The Jewels In Camden's Crown
Camden Market Jewellery Tour
From the understated to the uncommon, explore the artisan makers putting the jewels in Camden Market’s crown.
Wed 10 May
Explore Historic Stables
Camden Market Stables
Camden Market Stables is a labyrinth of cultures and subcultures, overground and underground, home to brands both global and local. Once a network of saddlers workshops, tack rooms and a horse hospital and stables, it’s now home to our listed cobbled yards, umbrella alley, incredible experiences and so much more.
Tue 2 May
Icons Made Here
Meet Camden Watch Company
Setting up shop in Camden Market in 2015, Anneke Short and Jerome Robert are the power couple behind the Camden Watch Company. As the name suggests, Camden is an intrinsic part of the brand’s DNA; their designs take inspiration from the history of Camden – from markings on the dials to the watch straps themselves. With Camden in their blood, they make the perfect focus for our first article in the Icons Made Here series, telling the stories of the unique businesses that call Camden Market home.
They tell us what makes this watch company tick.
How did you end up here in Camden Market?
We first opened in 2014 with a pop-up shop on Camden High Street. Running our own shops wasn’t actually part of our plan, we were just planning on a pop-up to kick things off and then to go down the traditional route of selling via other stores, but that first pop-up shop worked so well that after some deliberation, we decided to change tack. And where else to enquire about opening our first store than Camden Market? We got in touch, and around 11 months after opening the doors to that very first pop-up, we now had our own permanent store to call home in the heart of Camden Market.
Did you always want to make watches?
A: I’ve always loved designing and creating things, but my passion for watches really came from Switzerland, where I studied watch and jewellery design. I’ve never looked back.
J: Not only am I Swiss, but I’m actually from La Chaux-de-Fonds, which is the Swiss watch town, so watches are in my blood.
Tue 2 May
Go Back In Time For Finds
Camden Market Vintage Tour
Vintage fashion has been a part of Camden Market’s story since the very beginning. If you’re looking for finds from different times and denim from distant decades, our vintage stores and second-hand emporiums are sure to hold treasures. There’s far more in store when you arrive, but we’ve rounded up a few to get you started.
Tue 28 Mar
Mae Muller | Camden Market Unlocked
Back in 2020, we welcomed Mae Muller to Camden Market to perform an acoustic set in our iconic Stables market.
Her performance was a part of Camden Unlocked; the first series of live music events to take place in the UK since the COVID-19 lockdown. At the time, we caught up with her to hear all about her inspiration.
Superlatives come easy when you first come across newcomer Mae Muller. Whether you’ve just tuned in to her songs for the first time or you bump into her on the street, there’s something as familiar or relatable as a warm cup of tea on a cold day.
It’s partly down to the honest braziness you first come across when you hear Muller’s lyrics, coupled with the fact she sings exactly what’s on her mind. It’s also down to the fact she’s got a raw, passionate message to get off her chest with some of the best storytelling in town.
Muller is still only 21, but she describes herself as a “late bloomer,” having only penned her first song two years ago. That track, “Close”, remains on her SoundCloud to this day, a symbol of where she has come from and a reminder of the raw emotion she puts into each of her relatable pop bangers.
Putting that song online, alongside short Rihanna and Frank Ocean covers on Instagram, helped Londoner Mae get her first music industry attention. Fast forward through a whirlwind 18-month period and she’s released two EPs (After Hours & then Frankly) and has formed the sound of a versatile young artist who speaks directly to and for her generation.
Take “Side Piece”, for example from recent EP Frankly, which is a louche slow-jam inspired by a subject many shy away from: female sexual empowerment. “It’s me saying that being intimate with someone is not always a big, emotional thing,” Mae says. “A lot of woman just want to have a good time.”
It mirrors a similar sentiment Muller put under her microscope on “Jenny” from her first EP, After Hours. This time she talks-up about female unity in the face of a man’s dishonesty. “Everyone has an experience of being fucked over by a guy,” Mae says of the songs origins. “I wanted to personify that and make it funny. It’s easy to demonize the other woman. I want to deal with the real problem; the man.”
