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pany line. “We did two bags and two belts,” he says. Despite having worked with some of the biggest players in the American fashion industry, and being distributed internationally, Emil Erwin has no plans on changing its formula. “We design stuff that’s supposed to be used every day, for a lifetime,” he tells me. “We don’t make stuff that’s just going to be fashionable now. Our main focus is on functionality and durability, without neglecting the aesthetic.” This ethos is evident in all of their products. His signature style is hardy but refined, raw but elegant. Everything is made with an immaculate attention to detail—which leads to products that are sophisticated in construction, yet simple in design. When I ask the two where the brand draws aesthetic inspiration from, I receive a variety of answers. Leslie cites classic American brands and old military wear. Emil says he’s equally inspired by “the clever way they assemble the Lil’ Debbie racks you find in gas stations.” He even compares his bags to another influence of his—nature. He points out to me that trees can be beautiful, yet everything they’re composed of—limbs, leaves, bark, roots—serves a unique, functional purpose. Emil Erwin operates under the same spirit—the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A zipper is just a zipper, and a rivet is just a rivet—until you match it with a pocket. No one part of the equation can walk alone. But when constructed thoughtfully, the beauty becomes self-evident.

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