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Behind The Scenes

Inside Bare's Small Wonder of a Studio

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, 16 months) to get in some quality mom time. Here, a look at some of the cool deets that pepper the space. —dana covit “I guess you could say I’m Type A-. Before I had kids, nothing was ever out of place, and the bench was neat & tidy—you could eat lunch off it!” “One of the many perks of our unique location is the gorgeous green we’re surrounded by. On busy days, it may just be what we see on our way in and out of the studio, but on other days, it’s nice to take a walk outside or drink some fizzy water in the cabana while fielding phone calls from vendors or suppliers.” “Since I believe in being a deliberate consumer, we try and use/reuse everything in our studio, down to cutting-room leather scraps. When you get past the storage nightmare, it’s really a great way to innovate. We create items that utilize these pieces so that we can translate at least 95% of our raw materials into products that we hope are timeless.“ “We hang our current patterns off the side of our worktable so we can reference them whenever we need to.  Since we cut our bags to order, they actually come out quite often!” “We have our Bare Bones acrylic pieces–right now, we’re doing stacking rings, cuffs, and some necklaces that are laser-cut locally. Our current obsession is figuring out what to do with the skeletons. I’m loving the idea of creating a window or screen with the panels.” Get Jeet’s clutch! The last edition of the Of a Kind holiday season!
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Jeet Sohal's From-the-Garden Refreshments

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 cuisine for one of her two favorite homegrown drinks—drink up the recipes below. —dana covit Crazy-Fresh Mint Tea“Since I’m not a caffeine person—it gives my hands the jitters, making jewelry and bag work a bit difficult!—mint tea makes a great, refreshing alternative. I love having it in this sweet vintage cup I scooped up from the Rose Bowl Flea Market, or over ice for a brisk A.M. beverage.” Directions:Wash a handful of mint leaves—we have an Egyptian mint plant. Steep for 1-3 minutes in boiling water until desired strength is achieved. Greens-On-Greens Smoothie“Three to five times a week, my son Kieran makes my husband and I a green smoothie largely from garden picks. It’s a great way for us to use up any overripe bananas, which we stockpile in our freezer. The apple is optional, but we like a frozen one thrown in for a creamier smoothie. Sim, Eric, and I always love drinking Kieran’s specialty green creations—even if he prefers red or blue smoothies himself.” Ingredients:½ head (about 2 cups) of romaine lettuce2 cups dark leafy greens (spinach, chard, kale, whatever!)2-3 celery stalks½-1 lemon, peeled1 overripe banana (preferably frozen)1 apple or pear (preferably frozen)½-1 cup of iceWater as needed Directions:Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on highest setting until smooth. See what else Jeet makes: a so-amaze, just-sparkly clutch (that you can only get right here, duh).
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