ATER by scar-id is a line of ideas and objects within scar-id. Its definition is made through an open block of concepts, where words can be added or removed, according to the complexities and contradictions of those who design it and those who use it. The words must be appropriated, reordered and articulated, creating a narrative able to fulfil each one´s identity. In Latin, ater, perhaps of Etruscan Origin, was kept for a long time as the most common name for black. (1) In Ancient Rome ater was used to define dull black, inversely niger defined the bright black. The History elected niger, while ater disappeared from vocabulary. (1) free translation of Pastoureu, Michel, Preto: “História de uma Cor”, Orfeu Negro, 2014.

Sílvia Pinto Costa and Andre Ramos founded scar-id store in December 2013 leaving “on hold” their usual creative processes in the Fine Arts and Architecture. In the last three years their creative process was all directed to the curatorial work and the building process of scar-id´s allure, but now Sílvia and Andre finally found the ideal moment to carry their identity, not only for the concept of the store, but also for one if its principal parts: the product. The name ´scar-id` first appears in 2011 as a line of leather accessories. So when the idea of designing products was again on the table, they thought it would make all the sense to re-start by the beginning, but with another name. The brand ´scar-id` is today a reference on selling and promoting Portuguese design, national and internationally, leading its founders to the need of some kind of conceptual separation. Therefore, they created a new (sub-)brand: ATER by scar-id.

A line of leather accessories set ATER by scar-id´s is a collection of four essential, minimal, plain, products, black dull colour (ater), with no gender and no time. Each bag is produced one by one, made through a very manual process in a small factory in the suburbs of Porto. The details are reduced to the minimum and designed following the functional needs of each piece. IDATER71 is a hand and shoulder bag, robust, ideal for the day-to-day living. IDATER11 is an essential backpack, reduced to a zip that creates an inside-out barrier. IDATER20 is a functional bag, perfect for the fast movement of the urban routine. IDATER21 is a visual and functional debug of the ADATER71.

SCAR-ID STORE is an independent worldwide oriented design store, based in Porto, Portugal, that communicates and sells a selection of products made by Portuguese designers and brands, based on exclusivity, innovation and identity, in the areas of fashion, accessories, jewellery, furniture and product design. Between a store and a gallery, SCAR-ID presents a careful selection of small collections, limited editions and unique pieces of global design all designed and made in Portugal. Located in an old corner grocery store from the 50´s, in Porto´s Art neighbourhood, scar-id is also a product lab, an architecture office and a photography studio.

Sílvia Pinto Costa (Lisboa, 1983) is an Visual Artist by FBAUP. Before setting scar-id store, Silvia worked as fashion and product photographer and arts and communication teacher. Andre Ramos (Viseu, 1984) is an Architect by FAUP. Andre started to work on refurbishment projects, but in the last years went through interior design. With experiences completely opposite to management and trade, Sílvia and Andre are constantly discovering new ways to solve the problems they daily face, through differential perspectives that relates the creative process to the products, and the consumer´s identity to the contemporary culture.

Any brand is defined by a balance between individual expression and common compromise. If in scar-id store the compromise with the design discipline and the customers tend to overlap, ATER by scar-id would have to guarantee the conceptual freedom required for the individual expression. And returning to the description, given the complexities and contradictions of its founders, ATER by scar-id will not be (just) a brand of dull black leather accessories: black, minimal, pure, expression, individual, identity, leather, detail, rubber, skin, vision, genderless, layer, space, hand, ageless, narrative, accessories, woman, man, draw, plain, confident, anonymous, dull, bag, slow, offline, white, handmade, porto, neutrality, concept, touch, sculpture, niche, aesthetic, home, image, time, culture, feel, art, holes, marble, paper, city, independent, interior, idea, object, imperfection.

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