Sara Brancato and Nick Kapros are the team behind the ‘Intertwined’ collections by Mi Asunta – jewelry and body accessories with movement. The idea behind Intertwined is one of changing shape and fluidity of motion, something that transforms the identity of the wearer in the process. Mi Asunta was created in 2008, taking its name from Sara’s grandmother Asunta Leone, whose love of costume jewelry and sense of style inspired her grandaughter’s own creativity. Sara explained to me, “She worked too hard to use her creative skill the way she wanted. She never had regrets, but there was something extremely poignant about her aspirations and the inspiration they engendered within me.”
Design team and romantic partners Nick and Sara have collaborated on two collections so far – Intertwined I and II: “Our designs and relationship revolve around a commitment to beauty and love. It’s like a kaleidoscope. The pieces change their shapes, they are playful. We learn to give each other space and not take each ourselves too seriously.” Sara told me. She continued, “Take space away and the kaleidoscope gets jammed. Just when we think we’ve wrapped our heads around each other there is something new to discover. So what the designs say about our relationship is that it is still growing, still changing.”
I really enjoy the creativity of movement in this jewelry. The two piece body armour style I am wearing here can be worn several ways – across the body, as a longer necklace, the centre piece joining the chains can be worn up high or down low…. an intriguing design. What seems to distinguish collection I from II to me is the evolution in the complexity of movement (Sara showed me different ways to wear certain pieces I could never have imagined!)
The pair photographed each other for the Mi Asunta lookbooks, an unintentional move but an idea that was born when the pair were let down by models originally booked for the shoot. In these images the intimacy of the work process is captured on film perfectly.