Essential Women: Emily & Meritt
"We want to be multifaceted, fearless, and forever open to exploring new ideas, projects, and opportunities."
Whether it be through their lasting best friendship dating back to the days of UCLA, or their joint fashion and business ventures, they embody the ideals of female empowerment and soft strength. We’re huge fans of their work—Founders and Creative Directors of cult denim brand CURRENT/ELLIOTT (exited in late 2012), and celebrated Americana womenswear collection THE GREAT, interior design collaborators with Pottery Barn, stylists, authors of A Denim Story, the list goes on.
We had the pleasure of speaking with Current and Elliott in their innovative office space—a dynamic fusion of showroom, photo studio, and workspace. Its high ceilings, streaming light and touches of greenery gave us the warm feeling of (an impeccably designed) home. As if their incredible story of partnership couldn’t offer anymore authenticity, they live on the same street, just walking distance from their office. Get to know these trailblazing women with whom we are truly smitten.
"We are so lucky to be part of an ever-growing network of women who cheer each other on, promote each other, and creatively and strategically collaborate. This has been a true highlight of our journey."
Who are your female influences? Emily: Our kindred friendship is our greatest source of influence and empowerment; we have a unique understanding of the other’s struggles and strengths. We frequently look to our friends, Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, for inspiration on balancing a partnership and successfully running a dynamic business. We also take notes from great female thought-leaders and risk-takers throughout history—everyone from Amelia Earhart (fearlessness!) and Martha Stewart (craftiness!) to Malala Yousafzai (activism!), and Madonna (pushing the limits!).
What connected you to Cuyana? Meritt: We feel kindred with Cuyana’s clear point of view, ambitious work ethic, and sense of optimism. We love that their business is rooted in friendship, quality, and style. We are lucky to call Founders Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah our friends, and Cuyana one of our favorite brands.