Camilla La Fleur grew up skiing her way to school in Norway, which is a far cry from the oceanside lifestyle she's currently embracing on Sydney's Northern Beaches...
The mother-of-two and founder of the fabulous new clothing range, UNIK SPACE, radiates light and ease in a way that feels both distinctly European and uniquely Australian. But to judge Camilla on her happy-go-lucky persona would be to underestimate this impressive businesswoman, who starts her days at 5am and often works well into the night so she can carve her working hours out around the lives of her children. Camilla’s approach to parenthood is also appropriately well-balanced. She is the first to admit that the constant worry that comes along with motherhood is a struggle, saying, “Having something so precious in life and knowing you will forever worry about them is a challenge.” But she is also equal parts optimistic and encouraging. “I hope that whatever they end up doing, that it will make them happy. I don’t think there is anything more important than that, and I will do anything I possibly can to guide them in the right direction.” We spoke to the beautiful Camilla about motherhood, Mother’s Day, and couldn’t resist asking for her styling tips across fashion and jewellery. Here’s what she had to say.
“ I always wear jewellery, and I never take it off unless I change it. Jewellery is a very personal statement and I like to wear mine layered. It can truly make an outfit stand out! ”
Camilla wears Pandora knotted hearts earring studs, $59; Pandora knotted heart bracelet, $149; Pandora knotted heart ring, $89; Pandora knotted hearts ring, $49; Pandora knotted hearts necklace, $349; UNIK SPACE dress, $320
Can you tell us how UNIK SPACE came to be? You started the fashion label with two friends who share similar ideals and style to you?
It all started with a conversation. As we’ve worked together for five years, we knew each other’s strengths and work ethics. It was a natural progression to start a project together. We each have our own unique style, and when we worked together, we would often choose the same pieces, but style them differently. We wanted to create a label that most women would be able to wear and style as they liked, with pieces that were timeless, non-fussy and unique. We wanted to provide to a specific niche, offering mindful luxury and an easy alternative to dress for the multi-tasking modern woman.
What's it like producing a fashion label as a joint effort? Do you all have clearly defined roles or work on everything collaboratively?
It works really well because we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. When we started the label it was a joint effort on most levels – now our roles are becoming more defined, but we always design together.