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  1. Camille and Kisan: Interview

    November 21st, 2014
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    CAMILLE EDDERA AT KISAN
    READ THE INTERVIEW WITH THE DESIGNER

    Camille Eddera at KISAN

    Designer Camille of Eddera Jewelry recently visited Kisan and shared some fascinating insights about her inspiration, process and the brand. Read the interview below.

    KISAN: What was your path to becoming a jewelry maker?
    Camille: My grand mother was a painter and my mother is a painter and a sculptor. I was always gifted with my hands. After I graduated from high school, I wanted to study at the Beaux Arts in Paris but my father was against this idea. I started to look around for creative careers that he would accept to consider. Fashion seemed too ephemeral but jewels and gems were appealing to me. I liked the idea that a jewel can be passed on from generation to generation. I applied to a jewelry school not knowing what I was getting into. Working metal is very humbling. You're an artisan. Your work has to be perfect, flawless. You have to pay attention at every step. Just like theater, you only get one shot. If you file a bit too much, if you heat your piece up a bit too much, it crumbles like a house of cards. All the techniques we use to make a piece of jewelry date from Ancient Egypt. Nothing has changed at all! I love to think that I sit behind my bench and do the same exact thing that someone did over 2000 years ago. In the Middle Ages it was said that jewelers were wizards or sorcerers. The life expectancy for a man was 30 y.o., and jewelers would often make it to their sixties! The reason is that they were inhaling silver dust on a daily basis, which is very good for your health! All these myths and trivia were very appealing to me.

    camille in India

    KISAN: Can you speak more about the craftsmanship that goes into producing Eddera Jewelry? You make regular trips to India and your connection with the makers is absolutely fascinating.
    Camille: I select all the stones myself and I develop the samples over there [India]. I work closely with a team of Indian jewelers. When I first showed up, they assumed I was yet another "jewelry designer" from the West who knew nothing about jewelry making. We were having our first meeting and I asked them to modify a ring with a big diamond it the center. They didn't want to make the change and pretended that this change was impossible. I insisted and told them I knew it was doable. "We promise you, it is impossible". I was getting a bit mad so I said "ok. Let's bet. I am going to sit at the bench and I will make the change myself. And if I succeed, then you have to offer me the ring." They looked at each others, a bit put off. They thought I was bluffing. So I sat at the bench and picked up the tools I needed to work on the ring. They stopped me and laughed. "Ok, fine, we'll make the changes." You can tell if someone know what they're doing just by the way they pick up certain tools. They realized I was not bluffing at all and they had no desire to let me go with this big diamond for free!
    It did change our relationship for the better. I'm part of the clan and they have so much respect for me, which is hard to get for a white woman from the West. Indians have such an amazing sense of jewelry - almost a sixth sense. Men and women love jewels so much over there. They're real artists. I find everything inspiring in India - the colors so bright and vibrant, the architecture, the bazaars, the animals walking freely in the street.

    Eddera Jewelry

    KISAN: What do you like about Kisan and how do you think your product fits and connects with the store?
    Camille: There is a philosophy to Kisan's choices. It's about a lifestyle, about a culture. It's subtle, understated, personal, and yet luxurious. It's not about being flashy and piling up brand names. Kisan focuses more on timeless fashion than the latest trend. I love all the brands there. There's a story behind each of them. It is a refreshing approach to luxury and what it is and should be. It's all about the details.

    KISAN: What kind of woman do you see wearing Eddera Jewelry?
    Camille: Honestly, I know Eddera appeals to all ages and that makes me so happy. There are only few brands that can claim to be worn by mothers and daughters.

    Camille Quote

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  2. Wed, Nov 19th: Book Signing with Mimi Thorisson

    November 12th, 2014
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    BOOK SIGNING WITH MIMI THORISSON AT KISAN
    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, 6 TO 7:30 PM

    Join us on Wednesday, November 19th, from 6 to 7:30 PM at Kisan for a book signing with Mimi Thorisson. A KITCHEN IN FRANCE, A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse, published by Clarkson Potter, comes on the heels of Thorisson’s French cooking show “La Table de Mimi”, both based on her lifestyle blog Manger. It’s a celebration of beautiful cuisine and all things family, which the author joyfully shares with the readers.

    Enjoy a glass of sparkling and canapés kindly provided by Café Paulette.  

    Books for signing must be purchased at Kisan store.

    Mimi Thorisson
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