Indie-Cat, an attractive shop on rue Leschot in Geneva, gives you the illusion of being teleported to London.

You’ll feel close to Betty Boop, a rockier version, immersed in the house of a beautiful burlesque pin-up. Camille, a charming artisan with an artist’s soul, created her inner world. Trained as a fashion designer, she first launched a clothing line for men in Paris, but it didn’t really work out (a story for a FuckUp Nights?). She then came to Geneva and started a collection for women and children. By the end of 2008, the Indie-Cat brand was born. The young woman draws up the sketches and has them manufactured by a French manufacturer or, more recently, by the SOS Femmes association.

Giving birth to twins inspired her to launch a collection for little ones, but also made her work more strenuous so she decided to start making jewellery: fancy rings and earrings, cameos, printed or embossed versions with leopard patterns, skulls, a colourful and fresh find in a relatively conformist city – a breath of creative air. In the shop’s assortment, with the red dresses, decorated with skulls or adorned with a leopard velvet stripe to contrast a more classic fabric, Camille sells other designer productions. You can find a line of bags created especially for Indie-Cat, some “Girl Power ” socks, leopard print rain coats, multi-coloured bicycle saddlebags (yes!!), handmade cuddly toys, handmade cards, decal tattoos, scented candles, hand-sewn underwear, ceramics (cups, saucers, etc.), fabric sold by the meter, and soon a very sexy line of stockings.

As much as possible, she favours craftsmen, with identical universes. Most items are local, few come from commercial brands. The walls are used as a gallery. Next up, artist Charlotte (oil paintings) will open her exhibition on September 21 at 6 pm. The paintings will be on display until November 15. A small side note, Camille, as inventive as she is skilled, also practices roller derby. The next tournament, at Petit-Lancy, will take place on September 23. Info here: Geneva Roller Derby. So if you are not going to London soon (and even if you are), this is THE place to visit as soon as possible!

Photography © Nathalie Mastail-Hirosawa
Rue Leschot 4, 1205 Genève
Tue-Wed-Fri 11am-5.30pm; Thu 11am-6.30pm; Sat 12am-4pm

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