Brand Story

Arete Studio is a Shanghai based womenswear fashion brand that adopts a stance of thoughtfulness and empowerment towards living up to one’s full potential. Designs are inspired by founder Jasmine Ting's and Head Designer Christina Liao's formative years in New York shaped with Chinese heritage, shaping East/West inspirations and technical craftsmanship into cosmopolitan ease and effortless style. Arete’s purpose is to bring forth a new vision of international fashion that speaks to modern women who play many different yet important roles in life. As such, Arete’s silhouettes and materials strike a delicate and unique balance between the hard and soft, strong and graceful, feminine and masculine.

Arete is pronounced [ahr-i-TEY], and takes its name from the ancient Greek word for human excellence. It is the designer’s hope that Arete’s designs successfully allow wearers to express their character, values, and points of view through sartorial revelation. Original design, handcraftsmanship, wearability, and ultimate quality are Arete’s core tenets.

Since Arete’s Spring/Summer Collection launch in 2014, the brand has been honored to be highlighted in media publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Numero, Marie Claire, Grazia, Madame Figaro, and other magazines. Celebrities who prefer Arete include T-ara, Li Bing Bing, Chiling Lin, and other notable key influential leaders in Asia.