when i heard of the collaboration between bernhard willhelm and camper i was under the assumption that camper's online store would sell the sandals. well tough luck, it seems they didn't for a while. therefore, one of my goals was to find the sandals during my trip to london knowing that at least there they'd be available.
later the willhelm collab was online. although i am no newbie to the internets the camper website feels difficult to access and finding everything is a hassle, there still isn't but a fraction of the line available.
little did i know when i started my search offline. the exclusivity of the collaboration surprised me. we're used to not having access to limited edition lines here in finland, but i was not prepared to run into problems in one of the fashion capitals of the world. sure, things sell out and there are waiting lists, but the fact that entire lines are not available anywhere strikes me as unbelievable.
their website was unsurprisingly uninformative on the matter which is freakin' annoying and frustrating: there are no lists of retailers anywhere. i finally found out that a single camper store on kings road carried the line, and even there the selection was very limited. that is, they had two styles of sandals. moreover, it was extremely difficult to find if there were additional locations in london and the otherwise helpful people at camper had no idea.
luckily the store had one of the styles i had in mind and i got my flatties for summer. they're bright baby pink, soft leather and like bubble-gum sweetness on my feet.
now we only need some warm weather in finland...
there are still some available in black at opening ceremony online store. i saw some high-heeled ones at my o my in helsinki, as well. until camper gets its online act together (pun intended), i recommend supporting yer local store.