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MEET THE DESIGNER: ARAMLEE

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Aram Lee doesn’t do too well with limitations. As she puts it, “I’m always drawn to something that has more than one option.” Fittingly, she’s done a pretty amazing job of creating opportunities for herself. Born and raised in South Korea, she took an early interest in design and studied metalwork at Seoul National University. After a stint making fine jewelry (not her thing), she finally found her groove. “I always liked working with handbags—they’re more three-dimensional, and the possibili... READ MORE

Aram Lee doesn’t do too well with limitations. As she puts it, “I’m always drawn to something that has more than one option.” Fittingly, she’s done a pretty amazing job of creating opportunities for herself. Born and raised in South Korea, she took an early interest in design and studied metalwork at Seoul National University. After a stint making fine jewelry (not her thing), she finally found her groove. “I always liked working with handbags—they’re more three-dimensional, and the possibilities are endless,” she explains. She took off for New York, studied accessories at FIT, and scored jobs at Gap and Kate Spade.

But even super-resilient Aram isn’t immune to burnout, and it was during a bit of a break from her accessories gigs that she had a eureka moment. Frustrated with her day bag’s size, she cut up a bunch of leather panels and stapled them together into a foldable, origami-like creation that could transform from a tote to a slim crossbody. The pattern made designing bags seems shiny and new again, and in 2016, she started selling a line of two- or three-in-one creations. They’re no-waste, too, since Aram re-uses any scraps for smaller pouches—because if anyone’s equipped to explore every possibility, it’s her.

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