Spanish footwear brand Camper has a long family history of shoemaking that starts with a trip to London, making Regent Street the perfect home for a store. Back in 1877, Antonio Fluxa, a cobbler by trade and the grandfather of Camper’s founder Lorenzo Fluxa, travelled to the UK and felt inspired by the boom in innovation that was happening at that time. He brought back the first ever sewing machines to his island home of Mallorca and worked on his trade, passing it down for generations. The brand was officially founded in 1975 but still embodied that spirit of traditional craftsmanship with ingenuity and modernism.
Today the brand produces around 500 styles every season, each one created by a dedicated team still based in Mallorca. They specialise in smart casual styles and cater to men, women and children. Some of their iconic creations include the “Twins” collection of matching but non-identical pairs, the Wabi slipper, inspired by Japanese minimalism, and the lightweight Beetle trainer with elastic laces.
Camper is also known for unique store concepts designed in partnership with some of the world’s greatest creative minds and the Regent Street branch is no exception. Imagined by artist and designer Tokujin Yoshioka, the entire length of one wall is covered in folded artificial suede in the brand’s signature red, creating a petal-like appearance. Sit back in one of the “bouquet chairs”, also created by Yoshioka with the same folded suede effect, and slip on a new pair of shoes.