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Type the word bare into Google, and the images that appear may not be all beautiful bags and elegant jewelry (that’s a disclaimer, people). But that’s of no real concern to Jeet Sohal, whose line Bare—the name is an acronym for brilliant, astute, refined, and enigmatic—appeals to the type of woman who responds to things that are on the cusp of straight-up pretty and very striking.

After graduating from Dartmouth, Jeet set out to start a jewelry line, working with a friend on a boot-accessory project on the side. But when that partner hit the road with a rock-star husband, leaving Jeet with an abundance of leather, she figured, hell, why not dive into the bag realm, too? It was 2006, and she was uninspired by what she saw women carrying—you know the look: heavy on hardware, light on practicality. So she called on her grandmother, Ursula Rodriguez, who did meticulous piecework for bag companies in the Philippines, to show her the ropes. Though she found inspiration in her Indian, Filipino, and Spanish heritages, Jeet aimed to keep things clean, without the weight and showiness often found in those cultures. And the people of L.A.—where she grew up and lives now—ate up her work. Proof: Jeet now has not one but three lines—Bare Collection and Bare Bones, both jewelry-centric, and Bare Bags—to satisfy the hungry masses. —dana covit

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Behind The Scenes

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    Inside Bare's Small Wonder of a Studio Even in L.A., space can be limited.In a 400-square-foot creative space, the little details count—just ask Jeet Sohal, whose bathroom at her studio in L.A.’s Hancock Park doubles as a packing room for her sleek accessories line Bare. But Jeet and her production manager Jesse Southern have really embraced their intimate surroundings—the garden, the natural light, and the fact that Jeet’s parents live in the main house right next door, making it easy for her kids (Kieran, almost 3, and Simran, 1... READ MORE »
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    Jeet Sohal's From-the-Garden Refreshments Mint tea? Green smoothie? One of each, please.The veggies of their labors.Things in perfect symmetry do not particularly inspire Jeet Sohal—it’s nature’s disarray that gets her creative juices flowing. And, for Mother’s Day in 2010, her husband gifted her a patio garden that has made at least a partial Martha Stewart out of the designer behind the unfussy L.A.-based line Bare. Her two young sons, Kieran and Simran, help her water the plants, and Kieran, not yet three, even plays chef de cuisi... READ MORE »
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    Jeet Sohal’s From-the-Garden Refreshments Mint tea? Green smoothie? One of each, please.The veggies of their labors.Things in perfect symmetry do not particularly inspire Jeet Sohal—it’s nature’s disarray that gets her creative juices flowing. And, for Mother’s Day in 2010, her husband gifted her a patio garden that has made at least a partial Martha Stewart out of the designer behind the unfussy L.A.-based line Bare. Her two young sons, Kieran and Simran, help her water the plants, and Kieran, not yet three, even plays chef de cuisi... READ MORE »