We all have that friend who just 'gets it'. That friend whose immpecable taste transends time, trend, and age. A tastemaker who doesn't follow the zeitgiest, she creates it. That friend whose impossibly cool style has you wondering if you need to discard your entire closet Marie Kondo-style.
Why do we love Ary? Read on to find out...
o+m: What got you interested in creating/art/design?
When I got married and had a baby girl, I wanted to harness my creativity and started designing children’s wear. Dress making and designing have been a lifelong passion and I taught myself how to sew when I was eleven years old. Even during my television producing years, I sewed in order to relax and do something creative with my hands. My children’s wear business grew very nicely, as did my daughter, for over a decade!
o+m: Are you still desiging your childrens collection?
Ary: Witnessing the rise of fast fashion and super consumption has led me to pivot away from manufacturing children’s clothes. My focus and priority moving forward is to make and support sustainable, responsible, and slow crafted products. I love all things hand-made. I think there is no better way to share our collective human experience.
o+m: How was La Burro Studio born?
o+m: Why is the market bag your first product?
For over half a century, these family-own workshops produced the most sought-after fishing nets in Italy. I visited one of these workshops and fell in love with a beautiful, simple, hand-made macramé bag they had woven from left over cording. I loved that they were so simple, the colors so vibrant, and, that they are crafted by hand one knot at a time. And, since they are made from excess fishing net cording, there is zero waste to make and weave each bag. I brought one back from Italy and almost immediately, people started asking where I got my bag.
Ary: l love the bright, cheerful colors and versitility of these bags. I carry it as my everyday bag with my clutch inside for a relaxed bohemian vibe. It folds down easily so you can carry it as an extra bag for market shopping and it is perfect for the beach. It surprises me how much it holds!