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Meet Morgan Childers of Emcē Studios in Echo Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan Childers.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As a born and raised Angelino, Los Angeles has always been a very special place for me. I grew up as a vegetarian – hiking, surfing, and frequenting museums in and around Los Angeles – unknowingly developing a lifelong love and appreciation for the city. I pursued a career in fashion design and construction, studied at SAIC in Chicago, and went on to work for a variety of brands large and small, in Paris, NYC and in Los Angeles.

There came a point when I realized a gap existed between the emphasis of a collection’s relevance – and a lack of emphasis on the it’s raw materials, packaging, and origin. This realization made it increasingly difficult for me to continue working as a designer. I became agitated with the industry, with ideas of greenwashing, and with a lack of responsible companies to go and work for as a conscientious designer.

This was the inception of EMCĒ Studios – where the goal has been from the beginning to redirect the focus from quantity onto quality, to ensure complete transparency, and to assure that our values remain intact throughout every decision. As Covid-19 has begun changing the current landscape of the industry, I believe its important for EMCĒ and other companies who are concerned about the environment and the state of the fashion industry, to look inwards and focus on our every decision. For EMCĒ Studios, a female-founded and driven brand, this means local and fair production, and utilizing up-cycled materials, vegan leathers, and organic fabrics.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
When I started out, difficulties were abundant; struggles included cold calling and not receiving responses, developing a team of reliable local manufacturers, and sourcing materials that coincide with my values – such as non-plastic hardware and trims.

I think perseverance is key, along with being value-driven and being able to explain and prove how you are problem-solving. It takes time, as people hesitate to take risks and open up to a new brand, but I think it’s important to ask questions, push boundaries, and build community.

Please tell us about Emcē Studios.
EMCĒ Studios was founded on a commitment to create innovative pieces that are both responsibly sourced and created for contemporary individuals. EMCĒ is an androgynous label that is devoted to the design and creation of elevated garments with transparent practices. We work to create responsibly sourced collections, with a refined Californian presence, to produce elevated and innovative pieces. All products made by EMCĒ Studios are made in Los Angeles – with a promise to eco-friendly and humane practices that produce high quality, well-made garments and accessories. As ethical factories and conscious decision making are huge factors of our DNA, we focus on using only responsibly sourced materials for all of our products. This means sourcing fibers such as hemp, organic cottons, vegetarian leathers, and up-cycled fabrics. Our environmental ethos extends to packaging and shipping and we only use recyclable materials for handling garments. EMCĒ continues to defy expectations by pushing the boundaries of the expected to produce designs that are innovative yet minimal, unique but uncomplicated, and always responsibly sourced and impeccably crafted.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would have placed more emphasis on starting my own business sooner, rather than later.

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Image Credit:
Photographer: Bjarne Bare, Models: Erika Braukis and John Tuite, Hair: Brian Cowell, Make up: Cat Wilkins, Set Design: Bradley Cowell

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