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Korina Emmerich | Mother of Waters Fall 2020 Collection

With everything that’s going on in the world, I wanted to look to elements that are really grounding to me. My goal was to create a place in my mind outside of the social unrest we’re collectively experiencing. As I often do in a time of distress, I look toward my homelands in the Coast Salish Territories, in the Pacific Northwest.

This collection, Mother of Waters, is inspired by the Cascade Mountain range, more specifically what we call Ti’swaq’, Tahoma or Tacoma Mountain, which is more widely referred to by its colonial name Mt. Rainier.

Model: Sequoia

HMUA: Deyah Cassadore 

Photographer: Korina Emmerich 

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This mountain in particular is really remarkable, known as The Mother of Waters because its glaciers melt off to become the head watersheds in the area, while at the same time it is an active volcano.

I looked to the duality of this mountain as a representation of both power and uncertainty. Much like our current circumstances.

— Korina Emmerich

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Korina Emmerich has built her Brooklyn NY based brand, EMME, on the backbone of Expression, Art and Culture. Her colorful work is known to reflect her Indigenous heritage stemming from The Coast Salish Territory, Puyallup tribe.

With a strong focus in social and climate justice while speaking out about industry responsibility and accountability, Emmerich works actively to expose and dismantle systems of oppression and challenge colonial ways of thinking. She serves on the Board of Directors for ​The Slow Factory Foundation​ and is a speaker and panelist at sustainable literacy events and global conferences discussing slow fashion, sustainability, dismantling white supremacy, environmental racism, Indigenous sovereignty, climate and social justice and combating systemic racism.

Items are made-to-order in her Brooklyn, New York studio located on occupied Canarsie territories. Most items are made from upcycled, recycled and all natural materials giving respect to the life cycle of a garment from creation to biodegradation.

Learn more about EMME and purchase items here.

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