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DESIGNER OF THE DAY

Grason Ratowsky

BARE

BARE is a unique lifestyle brand inspired by art, culture and travel. We create travel accessories with a focus on innovative design, distinctive material selection and versatility. Our products cater to the stylish world traveler with an adventurous spirit and a passion to seek experience. BARE Collections provide intuitive, functional and durable designs that highlight necessity rather than extravagancy. Behind BARE products lies an understanding that design in its purest sense arises from stripping away excess and keeping only what is necessary. With a firm belief in timeless design and a deep appreciation for the values of classic craftsmanship, BARE combines distinctive materials with simple yet intricate details to create products of uncompromised style.
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BARE is a unique lifestyle brand inspired by art, culture and travel. The brand creates travel accessories with a focus on innovative design, distinctive material selection and versatility. The products cater to the stylish world traveler with an adventurous spirit and a passion to seek experience.

Grason was gifted a java sack that his father had brought back from Costa Rica. He found great value in the past life of the sack, where it had been, borders it had crossed, paths it had travelled. He had an inherent need to repurpose the sack into another useful object so it could continue to tell its unique story. So he watched some YouTube videos on how to sew, borrowed his girlfriend's old singer sewing machine and created the initial prototypes. Once his partners saw the prototypes, they fell in love and BARE was born.

Growing up throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe, Ratowsky was exposed to a broad spectrum of unique artistry and cultural perspective. Both his mother and father were boundless creatives and were continually moving to fuel their passions. From their hand weaved alpaca sweater shop in Santa Fe, NM to the plantations of Central America where they handcrafted natural plant fibers into artist paper, Ratowsky was immersed into constant visual stimulation. Ratowsky’s cultural identity gave him profound visual exploration and elements of style that are reflective in his professional artistry; raw, wild and unconventional. After graduating from high- school two years early, Ratowsky’s first multi-disciplinary design business was established at the young age of 17. Over the past 12 years, Ratowsky has been creating works of art for an array of clients. Refining his love of artful expression into a vast skill set, Ratowsky’s specialized design practices lie in branding, business strategy, product design, art direction, illustration, sustainable package design, website design, programming and many more visual communications all which are rooted deeply in his rare creativity. After a near decade of experience with developing his design business and career, Ratowsky has found himself at the helm of BARE; as his love for design, rich textiles, and pure personal style became aligned.

I believe inspiration is a byproduct of experience. The more I experience, the more inspired I become. My unique style is inspired from a combination of global living, artistic peers, extensive world travel and an inherent need to experience the creative process.

My design philosophy is illustrated through selective materials, unparalleled functionality, and an innate vision to create something uniquely different. I celebrate understated design traditions, enduring silhouettes and product versatility. Each BARE piece is meticulously composed of materials of the highest quality which directly influence product form and function. My travel accessories merge natural, durable textiles and lush premium leathers with solid brass hardware to create pieces built to last.

BARE designs systematically unite the synergy between aesthetics and purpose. The sky is the limit.

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