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This year, Camille K celebrates its 20th birthday! In 1995, we began creating one-of-a-kind jewelry designed around the treasures we discovered in the Paris flea markets. Over the years, our inspiration list has grown to include New York and it’s Art Deco buildings as well as the gorgeous jewel-toned colors of Santa Barbara.  Since it’s fun to reminisce, we’re taking a look at some of the things we found to inspire our jewelry and some of our favorite pieces, past and present.


Vintage Findings 

Browsing the Paris flea markets in the 1990s provided us with plenty of inspiration. This is a salesman sample card featuring some of the treasures we found.



Couture Brooch

This is a gorgeous brooch made from 18th century gold bullion trim and embellished with a vintage rhinestone bird from the 1950’s. This is a special piece we made early on.



Couture Bullion Necklace

Our goal has always been to combine the old with the new, creating a vintage look perfect for the contemporary woman. This statement necklace is handmade from many vintage gold bullion balls combined with modern brass chain.


Couture Butterfly Cuff

This is one of the pieces that started it all: a vintage 1950s rhinestone butterfly mounted on a brass cuff. The couture cuff could have sold many times over and inspired the official launch into manufacturing for Camille K.



Couture Earrings in Progress

These couture earrings were created from the gorgeous findings of the Paris Flea Market.



Carla Before A Show Begins

In the beginning, we sold our jewelry only during private showings. Promoted mainly by word of mouth, the small groups of friends and acquaintances started our tradition of informal modeling to present our one-of-a-kind collections. We called our collections, Mademoiselle Camille.



Couture Portrait Collar

The portrait collar is both serious and playful and happens to be a personal favorite of Carla, Camille K’s designer. The focus, a child’s black and white appliqué, is framed by vintage 19th century gold bullion trim from France. Carla keeps one of these handmade couture collars for herself, but there is one more available for the right person!



Couture Bow

You’ve got to love a bow that was made for Chanel! This appliqué  was created by a company that originated in the late 1800’s and that furnished trims to many Parisian Haute Couture houses.



White Couture Beaded Collar

This sophisticated collar was sold to a very elegant customer. It consists of layers of a very special French beaded trim.


Couture Statement Necklace

This necklace is composed of many hand-beaded medallions. It remains in the archives and ventures out for parties from time to time!



Couture Rock Crystal Necklace

We have a special source for vintage rock chandelier crystals in Paris and spend hours going through the cache of the most beautiful crystals to create one-of-a-kind statement pieces like this.



Handmade Couture Crosses

We once had an artisan working for us who made these bold and beautiful crosses from our exclusive patterns. The bezels were filled with vintage rhinestone paste buttons.



Before the Runway Show Begins

As our audience began to grow, we started doing runway shows. This shot is from one of our first shows. Camille K jewelry was paired with clothing from New York City’s Albright Fashion Library.




Camille Katherine is the daughter of our founder and designer, Carla. It is her name that graces our brand.



Camille Cuff

In 2010, Camille K began manufacturing for the first time in Los Angeles. It was a big step for us, but we jumped in and learned as we went. When you are passionate about something, you’re much more willing to go for it without knowing where you’re headed.


Flower Collar

This was one of our first statement collars, cast from a vintage Parisian flower appliqué. We tied it with a grosgrain ribbon to keep the look fresh.


Biltmore Cuff

After a couple of years of hard work, a few mistakes, a lot of research and a little bit of luck, we found the right manufacturer in New York City. This cuff, named after the Santa Barbara Biltmore, was one of the first pieces manufactured in NYC.



Collection Rings

Confession: we are really, really into rings! These are a few of our favorites from our current collection. Carla is very proud of them and loves to wear them all (just not at the same time)!



Miramar Cuff

In our couture collection, we created a series of cuffs and neckpieces incorporating real turban shells. The Miramar series was born from Carla’s love of shells—having been born in a beach town, that love was a given.



Lucky Cuff

Named after Lucky’s Restaurant in Montecito, California, this cuff has seven Swarovski pearls in its design—and we all know about the lucky number seven!  Anyone who wants to feel lucky needs this cuff!


We are so grateful to our Camille K Family for the past 20 years and can’t wait to see where the next 20 take us!


















With the 2015 holiday shopping season in full swing, finding the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones is a full time job. If you’re hoping to win the award for “most creative gift”, nothing beats a boutique. Boutiques tend to offer more individuality and diversity since their products are hand-selected by the owners or a small team. Plus, it’s always lovely to give a gift with a backstory. 

Our country is home to some of the most beautiful boutiques that carry exclusive merchandise from hard to find designers and brands. The shops on our list make us wish teleportation were possible so we could browse them all in one day.


