Sarah Contrucci Smith
Sarah Contrucci Smith is the founder and designer at Ara Collective, a home goods company that collaborates with artisans to curate handcrafted pieces that blend their traditional craftsmanship with modern style. Inspired by the warmth and wildness of her childhood in Indonesia, she’s drawn to the eloquence of age-old designs and the complexity of artisanal techniques. She believes the high quality 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. After living in Indonesia, Uganda, Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala, she now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Blake, and their 100 lb. Rhodesian Ridgeback, River. At any given time you’ll find Sarah outdoors near some body of water, dreaming up her next international adventure, or curled up with a big bowl of mashed potatoes.