About

AVO is an art Practice

creating everyday

moments of awe

 

AVO CREATES LUXURY, TIMELESS, MONUMENTAL RUGS, TILES AND TAPESTRIES. THROUGH A PRACTICE OF OBSERVATION, WE USE COLOR, PATTERN AND MATERIAL AS TOOLS FOR STORYTELLING. WE BELIEVE IN THE THE POWER OF PROCESS AND OUR SURROUNDINGS TO SPEAK VOLUMES.

OUR DESIGNS USE TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES AND NATURAL MATERIALS THAT WEAR IN NOT OUT.

 

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History

Brit Kleinman founded AVO in 2014, with a simple passion for experimentation and deep appreciation for craft cultures around the world. She works along side her amazing team to keep growing and evolving AVO every day. Our studio is currently located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is an incredible glimpse into where NYC has been and where it is heading.

Since it’s beginning, AVO’s work has been recognized by Vogue, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Luxe Magazine, among many other national and international outlets.

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Material

One of the main materials we are drawn to in our work right now is leather. The natural beauty of leather means that no two piece are exactly alike. All the leather we use is a by-product and is a wonderful alternative for people with fiber/wool allergies. We add color and pattern by hand, embracing the integrity of the material. The artist's hand is inherent in everything we make, which distinguishes our pieces as works of art.

As you live with your AVO piece, the leather will evolve. It will soften, caramelize and gain depth to reflect the way you use it. It grows even more beautiful with age.


FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Brit Kleinman

Brit takes an anthropological approach to design, studying how objects that surround us reflect the culture in which we live. From travels around the world to daily adventures, Brit gathers inspiration from the ingenious ways people find different solutions to similar problems.

After growing up in Los Angeles, Brit headed to the east coast to study Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  She began her career designing soft goods for Samsonite, and Timberland, then made her way to New York to become head bag designer for Jack Spade. She continued her journey consulting with Shinola and Casper while creating The Way We Carry to look at how humans solve the most basic of problems.  In 2014, Brit branched off on her own to start AVO and launch her flagship collection of hand dyed leather rugs.

Photo by Kimberly M. Wang

Photo by Kimberly M. Wang