Singular Couture was founded unexpectedly by artist Sarah Nolan in 2015. Before going to a high-level luncheon where a female Supreme Court justice was speaking, Nolan decided to make an “artist’s coat” to wear. Painting vibrant colored grids on shining golden silk resulted in “Faberge” (see our gallery page for Nolan). Despite most attendees wearing fashionable minimalist black/white/grey, Nolan was surrounded after the luncheon with women wanting a coat like hers. Singular Couture was born.
After managing the growing business from her studio in NYC, Nolan moved to Santa Fe in mid 2016. She found she could easily combine her studio and a gallery in one small retail space located on the famous Plaza in Santa Fe. Santa Fe was a natural choice because people from all over the world visit for the art and the experience. In addition, she expanded her search for other artists and found the rich culture of local and Native American artists to be perfect for attracting different artistic expressions. The artists were encouraged to view the body as a moving sculpture with their art being seem in the round.
In 2018 the gallery was remodeled to expand and encompass two areas: Nolan’s studio which doubles as an operations center for managing the production of the coats which now come in eight sizes and are reversible, and the Singular Couture Gallery where the works of 20 artists can now be seen. Artists from Los Angeles to New York City are represented but half are local artists from New Mexico. We represent many Native American artists from the Southwest and beyond. Silk is sourced from New York City and tailoring is done locally in Albuquerque, NM. Nolan still paints there most days.
The heart of Singular Couture is that there is great joy in creating and wearing a work of art. Customers continually tell us that they feel different and meet new and different people wearing one of our coats. The originality of both the coat and the wearer can instantly be identified and as Nolan says “Singular Artists Make Singular Art For Singular People”.
As on the original “Faberge”, each coat is named and signed on the inside. Our wonderful gallery staff can explain the artists’ background and the meaning of the piece. We are happy to answer your questions and help you make the selection that is right for you through our website or in person in our gallery. We are in the gallery Thursday through Monday 11 to 5 or alternatively through phone 505-699-0339 or email info@SingularCouture.com or continue enjoying our web site. Come share with us the joy of wearing original art.