Georgina Heffernan catches up with Camille Ingoldsby to discuss shopping, celebrities and the hot new label Stop Staring.
GH: When first did you open Camille boutique?
CI: We opened Camille Boutique in December 2010 because we found a noise in the market for outfits for special occasions that weren’t by from the usual high street labels - that's where we fit in.
GH: Did you always want to work in fashion?
CI: Yes, I can remember what colour dress I wore when I was four! My Mom designed and made all our clothes, when I was growing up, and this was what inspired me to follow a career in fashion; she was amazing.
GH: You stock the celebrities favourite brand Stop Staring. How did that come about?
CI: I researched vintage labels on the internet and I was delighted to find the Stop Staring label from America, the rest is history! We are one of the top stockists in Ireland and we carry the best selection of these dresses.
GH: I hear the label has a big celebrity following - what stars are wearing the brand?
CI: Kim Kardashian and Cameron Diaz are big fans. Closer to home the dresses are being worn by many Irish stars including Kathryn Thomas, Miriam O'Callaghan, Amanda Brunker, Sinead Desmond, Vogue Williams, Holly Carpenter and many more.
GH: Who is your favourite Irish celebrity to dress and why?
CI: Kathryn Thomas is wonderful. She has a pear shape body she is so toned but she has great curves - these style dresses suit curvy ladies.
GH: You're clearly a fan of fashion. Do you enjoy experimenting with your look?
CI: Yes, I love mixing and matching and will try different styles, accessories are the key too. I always tell customers if I have seen something nice in the high street, for instance, Penny's have a box jacket for €15 at the moment and I could not beat that! We offer something unique for our customers and our pieces are timeless and re-wearable - after all this recession has effected everyone.
GH: Who is your fashion icon or your greatest influence in matters of style?
CI: My Mom is the most inspiring person to me she designed all of her clothes when she was younger she looked just like Grace Kelly. I also love the real classic looks of Grace Kelly, Jackie Onasis and Victoria Beckham - I would say she is inspiring to me because she believe in her dream and followed through.
GH: What's your signature accessory?
CI: A big burgundy diamond ring with crystals it looks amazing for night time.
GH: Camille boutique has been listed as one of the top five boutiques in Ireland. What, do you think, makes the store so popular among fashion fans?
CI: We offer our customers the latest labels, we travel to source the best labels we want to offer our customers something really unique. We always try to find a customer something that looks good on them to enhance their figure. A happy customer is the best advertisement we can get most of our new customers have been referred to us by their friends we have over 1,000 refferals to date.
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