On the flipside, you also find a counterpoint to her writing in the stripped-back song “Maybe”, where she lets fans go behind the scenes, singing: “Baby I put on a front but I’m cravin’ your touch.” It’s a song Mae admits is her chance “to show I have a heart” and that “I don’t always have the answers but writing music gives me the answers I need. The hardest things to write about often end up being the best songs.”
Music for Mae begun when growing up in Kentish Town, North London, where it was always a part of her life but not necessarily as a career path. “The music was something I was always interested in and loved, but I didn’t go to music school or anything. I did it for fun. I’ve always enjoyed creative writing, but I only started writing song 18 months ago.” she recalls of her younger days. In fact, working behind her local bar convinced her to pursue music further. “I had a few shitty jobs and worked in a pub. When I was at the pub I kept thinking, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing.’ I uploaded a song that I’d written to Soundcloud and that is when it all started. It was very quick.”
Those early days remain a constant influence though: “North London shaped me as a person and as an artist. Every time I feel my accent slipping I have to cut it out immediately.” Mae admits that her lack of experience writing songs worried her when it came time to working on her EP, explaining “There was nobody to tell me I was crap before, so I thought I was fabulous.” However, she took to life in the studio with ease and now works through her feelings by penning lyrics. “I use music as a way of protecting myself,” she says, listing H.E.R, Lily Allen and Julia Michaels as influences. “It’s my weapon. If I’m feeling down I won’t write a sad song, I’ll write a bad bitch thing like, ‘I’m going to fuck your life up.’ It’s my way of feeling strong.”
Still in a formative period of her career, Mae has been in the studio with producers including Two Inch Punch, Mark Ralph, and Fred Ball. Between them, the producers have had recent cuts with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Years & Years, Clean Bandit, Kali Uchis, and Rex Orange County.
Understandably, this can make people wary that they might end up between her lyrical cross-hairs. They need not worry though. “I’m not @-ing you”, she insists. “It’s just music and my emotions.”
As both an artist discovered on social media and simply a young woman in 2018, Mae admits she is “addicted” to her phone. Her relationship with Instagram is a complicated one though. “I don’t think I’d be where I am without it”, she concedes. “But then it puts a crazy amount of pressure on you. It’s always there to look at and everyone is having the best time and has the best body. It’s impossible not to compare yourself constantly.”
Though many of her most memorable lyrics are an emoji away from being the perfect Instagram caption, Mae also wants her music to act as a reminder to fans that online life is not reality. “I want women and young girls going through hard shit to put on my songs and feel better”, she says. “We’re going through this together. Don’t worry about anyone else and have fun with life.” Speaking of pressure, Mae lists Brit Awards, Grammys, and a world tour on her slate of dream achievements. “I want to do it all”, she laughs, before returning to her trademark confident tone and stating, “I’ve got all the ingredients to win. Now it’s up to me.” All things considered, it’s a statement that is hard to disagree with.
You can watch Mae Muller’s Camden Market performance here.
In March 2023, Mae was announced as the UK’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. Find out more.
Mon 13 Mar
Discover The Camden Market Music Scene
Camden Market Music Icons Tour
Camden Market has always been known for its live music venues, record stores, and for being the jewel in the crown of North London’s music scene. We’ve always been home to vinyl hunters, reggae lovers, rockers, punks and musicians. So if you’re looking to take a tour of the market’s most musical spots, you’re in the right place.
Fri 10 Feb
Explore Our Most Iconic Fashion Spots
Camden Market Fashion Tour
January Deals To Get Your Teeth Into
Dine In Deals
Happy Hour? Happy Days!
Happy Hour at Hawley Wharf
Our Eco-Conscious Container Market
Camden Market Buck Street
All your favourite independent shops are just a click away
Camden Market is Now Online!
Catch The Action At Camden Market
Discover Our Festive Food & Drinks