Moondance Jewelry
1530 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Moondance was voted one of America’s Coolest Stores by InStore Magazine for a reason. Inside you’ll find one of the most comprehensive selections of accessories, including modern staples, classic favorites and some affordable stylish pieces. The accessories-only store attracts everyone from tourists to locals and celebrities.



15 East Hurron Street
Chicago, IL 60611 

This windy city boutique may have been put on the map in 2008 when Michelle Obama turned to owner Ikram Goldman as her personal (albeit unofficial) fashion advisor, but Chicago fashionistas have long relied on this high end women’s boutique for a tightly edited selection of American, European and Japanese designers juxtaposed with vintage clothing and accessories handpicked by Goldman herself.



Maryam Nassir Zadeh
123 Norfolk St.
New York, NY 10002

New York is such an incredible shopping mecca, especially for indie boutiques. Maryam Nassir Zadeh is on the Lower East Side and features avant-garde pieces selected with a gallerist’s attention to detail. This is where you come when you want to find something truly unique.



1109 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

This stunning luxury boutique has a minimalist vibe and embodies art, fashion, architecture and culture. Alchemist carries the finer things in life, and it’s worth going for the visual appeal alone—it won an award for Best Interior Space in the Country from the American Institute of Architecture.



Kirna Zabete
477 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013

Described as “The high-fashion equivalent of a candy store—colorful, tempting and addictive.” by T Magazine, Kirna Zabete is a “must see” when in the big apple. Founded 15 years ago by Sarah Easley (nickname Kirna) and Beth Buccini (nickname Zabete) the Soho boutique has been hailed by every major magazine and it’s no wonder why. Their roster of designer is both impressive and eclectic. Mainstays include Celine, Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney. Fresh faces such as Shrimps and Racil are interspersed through the racks and jewelry brands such as Tatiana Verstraeten and Elsie Dray perfectly accessorize any look. They even offer paintings by artist Ashley Longshore.  



Aline Boutique
5375 Landmark Place
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

This fashion-forward Colorado boutique has been acknowledged by the likes of Lucky and Elle Magazine for its fabulous outfits and accessories. Owner Karmen Berensten and her team specialize in creating a red carpet experience. Whether that be personal styling, free tailoring or opening the store at midnight, they’ll do just about anything for their busy clientele.



Les Mechantes
900 North Point Suite E101
San Francisco, CA 94109 

It was only one a little over a year ago that owners Delores Arabian, Ashley Arabian and Kathleen Ensign came up with the vision (and name) for Les Mechantes at Paris Fashion Week. Within a year’s time, the store that started strictly as an e-tailer opened its brick and mortar doors at The Yard at Mission Rock. Both the store and website sell the brand’s namesake collection of caftans, as well as a curated collection of ethical brands, with an emphasis on local designers.



Forty Five Ten
4510 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

Named after its McKinney Avenue address, Forty Five Ten has become the shopping destination for Dallas’ best dressed. The one stop shop carries all the best, from Pierre Hardy to Proenza Schouler and Azzedine Alaia to Jil Sander. The 8,000 square foot store is a work of art in it of itself—it’s housed in a historic building.



Jeffrey NYC
449 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014 

Don’t let this showroom-style boutique fool you. Housed in an old loft warehouse, this mini department store is happy to have its customer use the space as a place to hang out. While Jeffrey New York carries staple luxury designers, such as Prada and Saint Lauren, the store also encourages clients to take a walk on the wild side and step outside their comfort zone with labels like Coperni and Paskal. Getting married? Make sure to check out their bridal-only shoe section.



2241 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Newport Beach is home to Haute Couture in a relaxed, no-pressure, no-pretense setting. Just like the power fashion families of Europe and Italy, the family behind A’MAREE’S has built the tiny boutique into a high fashion force unparalleled in America. A West Coast institution since the early 1970’s, Mother Nancy, daughters Apryl, Denise and Dawn approach high fashion buying with one unifying mission…you.



Allora by Laura
1269 Coast Village Rd
Montecito, CA 93108

The former Creative Director for Antoinette in Montecito began her career in 1984 where she honed her skills merchandising and selling European designer clothing including the most important collections of the day. Working with the Versace and Dolce & Gabbana collections of the 1980's to the current fashion houses of Etro, Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Margiela and more, Laura has been dressing stylish women, and introducing premier designers to Santa Barbara for over 25 years.

