LEBLANCSTUDIOS is a Dominican clothing brand founded in 2014 by Angelo Beato & Yamil Arbaje. With an awareness of globalization, highlighting personal identity and the blend of races, LEBLANCSTUDIOS strives to become a social, cultural and political movement that empowers a generation of young people across all continents to express themselves.
TIMELINE / HISTORY
Angelo Beato and Yamil Arbaje founded LEBLANCSTUDIOS in 2015.
That same year, they presented their first collection, Fausse Geometrie, at the Dominican Republic Museum of Modern Art.
In 2016 they launched their second collection, Kaputt, at the Museo Casa de Bastidas in the Dominican Republic. This collection earned them a place in the finals of the San Pellegrino Young Talents Award. This same year Yamil Arbaje began studying fashion design at the Chavon School of Design.
On June 8th 2017, in partnership with Rodolfo Dietsch, they presented a collection called Ready-Made Objects at the Distrito store.
On August 24th 2017, White Shirt by LEBLANCSTUDIOS was launched at Mamey Libreria Café.
LEBLANCSTUDIOS presented Singular Unity at Dominicana Moda on October 21st 2017 at the Ozama Fortress, Dominican Republic. Through this collection, LEBLANCSTUDIOS was invited to take part in the Ibero-American Biennial in Madrid in 2018.
In May 2018, Yamil Arbaje was awarded a full scholarship to the Parsons School of Design in New York City.
In June 2018, LEBLANCSTUDIOS opened its first store, TESSERACT, designed and built by Estudio Caribe in the Dominican Republic.
Its Murder is my Business collection was then launched at the Tesseract store.
On September 27th 2018, in partnership with Sindicato—an art collective founded by Quisqueya Henriquez and Laura Castro—LEBLANCSTUDIOS held an art exhibition, Form and Formless, at the Tesseract store.
In November 2018, the Singular Unity collection was shortlisted in the finals of the Design and Entrepreneurship category at the Ibero-American Biennial in Madrid.
In December that same year, LEBLANCSTUDIOS launched a second joint initiative with Rodolfo Dietsch, Plastic People, at the Tesseract store.
In May 2019, LEBLANCSTUDIOS was invited to design a collection for the Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana on the merit of the previous collection called Murder is my Business.
LEBLANCSTUDIOS is inspired by a need to translate and highlight fashion in the Dominican Republic as a medium for chronicling, denouncing, exposing, educating, and generating new debates in our society. The focus of our brand is to define our culture and identity through exploring conversation pieces like food, gestures, behaviors, and discussion. Our clothing also opens up spaces for socio-political and historical contexts with the aim of informing these issues as part of our national debate.