How to make eco-friendly fashion? Melke, New York’s newest brand committed to all-natural, eco-friendly, plastic-free and 100% transparent fashion, announces its debut. Helmed by designer Emma Gage, MELKE is a gender-less brand that takes inspiration from nature and is impossibly chic yet functional.
With its inaugural collection for A/W 2021 entitled 49.0610° N, 94.8475°, Gage worked to demonstrate all that MELKE represents and will become. Inspired by family fishing trips, Emma’s creative process stays true to the emotions of her time in nature and each piece is carefully designed to tell a story. With convertible items such as a jumpsuit that transitions into a romper, and a dress that converts to a top and skirt; just like nature, the more you observe, the more you will discover.
About Emma- A graduate of Marist College, New York based Emma Gage launched MELKE in 2021 with a focus on designing sustainably and creating awareness around ethical fashion. Before launching MELKE, she worked as a designer at Happy X Nature, a brand focusing on sustainability and waste reduction. Prior to that, Gage worked extensively with Betsey Johnson and Nicholas K. Along with her work in design, she works closely with organizations to combat human trafficking and forced prostitution as well as the education of children and the fight against their institutionalization. Through MELKE, she blends her non-profit work and fashion design with a goal of creative expression and economic empowerment for all. Emma is a two-time winner of the YMA Fashion Scholarship as well as the Kate Spade and Company Foundation Scholarship.