Sarah Coleman is always looking for the next frontier where art and fashion converge. Known for her repurposing of logo fabrics — applied to everything from chairs to matchbook covers, the multidisciplinary artist has just partnered with Fendi on a limited edition series and a new vision of the label's Miami Design District boutique.
“I don't like to confine myself to any one category, whether that's artist or designer,” Coleman tells L’Officiel. “Anything can inspire my work, so when it comes to fashion, I think of that as just one of many mediums I can choose to work with to express myself personally or conceptually.”
For the new project, which debuts next month, the artist combined Fendi’s history and legacy as a style powerhouse with her own penchant for unexpected, playful twists. Coleman envisioned a special collection of Peekaboo ISeeU bags, culling Op art and Space Age aesthetics with retro vibes and a classic appeal. The accessories have a distinctive, Miami-esque feel — a standout bag even boasts phosphorescent FF beads and glow-in-the-dark embroidery.
"Working with Fendi, I was given such freedom to create — the only instruction Silvia [Venturini Fendi] really gave was to 'be disruptive,'" says Coleman. “This allowed me to really experiment and to say yes to everything.”
The boutique’s interiors were also touched by her artful experimentation, where she collaged, painted and logo-ed design pieces with a mix of Fendi archival images, vintage magazines and prints that she herself designed. "I really enjoy working with logos because there's something so powerful about the way they can stand the test of time, whether the logo has been around for 25 years or 100 years,” explains Coleman. “Logo prints are special because they can be worn as a neutral — they can feel natural in any outfit or in any space.”
Coleman’s background has long included a blend of art and fashion. She has turned her creative gifts toward a range of endeavours, including designing Chanel interiors with architect Peter Marino and helming art direction for the Mercer Hotel. Her artwork with repurposed logo fabrics aims to elevate basic objects — from plastic bottles and lighters to outlet covers and power strips — with elegance and luxury craftsmanship in an adept mix of high and low.
“I feel a deep connection with everyday objects. They become everyday for a reason, because something about their design makes them basically perfect — even if they seem simple,” says Coleman. “To me, art, fashion and design are different labels people put on what is essentially the same thing; forms of expression with a common thread.”
Within Coleman's métier, there is also a deeper, sustainable sensibility in her designs. “When I am present in my life and keep my eyes open, I am constantly presented with objects that I can repurpose in my work or studio,” the artist says. “I try to step back in my environment and ask myself what I already have that can be transformed and given a second life. More and more, I am trying to respect the earth and create less waste by reusing what is already there.”