe brand, with its base in Inca and shops all over the world, will have its own exhibition from today, 13th May in London. The Design Museum's Life on Foot exhibition shows “how traditional shoemaking has been shaped by contemporary design and new technologies,” and “is the first exhibition on the maverick and much-loved Spanish footwear brand Camper.”
Opening up their archives to the public for the first time ever, Camper will show the whole design process of their quirky footwear from sketches to prototype products and through to the manufacturing process in (sorry, not Mallorca) the Far East. Also on view will be their non-conformist approach to marketing, advertising and shop design, which I'm sure you will agree if you've been into one of their retail outlets, is pretty unique.
To mark the exhibition and Camper's 40 year anniversary, two of its most famous interior designers, Brazilian brothers Humberto and Fernando Campana have come up with a limited edition shoe and bag concept. They've wrapped suede webbing around a pair of the iconic Pelotas shoes which have been going strong since 1985 and also created a matching bag so we can all get accessorised up!
Fittingly, the bag is mainly made from llatra – natural palm leaves – and woven in a technique used by Mallorcan country folk for hundreds of years. Even more fitting, when you learn that 'camper' means a country person in the Mallorcan language. Only ten pairs of the shoes and five bags will be available in the museum shop during the exhibition which runs until 1st November 2015.
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD
Opening Hours: Open daily 10:00 – 17:45, Last admission 17:15
Various ticket prices – see museum website
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