Ms. Emma Gage
Carlson FO, Founder, MELKE Sustainable Fashion
Emma Gage launched MELKE in 2020, creating a genderfluid collection through sustainable manufacturing practices of separates, outerwear, dresses and knitwear. The Minneapolis native seeks to empower those who wear the collection and encourage them to style the items to best showcase their identity. The knitwear pieces are handcrafted in India, in partnership with Knit One, Change One (KOCO), a sisterhood of artisans that breaks economic and education cycles and provides financial independence for women. Prior to launching the brand, Emma studied fashion design and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marist College. She was the two time winner of the YMA Fashion Scholarship as well as the Kate Spade and Company Foundation Scholarship - her designs and work focus on luxury and high fashion within the realms of sustainability. MELKE debuted at NY Fashion Week in February 2022.