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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.

Sarah Tector

Sarah Tector

Today I’m meeting Sarah Tector at her home studio in Raleigh.  Sarah is a jewelry designer that I met at my exhibit opening at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh.   Follow her @stectormetals.

Hello, It’s Ann.  It’s great to see you.  Can I interview your closet? Sure! Come on in!


What’s your favorite shirt and where did you find it?  There are two I really like, including what I have on today.  It was shoulder padded dress from Zara that I  converted into a t-shirt with green tiger with glitter mouth! Hand modified, and converted into a t-shirt! Rise and Ramble silk velvet hand dyed shirt- part of show wardrobe because it looks great with jewelry so helps with displaying.  Bought after enduring a difficult time!

 Shirt available at Zara.

Shirt available at Zara.

What is your spirit animal?  Rabbit for sure! For me I’ve just seen them as soft and sweet and cuddly but love their elegant shape!  I associate happy things from my child hood- Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit.  I love to draw them too even though I make them more like cartoons.  The shape of a rabbit's ears are like leaves, and I use leaves a lot in my work!  And robots if that counts as a spirit animal!  Appeals to my mechanical nature/ curiosity.  

 Hunt Slonem painting.  Image Courtesy of First Dibs.

Hunt Slonem painting.  Image Courtesy of First Dibs.

What did you wear the last time you went out to dinner?  Drinks and nibbles count? I wore an indigo dyed linen dress at Edge of Urge in Raleigh! And pulled out my fantastic leather stacked mules and my beaded crochet snake necklace!  My friend makes pieces based on historic examples @mamawolfwears. 

Vodka Gimlet


Where did you go and what did you order?  We went to Hummingbird, with great outside seating.  We went for drinks and had some seasoned Japanese popcorn and I had a vodka gimlet.  

What is your favorite beverage of choice?  My favorite if I can get it is the vodka gimlet but I love the margaritas at Centro- also great food there too!  I’m a big lover of shoes, queso and robots!

 Hummingbird Raleigh

Hummingbird Raleigh

What song will you never delete from you playlist? Everything She Wants by Wham!  Anytime a girl hears that song everyone in my car starts singing a long!  My friends request it from me because they know it’s on my playlist.

Wham!

Do you believe in astrology? If so what’s your sign and which characteristics are important parts of your personality?  I’m a libra- I do like balance in life I help balance other people I like to find a happy balance.  Yes I do follow the libraness!

If you could go in a time machine, where and when would you travel to?  I’d love to hang out with Alexander Calder and hang out in his studio!  

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What would you wear on this time machine adventure?  Probably high waisted jeans to run around his studio comfortably.   I’d wear my cheetah print wedge boots and my cropped black short sleeve button down with my army jacket with my snakeskin patch, my spinner ring and my mom’s jade ring and my bronze hoops.  He doesn’t seem too formal, so I think this outfit would work great for this visit! I’d love to make something in the studio together!

 A jewelry display in Sarah's bedroom.

A jewelry display in Sarah's bedroom.

What are your favorite websites/blogs?  I’m a visual person so I love Instagram for inspiration.  Design Milk is one of my favorites!


If you were a car what would you be?  A muscle car!   I’ve always owned a stick shift too and love driving them! I love the car chase in Bullit, the Dodge Charger was amazing! Basically a 70s muscle car!  

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If you could invite anyone in the world for a coffee who would you invite and why?  I just saw the documentary last night about Manolo Blahnik so I really want to meet him.  It was amazing, I was so sucked into and couldn’t believe it was over! So I’d love to meet him and pick his brain creatively!

Fill in the blanks regarding your closet!

I spent too much money on shoes (but honestly never over 100 unless it was a gift!) but saved a lot of money by not buying coffee out! 

I would love something I design to appear in this publication I’d love to see some of my jewelry in W, for installations or lights, I love Dwell!

I wear this fragrance  I actually have a sensitivity to scent so I don't wear any!  but I love smelling this fragrance on someone else I like musky and natural scents but nothing overly floral or sweet! Not into vanilla.

 Powder coated collar designed by Sarah Tector.  

Powder coated collar designed by Sarah Tector.  

Thanks for letting me interview your closet  Sarah.  I’m glad I got to know you better too.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your vintage woven wedges?

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Laws of Style by Lawson

Laws of Style by Lawson