Achilles Ion Gabriel Is Serving Up a Surreal SS22 Collection for CAMPERLAB

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Vintage Coat and Skirt from Kalimera. Vintage Blazer from No Standing. Vintage Tie from Screaming Mimi’s. Sunglasses from Selima Optique. Shoes by Camper.

If there’s anything we don’t need this spring, it’s another collection of boring, all-black accessories. Enter CAMPERLAB, the intrepid sub-brand of Camper, responsible for bringing playful, surrealist-inspired footwear into the mainstream. For Spring/Summer ’22, Creative Director Achilles Ion Gabriel dropped CAMPERLAB’s first entirely unisex line of shoes and accessories, a colorful collection of bold footwear for the sartorially adventurous. Standout pieces include daring hot pink and black cowboy print boots fit for pop-punk royalty, and CAMPERLAB’s classic Traktori shoe reimagined in a new, red-hot colorway. To mark the occasion, we had the award-winning Finnish designer answer Andy Warhol’s favorite questions, and dish on his love of disco-showers, day-dreaming, and huge coats.


ANDY WARHOL: Do you dream?

ACHILLES ION GABRIEL: I dream a lot, both while sleeping and daydreaming. It is my favorite thing in the world.

WARHOL: Showers or baths?

GABRIEL: I love taking disco-showers, I put music on maximum, sing along, and dance under hot water.

WARHOL: Is there anything you regret not doing?

GABRIEL: Yes. I regret I didn’t have more lovers.

WARHOL: What was your first job?

GABRIEL: I cleaned toilets in a wood-processing factory.

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Vintage Coat, Shirt and Skirt from Kalimera. Vintage Bag from Screaming Mimi’s. Sunglasses by Elisa Johnson. Earrings by New Top. Shoes by Camper.

WARHOL: When do you get nervous?

GABRIEL: Dealing with close-minded and/or right-wing people. 

WARHOL: Why can’t it just be magic all the time?

GABRIEL: We need rollercoasters in life to feel the ups and downs. If it was the same all the time I would jump off a roof.

WARHOL: What did you have for breakfast?

GABRIEL: Two cups of coffee and five cigarettes.

WARHOL: What are you reading right now?

GABRIEL: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

WARHOL: Where do you dance?

GABRIEL: In the shower, obviously.

WARHOL: Who’s your dream date?

Vintage Shirt and Jeans from Kalimera. Glasses from Selima Optique. Shoes by Camper. Vintage Ferragamo Blazer Stylist’s Own.

GABRIEL: Joanna Lumley, Glenn Close, Christine Baranski, or Rossy de Palma.

WARHOL: What do you think about love?

GABRIEL: I love love, it’s magical ups and downs. I’m always ready for more. 

WARHOL: What’s the craziest thing a fan has sent you?

GABRIEL: Underwear.

WARHOL: What is one beauty secret you can share with us?

GABRIEL: Ugly is beautiful. Beauty is a bit too mainstream for me.

WARHOL: What’s your favorite movie?

GABRIEL: Orlando.

WARHOL: Are you interested in furniture?

GABRIEL: I’m obsessed with it. Especially uncomfortable furniture.

WARHOL: What kind of clothes do you like?

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Vintage Coat from Kalimera. Glasses by Elisa Johnson. Vintage Clutch from Screaming Mimi’s. Shoes by Camper.

GABRIEL: I like to wear something that is opposite of sexy, like colorful, loose-fitting stuff. My favorite item of clothing is a huge coat.

WARHOL: Do you have a TV?

GABRIEL: I don’t own one. 

WARHOL: How were you discovered?

GABRIEL: Was I at one point? I didn’t notice.

WARHOL: Would you ever marry one of your fans?

GABRIEL: I hope my boyfriend is a fan of mine, in which case I would say yes.

WARHOL: What are your beauty secrets?


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Lindsay (right) Vintage Coat from Kalimera. Gloves by Wing & Weft. Sunglasses from Selima Optique. Shoes by Camper.

WARHOL: What do you love about New York City?

GABRIEL: The people. They couldn’t be more opposite from where I grew up in the middle of nowhere. Everyone is so polite and nonintrusive. 

WARHOL: Do you think Americans have good taste?

GABRIEL: If you have to ask, you know the answer.

WARHOL: Do you keep a diary?

GABRIEL: I don’t. I would be scared someone would get their hands on it.

WARHOL: What are you most proud of?

GABRIEL: I think I am very fair person.

WARHOL: Do you get eight hours a night?

GABRIEL: Not even close to that. 

WARHOL: How many hotels have you been kicked out of?

GABRIEL: As far as I remember, just one.

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