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ARE studio was established in 2012 by Los Angeles based designer Cecilia Bordarampé, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she focused on textile arts, photography and art history. Cecilia creates leather bags and clothing that are minimal and timeless. Pulling from her surroundings with an eye towards seeing things sculpturally, she then pares down her design to its essential parts until there are no extraneous details to distract from the form itself.

ARE studio's manufacturing process is unique in that it's structured for minimal waste: using overstock or deadstock fabrics, and turning leather pieces discarded from production of larger items into small wallets and pouches. Materials are sourced from local, family owned businesses. 


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