ARE Studio was established in 2012 by Cecilia BORDARAMPÉ, a Los Angeles based designer. She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied textiles, photography, and art history. ARE Studio specializes in minimal leather goods and clothing. The bag designs serve as a clean slate for each person to make their mark and personalize. The name ARE Studio was inspired by the plural and present tense form of the verb "be". It's existential implication relates to the objects we choose to adorn and surround ourselves with day by day.