Sarah Arison
Interview by Latest Revival and Lalique

Sarah Arison is the President of the Arison Arts Foundation and Chair of the National YoungArts Foundation

‘Lalique x Latest Revival’ Celebrate Influential Women Campaign

What does it mean to you to be an influential woman? What led you to your current position?

I believe that to be an influential woman is to lead by example and inspire others through your actions. I was influenced and inspired by my grandmother- her passion, her generosity, her curiosity and her genuine care for others. If I can ever have the impact on others that she had on me, I will be happy! 

Who is a powerful woman that you admire and why?

I can’t think of anyone I admire more than Agnes Gund. She has already done so much in her lifetime, yet continues to evolve and create new ways to help more people, different populations, and use her influence to raise awareness about issues in the world around us. She has such a pure and deep care for others that I constantly look to her as an example of how to live my life and help others. 

What is your passion and how has it impacted your career?

My passion is to empower artists from all disciplines to pursue a life in the arts. This has become my career as I am the President of Arison Arts Foundation which supports emerging artists and the institutions that foster them. My largest role in that capacity is as Chair of the National YoungArts Foundation which identifies the most accomplished young artists in the United States and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. I feel so lucky to get to spend my days working with such incredibly talented artists that it truly never feels like a job- I look forward to what I do every day!

Describe your personal aesthetic in three words.

Timeless, classic, elegant.

How do your home design choices compare to your style choices?

I buy a lot of art as I love discovering and supporting new artists, so my home design is very neutral so that the art can really be the focus and not clash with the design. 

Tell us why you chose your Lalique selection. What about the design spoke to you?

I love this piece because it is simple and classic enough to really go in any space, yet interesting because of the great texture and color, which isn’t exactly neutral yet can go with so much. 

What is your fondest memory of jewelry?

For me, jewelry is all about memories and history. My grandmother has gifted me with a number of pieces that my grandfather gave to her over the years- a Lalaounis set he bought her in Greece, an engagement ring, a necklace he bought her in Italy. For me, each of these pieces has a history and I feel so connected to them every time I wear one. My husband is continuing that tradition- for example, he just gave me a pair of Fernando Jorge earrings from Latest Revival when we had our first baby. I adore them and can’t wait to hand them down to her! 

Tell us why you chose your Latest Revival selections. What about the jewels and brand spoke to you?

I chose Silvia Furmanovich for a few reasons… I think her work is the most unique I’ve ever seen and phenomenally detail oriented and intricate. They’re the kind of pieces that stand out so much you can wear a simple black dress or jeans and a t-shirt and it doesn’t matter because you have one of her pieces! Also, my husband gave me a pair of earrings from her for Valentine’s Day last year which I cherish! 

What is a piece of (clothing, accessory, jewelry, d├ęcor, etc) you can’t live without?

My engagement ring. It’s an original vintage Art Deco piece from 1929 that my husband found through Latest Revival. I have never seen another piece like it, and it’s so special- I wear it with my grandmother’s wedding band and I smile every time I look at it. 

What is your charitable cause of choice? Lalique & Latest Revival are committing a percentage of proceeds from your personal selections through online purchases October 7th through 21st 

That’s so amazing- my charity of choice is the National YoungArts Foundation. 

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