Introducing The Boyscouts, a line of jewelry and accessories designed by Zelda Beauchampet and based out of Rotterdam, Holland. By it’s own description, the line aims to promote the elegance of urban life and creates its signature look by combining a contemporary fashion sense with the aesthetic and tradition of scouting
Using quality components and local craftsmanship (a process which Beauchampet refers to as “survival of the finest”), the 2012-2013 collection is inspired by the forces of nature. Like any true boyscout these elements are second nature. It’s about finding your way by looking at the stars and about reading time by the position of the sun, it’s also about jewelry handcrafted in rope, sterling silver, and gold…at least in this case.
We’re excited to have a selection of accessories from The Boyscouts at Need Supply, so we sat down with Zelda Beauchampet to get a better look at the line, the process, and the designer:
How did you get started as a designer?
ZB: Ever since I can remember I’ve been creating objects, clothes, and accessories. During my education at the Design Academy Eindhoven these experiments fell into place. The school is internationally known for conceptual design. After my graduation, I formally started my design company named studio ZLDA. From the start my work has been very diverse, but over the years I specialized in jewelry and accessories.
How did this turn into The Boyscouts?
ZB: I’m committed to release an annual collection which allows me to reinvent my concept every year. These collections were named The Boyscouts for various reasons: I’ve always been intrigued by the way people use their jewelry as a tool to impress others. Besides the values and nostalgia of scouting, I find the reference of scouting for boys enchanting: it gently gives my products a purpose.
We see lots of rope, leather, and different metals used in your work – is there a particular element you prefer working with over the others?
ZB: Not really: My starting point is the concept, not material or technique. Since my subject is related to nature, it shows in my choice of elements.
When you sit down to create a new piece, can you briefly describe your process?
ZB: Honestly, there is not one way to create a product. Every item has a different story. My journeys around the world inspire me to work with certain concepts, techniques, or materials.
What do you like best about designing accessories compared to designing in other forms?
ZB: Jewelry and accessories are special; the products are cherished by their owners: little treasures connected to the body. As a designer, I’ve learned that my ideas translate best into small and precious items.
You’ve mentioned that your jewelry is inspired by the “tradition of scouting” and the look is heavily influenced by nature. Are you yourself an outdoorswoman? Can you tell us more about that?
ZB: From a design-perspective I see the parallel between exploring in the wild and finding your way in the urban jungle. As a born and raised city girl, I’ve always been fascinated by nature and wildlife. Although I wouldn’t say I’m Jungle Jane, I sure like to light a fire.
Thanks Zelda! Take a peek at our selection from The Boyscouts here.
(Designer’s portrait by Oliver Komorowski, remaining photos by Floor Knaapen.)