Founded in 1975 in Mallorca, Camper has since been reinventing classic concepts of shoes with comfort being at their core, and their devotees are global. Rooted in the brand is a Spanish joie de vivre – perhaps reflected by the fact that they have a working, organic farm at their HQ – and their original designs incorporate a desire to walk, not run, in life. In 2015, they took this ideology a step further and launched CAMPERLAB; a more experimental offshoot as seen by first Creative Director Romain Kremer, and now Achilles Ion Gabriel takes the reigns.

Today, his first collection of CAMPERLAB shoes drop online before hitting stores next week around the world. A few steps away from the 'Pelotas' shoes that Camper were originally known for, on offer is a mix of square-toed flip-flops with memory foam straps to heels with an elongating knot poking out of the toe. He brings to the brand his architectural design ethos that he honed through his own eponymous label, where he makes shoes inspired by his Finish, Swedish and Russian roots.

The CAMPERLAB Paris Showroom, taken in February where Achilles first presented this collection.

For Autumn/Winter, Achilles reaches deep into Camper's Mallorcan heritage, working with a colour palette that surely mirrors the sunsets, autumnal change of leaves on the Spanish rural pathways and the delicious sunlight found by the factories. Even his refurbished Parisian studio and showroom is furnished with his vision in mind. 

If this first collection is anything to go by, we can't wait to see more of Achilles' heels.

You can shop the new CAMPERLAB collection HERE.

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