Emma Allen always wanted to be a designer, but after witnessing the unethical, environmentally damaging practices behind many commercial labels, she knew she had to go the small, sustainable route.
After studying at FIT and working in the vintage industry, the young designer recently launched Khepri NYC, an alluring new line of handbags crafted entirely from salvaged goods.
Named for the Egyptian god of resurrection, Allen's inspired creations are born from luxe lambskin bomber jackets, vintage laundry sacks and cozy wool blankets from the Hudson Bay Company, whose origins date back to the North American fur trade. While each bag is impeccably stitched, it's the expert work in the distressed leather satchel ($625) and the equestrian-inspired Rebel and Co. tote ($595) that elevates them to effortlessly contend with this season's "It" bag.
Most compelling are Khepri's patriotic totes, constructed of American flags from the '50s and motorcycle jackets and lined with canvas from recycled military tents.
We completely admire Allen's values and also how she has rendered a collection of covetable, high-end pieces from unlikely sources.
She gets an A for effort.