Owner of Los Angeles vintage emporiums Decades and Decades Two, Cameron Silver ditched his passion for performing cabaret songs in 1997 (he warbled on a cross-country tour after college) and turned his love of vintage hunting into a business with the launch of his first shop on Melrose Avenue. Once named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential in Fashion, Silver has had no problem dressing up Hollywood’s elite in the vanguard attire of days past. Needless to say, when Hermès names a bag in your honor (The Cameron Bag), you’ve clearly done something right. ELLE.com gives Mr. Silver the quizzical top ten treatment.
ELLE: What is your favorite smell?
CS: Geranium Pour Homme by Frederic Malle.
ELLE: What do you consider the epitome of happiness?
CS: Being content doing nothing.
ELLE: How do you define luxury?
CS: Enjoying the simplest things without time constraints.
ELLE: What is the last dream you remember?
CS: Really don’t remember dreams.
ELLE: What’s your favorite childhood memory?
CS: Sitting on my father’s shoulders looking at Iguazu Falls.
ELLE: What’s the last book you read and loved?
CS: I think I have all the new Chanel biographies on my nightstand right now and haven’t finished one!
ELLE: Describe your home’s aesthetic.
CS: Mid-century eclectic.
ELLE: What are your vices?
ELLE: Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
CS: Fashionable Philanthropist/Switzerland of Style.
ELLE: What possession will you never throw away?
CS: I am a pack rat. I don’t throw anything away. Oh, that’s another vice!