Are Studio specializes in leather bags and clothing that are minimal and timeless. The company was established in 2012 by Cecilia Bordarampé, a Los Angeles based designer. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she focused in textile arts, photography and art history.
The Are Studio name was inspired by the plural and present tense form of the verb to "be." Its existential implication relates to the objects we choose to adorn and surround ourselves with daily.
Bag designs serve as a clean slate for each person to make their mark and personalize the bag they carry, depending on the everyday staples they pack. Each surface impression serves as a record of life experiences and reflects the inadvertent patterns that make each person unique.