RENATO ARMIJO | Haute Fashion Blossoms in Miami
by Herb Sosa
Renato Armijo is one of the fashion world’s up-and-coming
creative geniuses- an artist who creates art and fashion from
concept to completion. With an extensive talent for design,
his work has caught the eye of international designers and
socialites who desire sophistication and elegance in their
clothing. Hailing from Lima, Peru, Armijo’s attention to detail
is evident in every masterpiece he creates. “My creative
process begins with a song, a scene, a story, a journey that
starts with something I desire or live; creating forms and
shapes in my mind as I sew and feel them…sometimes I
imagine a picture, a scene of a movie or a melody which
transports me to a place and time that for a second inspires
me to create. I enjoy expressing myself through different
media; from fabrics and trimmings to canvas and acrylics.”
- Miami Socialholic
While attending the Miami International University of Art &
Design, Armijo received the award for Best Men’s Wear
Collection in the United States by the Hispanic Designers’
Association. He was also recognized by the Le Jeaunes
Createurs de la Mode in Paris, where his creations were put
on display at the Louvre. Upon the completion of his
education, Armijo became the Assistant Creative Director for
Kenneth Cole NYC Menswear. During his time there, Armijo
was honored by Kenneth Cole himself at the Fashion Group
International as the overall National Award Winner.
Renato Armijo is presently the Creative and In-house
Designer for Ever After Miami, a fashion label sold alongside
other notable designers including Oscar de la Renta,
Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang, at specialty retailers
across the United States. Armijo shares, “The Ever After
experience gives me an opportunity to have a national
platform and understand women in multiple markets. As a
designer, being able to create the highest level of fashion is
very rewarding.” His understanding of the feminine form and
his pattern making skills allow him to create unique and
exceptional designs that are sought after by his very
exclusive clientele. Each piece has a personality of its own,
such as evening wear that is detailed with Swarovski
crystals, distinctive embroidery, and advanced technique.
AMBIENTE recently sat for an exclusive interview with Renato:
When did you first become interested in fashion & design, and why?
Fashion was influence on me from my Mother's creative and artistic genes, Who is a well establish
fine arts artist. Since early age I found my self fascinated of her style and the way she manipulated
and play with fashion, always re inventing always in change. I remember been 14 and doing my first
fashion sketches for her, she is my ultimate muse. Her creative passion always captivate me.
How does your background, native Peru or lifestyle influence your work?
The influence in my work is very diverse, As a Peruvian raise I learn a good deal about craft-man ship
color and textures, but my multicultural background and social environment allow me to be very
sensitive of new ideas and points of views that opened my creativity range.
How important is school & training vs. raw talent? Do you need both to be a great designer?
Education is very important because develop technique, but you most have the skill and talent to
A great Designer needs to be able to merge both. Creativity as abstract and a raw talent and Design
as a skill that could be cultivate, train and channel.
You work a lot on bridal and evening – is this by choice, and why?
Couture is my passion and be relate in the special occasion market such as Bridal and evening
allow me to be involve in the ultimately American couture experience, An almost lost craft in America
and the most fuel feeling experience creative wise.
What is your favorite subject, and why?
Inspiration come form many places and with that, the use of many elements to crystallize those
ideas are endless. I don't limit with a particular subject. What inspire me today it may wont do it
tomorrow. But If I have to pick something..I enjoy to work with movement, shape and flow.
How have brides and evening gowns evolved in styling and what Is considered beautiful?
The special occasion market such as bridal or evening have a specific esthetic, focus on a unique
statement where the styling is more personalize usually guide but not influenced by trends and whats
considered beautiful is set by how flattering the styling statement is.
Where do you see your designing talents going in the next 5 years? Fashion, other?
Ill see my talents going where my Heart will want them to be, no necessarily a place or a stage in life
and hopefully with a purpose, I have a very adventurous heart who wants to explore all the creativity
areas out there. As a Fashion Designer, Illustrator or Creative Director, the sky is the limit.
What defines beauty for you?
Beauty is in the eyes of who see it, esthetically speaking for me is a combination of Character, proportion and balance, but also can apply
in personality & attitude.
What is the biggest mistake people make when choosing the perfect gown?
Not knowing their self, what looks good in other not necessarily will be great on you and vice verse.
Describe the Renato Style
Ill say, Sensitive and Sensual, Sensitive because I am very conscious about who I designing for and thoughtful in the creative proses.
Sensual because I am in tune with the Human Nature but I am classy about it.
What advice do you have to a young LGBT person wanting to design fashion?
Follow your heart, be honest with your self creative wise and education, Is a very competitive market out there.
What 5 fashion items are essential for a woman? For a man?
Of course depends of the individual style, but this are my most haves...
For Women, A little black dress, a platform heels, big shades, red lipstick and black lingerie.
For men, A two piece suit, a watch, sunglasses, a pair of leather shoes, and white boxers
I never leave the house without…
What defines success for you? Are you there?
Success for me is define by the ability to do what your are passionate about and be around the people you love, and the ability to touch their
life's in a positive way.
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process begins with
a song, a scene, a
story, a journey that
something I desire
or live; creating
shapes in my mind as
I sew and feel
imagine a picture, a
scene of a movie or
a melody which
transports me to a
place and time that
for a second inspires
me to create. I enjoy
media; from fabrics
and trimmings to
canvas and acrylics.”