Ara Collective collaborates with artisans to curate handcrafted pieces, blending traditional craftsmanship with modern style. We travel to uncommon places in search of vibrant designs and time-tested techniques that reflect the communities from which they originate. Each collection is made in limited quantities to preserve its authentic detail, offering beautiful and meaningful products for home and traveler.
Ara (are-ah) is a brand born out of a love for travel, finding exceptional talent in distant places and discovering creative processes that are the heart of a culture. When we travel, something deep within us opens up and is alive in wonder. When we return home, we want to keep a piece of the culture we’ve experienced and the people we’ve encountered. Ara is a collection of pieces from those places; each is handpicked as a reflection of the land, the rich heritage of the culture and the makers that have been mastering their craft for generations. It’s a collective of artisans who, in a sea of industrial production, create timeless pieces that tell their stories. Your purchase provides above fair wages for the artisans, education scholarships for their children and health care in their communities.
We believe every person—despite the social, economic or geographic situation they were born into—deserves the freedom to discover, to dream and to thrive.
Sarah Contrucci Smith finds, collects and curates pieces made by artisans she meets along her travels. Inspired by the warmth and wildness of her childhood in Indonesia, she’s drawn to the eloquence of traditional designs and complexity of artisanal techniques. She believes the work of these makers can and should sustain a livelihood and provide economic opportunity. Sarah earned her Master’s Degree in International Development from Eastern University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University.