Can another person be your spirit animal? Because if that's the case, we think we may have found one in Camilla Staerk. The Danish-born, New York-dwelling designer's website describes her as an artist "with a downtown base who refined her tough-girl aesthetic by treating leather in a way that was both sleek and elegant." Approaching design from the standpoint of a sophisticated badass is a goal we strive for every single day.
Staerk has been a pantheon of all things cool from the get-go: after training at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in London, her creations for her graduate fashion show were picked up by boutiques in both London and Paris, and were heralded by British Vogue. Professionally, she got her start when she modeled for NYLON and mag's co-founder Helena Christensen became so enamored with Staerk and her aesthetic she helped create Staerk's first look book on the streets of Prague. Since then, Staerk has shown collections at New York Fashion Week, she's won the British Fashion Council’s Newgen Award, and she and Christensen even teamed up to launch a jewelry line together for Danish line Skagen.
Aside from all that: she has a capsule decor line. It's only a few pieces, but each one is meticulous perfection. Here's a visual.
THE SIGNATURE OVERSIZE BAG. It's our three favorite design adjectives: Black, sleek, and simple.
THE BLIXEN RUG. If it reminds you of a cowhide, it should. The design was inspired by Danish writer Karen Blixen and her novel "Out of Africa."
THE PUTMAN BODY. Why we love this: When you're wearing a bathing suit made of lacquered alligator, no one is going to care about the status of your beach bod.
If anyone out there can introduce us to Staerk, we promise to be your friend for life.