Founded in 2015 by a young graphic design teacher, Shandor is a fashion, decor and accessory company. They use colorful styles from Calvados in Normandy. The creator, Camille Fosse distinguishes her brand through different graphics, inspired by; modern art, international cinema and design. Her collections of pillowcovers and swaddles from organic cotton are made with great care from her workshop in Normandy.
5 questions to the designer
Who are you?
My name is Camille Fosse, I am 32 years old and I am originally from Normandy. I have had a passion for drawing since I was a kid, so I majored in arts at the University of Rennes to hone my skills and learn new techniques. In 2013, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. While I was looking for nice scarves to help her cover her head during chemotherapy, I came up with the idea of my own scarf brand. For me, scarves are the perfect medium to combine drawing and textile, and connect art and fashion, two worlds that I love and that complete each other very well. After adding a business certificate to my art degree, I created Shandor in 2015, almost at the same time as I was giving birth to my daughter.
Give us 3 words that describe your universe.
I’d say graphic, colorful and artistic!
Where do you get your inspiration?
My main sources are contemporary art and visual arts in general, but I can also draw inspiration from architectural lines, movie sets, children’s books, cityscapes, nature… Inspiration is everywhere! Since the beginning of the Shandor adventure, I have been very keen on the idea of working with artists and designers with whom I build my collections on a regular basis. The first collection was very floral, the last two were inspired by movie ambiances (Twin Peaks by David Lynch, Possession by Zulawski and Suspiria by Dario Argento), and the pop and art deco architecture of the MiMo district in Miami.
Where do you make your products?
Scarves are made near Lyon, a region that has a long-standing tradition of working with silk.
“Made in France”: why that choice?
I recently came back to live in Normandy, but before that I lived for seven years in a beautiful little village lost in the heart of the Limousin region. I was coming from a big city and I quickly came to realize the importance of the local economy that actually feeds a large portion of the inhabitants. This was a genuine awakening for me, and it completely changed my habits as a consumer, as it represents a real human and social added value that allows a region to maintain jobs while reducing its carbon footprint. It was thus essential to me – even more so in our current economical and environmental situation – to manufacture my products in a more controlled, more responsible environment, highlight craftsmanship and help my customers acquire the same type of awareness.