All roads lead you somewhere—at least that’s what one might gather from the career trajectory of Michelle Campbell, the designer of her eponymous Michelle Campbell Jewelry, a line out of New York City that can be found everywhere from the glass shadow boxes of Club Monaco to the pages of Vogue, Bazaar, and The New York Times—not to mention a personal shout-out in Forbes’ 2014 Art & Style “30 Under 30” list.
A former model, Campbell parlayed her way into the business easily, the way one does when they’ve had years of peripheral training paired with an innate sense of style. Inspired by a lifelong love of all things glimmer and gold, Campbell’s sleek and contemporary pieces are shaped after her surroundings, be it the strict architecture of an urban environment or the unruly softness of the natural world.
In this version of the Interrogator, SIXTY mines for gems, finding out about Campbell’s penchant for disappearing into history books, her inability to pick great moments out of many, and the travel ethos she admirably tries to stick to, but so often fails short of.
Place of residence:
Jewelry Designer of Michelle Campbell Jewelry
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Memorable and intimidating.
Quote to live by:
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
First job you ever had:
Receptionist at a day spa.
Least favorite part of your day:
After lunch, when all you want to do is take a nap.
Windows down, the song you’re playing is:
“Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones
Three guilty pleasures:
Pasta, Renaissance fairs, Net-a-porter.com
If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?
Gone with the Wind
You have a million dollars to spend on art. You buy…
Ten Wade Guytons… ten years ago I could have gotten ten for a million. A million isn’t enough to get the old masters I would want.
Plane, train, or automobile for a road trip?
Train, but old fashioned like in the movie The Women (who all ride a really glamorous train to get divorced in Reno).
What IS your favorite road trip?
LA to Big Sur and Carmel.
Personal travel ethos:
Act like a local (I am terrible at this).
Drink of choice:
Kombucha or red wine. Depends on the time of day.
Beach house or tree house:
Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?
The cook-pot at Aux Lyonnais in Paris.
What is the best news you ever received?
Being proposed to was pretty great, but getting into UCLA was pretty great, too. I cried a little when I got my first order for the line from Bergdorf Goodman. I think I’ve been fortunate with great moments, because I am finding it impossible to choose one.
Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.
Believing that arrogance indicates intelligence or taste.
Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to:
Coachella 2009. Paul McCartney performed. Nothing will ever compare to that.
Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?
Into a book. I am inspired by travel, but in order to make anything useful out of what inspires me, I have to be alone with my thoughts. Reading history books helps me get there quickly, and to connect my art with the past.
Photo by Tyler William Parker.