Camper Together

A Model of Collaboration

Camper Together

Bernhard Willhem

Ulm, Germany 1972

Camper's affair with Bernhard Willhelm is a thrilling, enduring passion that never fails to produce designs which are out of the ordinary. Using anything from surfboards to an 80s look as inspiration, the designer comes up with ideas for groundbreaking footwear, and Camper eagerly rises to the challenge of materialising his concepts. Unbridled creativity and feats of technical prowess. Bernhard Willhelm says that he sees Camper "as an orange grove". For Camper, the artist is an evocative acid trip.

Provocative, fun, brazen, unpredictable, eclectic: pure genius. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, in 1988, Bernhard Willhelm worked as an assistant in the fashion firms of Walter van Beirendock, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Dirk Bikkembergs. In 1999 he created his own label with business partner Jutta Kraus. That same year he presented his first collection in Paris, where the team opened an office in 2002. Bernhard Willhelm is linked to the world of style and art, working with artists like Nick Knight and Björk, and he is a fixture in publications such as Flashart, Dazed & Confused, Fashion Daily News and Ten Magazine.