Sarah Lévy – The sociologist of accessories
TLmag: You got here to accessories quite past due. Tell us about your adventure?
Sarah Levy: I changed into at first an architect. It turned into a secure choice, however, even back then, it didn’t absolutely resonate with me. The style faculties, mainly La Cambre, made an impact on me. I didn’t sense at home. At the quit of my research, I labored for a decade as an architect. I additionally started a thesis on urban planning. As a part of this, I turned into invited to observe at the Parsons School of Design in New York. There, where I became in contact with jewelers, I observed add-ons, in addition to working with craftsmen. Back in Belgium, I enrolled at Arts et Métiers. I studied there for 2 years whilst
finishing my thesis. But after 12 months as an urban planner, I felt stuck with the institutional aspect of the activity. The accessories segment of La Cambre had just opened. For me, it turned into a manner to begin a change without transitioning from one job to some other. I jumped in.
TLmag: And this time, you belonged …
S.L.: We were best four students, which include a photographer and a fashion designer, overseen by outstanding professors. That’s where I discovered the universe of leatherwork. The first 12 months, I gave myself overall freedom. At La Cambre, I become driven to move beyond my barriers, to follow my instinct. The second year, when I
turned into running on my graduation collection, I began an actual reflection on the human body. My idea turned into to translate, through add-ons, our present-day habits. I meditated on those everyday gadgets which have become our new fetishes: the telephone, the electronic cigarette…Objects which have created new gestures. My goal isn’t always to criticize these manias, however alternatively to imagine the add-ons in tune with our life ‘rituals’.
On the only hand, ease our day by day gestures and, however, spotlight the obsessive facet of these addictions. I labored with a prosthetist and orthopaedist. In particular, my research led me to transpose the prosthetics strategies into the domain of leatherwork: greater especially, glove making. For example, I imagined a long leather-based glove stitched to a mobile telephone case. My whole collection plays in this ambiguity among self-assurance and constraints. I had the possibility to collaborate with French glovemakers Lavabre Cadet, who helped me to create a number of the seven pieces inside the series. Working on gloves, an item frequently is taken into consideration to be out of date, however, which calls for
real expertise also involved me plenty.
TLmag: This collection inspired the jury on the Hyères competition, which, as we recognize, is a great springboard for designers. Was it this that made you need to apply?
S.L.: Hyères is an outstanding region of expression for any young clothier. The people I met for the duration of the festival reflect consideration on style in a wise way. When you take a technique that isn’t always in any respect enterprise-orientated, being a finalist within the competition represents an enormous possibility.