Forward by Elyse Walker is a partnership between e-tail giant Revolve Clothing and Los Angeles boutique owner, Elyse Walker that has been described as an edgier Netaporter. For years, a “who’s who” of clientele have flocked to Walker’s Pacific Palisades boutique for her racks of carefully curated merchandise that is both classic and edgy with an LA twist. The site features the world’s most illustrious designers, such as Givenchy and Balenciaga, juxtaposed with up and comers such as Carisa Rene and The Perfext, which also happens to be Walker’s own line.

In the fashion jewelry industry, everyone has their sources of inspiration, and many times it comes from other designers. With the abundance of current fashion and accessories blogs, we don’t have to look far! While there are many wonderful style blogs to choose from, today we’d like to recognize a few of our favorites. Whether you’re looking to launch your own company, a personal blog or you just enjoy keeping up on current trends, these sites have everything you need to be inspired.


The Coveteur

Between its clean, beautiful layout and easy to read side menu, you won’t have any trouble navigating around this site. Stephanie Mark, Jake Rosenburg and Erin Kleinburg launched The Coveteur in 2011 and now have an entire team dedicated to keeping it running. We love The Coveteur’s ability to blend style, travel ,health and wellness and arts and culture. 

Tip: Keep checking the right sidebar of the homepage for a beautiful list of “What We Want Right Now.”



Cupcakes and Cashmere

Cat-loving, LA-living new mother Emily Schuman has great style and excellent taste. After a rewarding career in media, she launched Cupcakes and Cashmere as a way to document the things she loves. Seven years and one book later, the site is going strong. This blog is your “one-stop-shopping” access to fashion finds, beauty tips, recipes and DIY projects. She’ll even show you how to decorate for the holidays and shop estate sales. 

Tip: Hit the series section for more personal posts and links to her favorite things.


Who What Wear 

This classic style blog is easy to navigate and updated often. Better yet, it’s broken down into types of fashion, allowing you to narrow your search options. With categories like Celebrity Style, Outfit Ideas and How To, this site is a good basic option for anyone wanting to learn more about the fashion industry.

Tip: Explore the Accessories section for the latest trends and inspiration for new ways to wear your favorite Camille K gold earrings for women and unique gold rings for women. 



Damsel in Dior

No distress here! Damsel in Dior was created by editor Jacey Duprie and combines all of her passions: style, travel, interior design and more personal lifestyle posts. There’s even a Shop section where readers can purchase clothing and accessories they’ve seen on the site. 

Tip: One of our favorite posts is titled September in Paris for obvious reasons.



Snob Essentials

“Snob” is not necessarily a negative word, at least not here. This site has a whole team of “snobs” who comb the world for the best bags, shoes, beauty products, jewelry, wine, and anything else you can think of that may require a connoisseur. This is an excellent resource if you’re shopping for something new and want credible reviews and recommendations. 

Tip: Anyone with little ones (or anyone who shops for them) should check out the Tot Snob section. From nursery decor to party ideas, they’ve got a great selection of posts.


Mode and the City 

It’s no secret that we love Paris and Parisian things. Many Camille K pieces were inspired by trips to the City of Lights. The editor, Daphne, is a 26-year-old Paris transplant with an eye for style, beauty and sweet and savory food. The blog is in French, but Google easily translates it.

Tip: Check out the weekly post “Five Small Things” for a more personal look into Daphne’s preferences. It’s a great way to discover new brands, trip ideas and decorative items.


Trop Rouge 

It’s tough not to be a little envious of Christina Caradona’s life. From her modeling work with Target to her striking personal style, she seems to have it made, especially online. This is a great go-to guide for outfit inspiration.

Tip: Follow Trop Rouge on Instagram for some behind-the-scenes photos of Christina’s cosmopolitan life.



Brooklyn Blonde 

Brooklyn Blonde is Helena Glazer’s baby, and it’s entirely too easy to spend several hours browsing her posts. From outfit inspiration to beauty tips to special moments from her own wedding, the images alone are enough to keep anyone coming back. But don’t get so lost in the photos that you skip the written content, because Helena is a great writer. 

Tip: Before your next trip to NYC, check out her New York City section for recommendations on places to eat, drink and be merry.



The Paris Apartment 

You have to respect and admire someone who turned her passion for decorating and Parisian flea markets into an East Village store and a book. For anyone who loves Parisian style, Claudia’s blog is a must-read.

Tip: Visit this site and take a look at some of the beautiful things found in Claudia’s boutique.


Barock and Roll

We simply can’t get enough of French fashion. Barock’s Instagram account is filled with travel photos and food, and her blog is all about outfit inspiration. 

Tip: Look carefully at Barock’s photos on the blog—she is outstanding at accessorizing.