Sensual Armor: Armature, “The Orion Collection”

Comprised of provocative pieces for men and women, Armature is a brand based in Los Angeles, created by Sara Angelucci. Trained by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Sara draws inspiration from the obscure producing unique fashion stories and designs that provoke emotion and thought, while bridging the gap between fashion and art. We sat down with Sara to learn a bit more of what lies beyond Armature’s surface, as well as her own personal views on life itself. Read on below. JENNIFER STEVENS

SJ: How long have you been in the fashion/accessories sector for?
A: Ten years

SJ: When did you start to have dreams of becoming a designer?
A: I have always been interested in art and design, even as a small child. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I developed a true interest in fashion and transforming my art and design to articles of clothing and jewelry.

SJ: How would you explain Armature DNA?
A: My designs come from a personal place and are a reflection of my life and what is going on in the world. It’s a celebration of individuality and creating a dialogue around fashion.

SJ: How do you stay creative?
A: I’m constantly inspiring myself by traveling, reading and continuing the study of art. My parents collect art so I was always surrounded by a wide variety of art in different mediums, painting, sculpture and photography. I was born and raised in Canada which has always been known for their diversity of cultures that come together which allowed me to experience a global spectrum of art and culture, that transformed thoughts and inspiration into my own creations. Each creation that I do represents where I am in my life and my feelings.

SJ: What would you say your strengths are?
A: My dedication and perseverance to my craft

SJ: Can you tell us a little bit about what you have planned for your next collection?
A: All I can say for now is that I have recently been spending a lot of time in art galleries and I am currently inspired by artists from the late twentieth century as well as nature, the true art in life.

SJ: What is your favorite part about being a designer?

A: Being a designer satisfies me as a person, I feel whole because I am allowed to take my creativity, manifest itself into something that I can touch and feel which brings me great pleasure. I enjoy the design process and creating visual images that tell the story about the collection.

SJ: How did you select the materials you used? Are there are materials that you find difficult to work with?
A: Sometimes I find objects and repurpose them. For example, when I started designing the bullet rings I would collect spent casings from Norcal and New Mexico, and use them to heat, shape and mold the Armature Bullet Rings. I love working with artifacts. Fast forward to the Orion collection, everything is made by hand. Precious grey diamonds are set by hand, hand draped chain with some use of molds. The Mirage collection is completely carved from hand first using wax and then made into a master mold from the original piece. Working with materials is not the hard part, it’s having the foresight and expertise that goes into all the components of the design that have to work in harmony.

SJ: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I find inspiration from traveling, reflecting on my surrounding and my life experiences. I’m also constantly studying and evolving as an artist. My design path that I am following is ever changing and is never the same. My inspiration is very dynamic. I look back through history, and it also is a sign of the times of what is happening in the world today.

SJ: Have you ever been stuck for ideas?
A: I’m constantly creating. I feel gifted that I never have had a lack of ideas.

SJ: Who in life made a difference to influence you to go into designing?
A: My parents had a big hand in it, they have always been very supportive and helped me to strive to reach higher levels. When I decided to move to Los Angeles on my own in 2006 they where very supportive. It was a life path altering decision. I didn’t know anyone in the city, but I knew it was where I had to be. I have an insatiable need to be around the Arts and creativity and found Los Angeles a plethora of creativity of all shapes.

SJ: Do you try to keep with the trends or create your own?
A: I don’t follow fashion, I’m an independent minded person, innovative, creative and producing truly unique art. Although, I do keep an eye on currents trends and what people like and dislikes .

SJ: Do you have any role models? Is there a particular person that you would like to see wearing your designs?
A: I have many role models, Two of which are Walt Disney and Anna Wintour. They both faced adversity and rejection but that only made them hungrier and stronger to overcome a challenge. I strive to keep my brand accessible to people, while still using fine metals and precious stones. Ideally I would love to see strong minded, driven and progressive people wearing Armature. It would be a pleasure to see people from all different walks of life and backgrounds wearing my brand that are attracted to my art because it reveals a personal connection to them. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some very beautiful and special people wear my designs.

SJ: When you are not designing, what are some of your hobbies? Where do you spend your free time? How do you relax?

A: That’s a difficult question to answer because I have a hard time not being creative. I never stop designing the ideas are flowing every time I see something, or encounter an experience in my life. I relax by getting away from the everyday hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. I paint, meditate and listen to music. I go for daily walks at the beach when I’m working at my studio and occasionally take hiking day trips to Joshua tree. I spend as much time as I can in the desert it is very spiritual and the lighting and colors are all inspiring.

SJ:  What do you hope to accomplish in the next 10 years?
A: I want to enjoy success and good health.