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After two years of designing, I'm so excited to say my brand has been accepted to show at NYFW.
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Eman Idil was born out of a vision to make the world a better and more conscious place through everyday purchases.  I believe that we can charge the world by making strategic decisions about who we invest in. As a woman, it's important for me to uplift other women. As a child of immigrants, I know first hand the obstacles my mom and dad over came when they moved to Canada. I watched my parents work day and night to provide for me and my brothers. Often times, they were over qualified for the positions they filled. But they worked those jobs because they needed to. We needed them to. 

The first season of Eman Idil accessories was handmade by women in Morocco.
The first season of Eman Idil accessories was handmade by women in Morocco.

I wanted my company to believe in people like my parents. So at 23, my little vision became to life. We started off small - just me, my car and a few seamstresses. We didn't even have an office, and instead I'd load up my car every morning and drop off fabrics and patterns to each woman I worked with. My first team consisted of women who came to Canada as refugees. Those women taught me so much about business, integrity and staying true to my vision. And then we grew. 



I eventually began working with artists overseas. From Morocco, to Somalia,  Bangladesh and Malaysia - the people I worked with all had stories. And I wanted to tell them. There was the woman who left her children behind in Burma, and now worked at a Malaysian factory to support them. The woman in Bangladesh who embroidered my shoes who survived domestic abuse. And the mothers in Morocco who tanned and molded each pair of my shoes. 

Fanny pack, handmade in Saskatoon by Last Shoes.
Fanny pack, handmade in Saskatoon by Last Shoes.

I knew I was on to something. I did the unconventional thing, and slowed down. I wanted to create perfect products. There was no point in growing a business if quality wasn't where I needed to be. And so I spent the next year making prototype after prototype and finding people who fit with my brand. 

Sneak peek of one of the looks that will be on the runway at NYFW.
Sneak peek of one of the looks that will be on the runway at NYFW.



And then I applied, and was accepted, to show at NYFW. So here we are. Just two months shy of the biggest show of my life. I'm excited and terrified, but ready to share my project with the world. In collaboration with artists across the world, I've created a collection of garments, shoes and handbags that will change how we see fashion. Each piece comes with the story of the man or woman who made the piece, as a way of encouraging global community and getting people to ask "who makes my clothes?"

Granny boot, handmade in Saskatoon by Last Shoes.
Granny boot, handmade in Saskatoon by Last Shoes.

Supporting my vision means supporting the employment of dozens of men and women around the world, who are all trying to make a difference. Wouldn't it be wonderful if our favorite dress, or pair of shoes also created safe and fair employment for men and women? The truth is, it can. And I'm here to make that happen.

Love, 
Eman 

Ps, here's a look at some of the pieces that we've made for NYFW and the rewards for our backers.

Backer Rewards 

Star girl crop.
Star girl crop.
NYFW slingback in ivory. Handcrafted in Saskatoon by Last Shoes.
NYFW slingback in ivory. Handcrafted in Saskatoon by Last Shoes.
Woman x Eman Idil. Available in grey and black, in a crop and full length hoodie.
Woman x Eman Idil. Available in grey and black, in a crop and full length hoodie.
Luna turban, available in navy, black and maroon.
Luna turban, available in navy, black and maroon.
NYFW Granny boot. Available in black, ivory and camel.
NYFW Granny boot. Available in black, ivory and camel.
NYFW Oxfords, available in ivory and black with removeable gold detailing.
NYFW Oxfords, available in ivory and black with removeable gold detailing.
Wadani romper. Available in red, black and mauve.
Wadani romper. Available in red, black and mauve.
Velvet slides, handcrafted by women in Bangladesh.
Velvet slides, handcrafted by women in Bangladesh.
Woman x Eman Idil. Available in a crop, or full length hoodie in black, white and grey.
Woman x Eman Idil. Available in a crop, or full length hoodie in black, white and grey.

Risks and challenges

As a designer and a business owner, I've invested in creating products that will last a lifetime. Each piece has been carefully constructed to carry you through seasons and life transitions. I've grown my brand slowly because quality and ethical fashion takes time. The prototypes have been made, and all products have been made with care.

All products ordered will be delivered in a timely manner, and any manufacturing hiccups will be communicated with buyers well in advance. Each purchase will go directly towards paying for my New York Fashion Week Show.

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    A handwritten note, and a copy of the SS19 look book.

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    Velvet Turban

    Handmade in Malaysia, by a woman named Asima. Unable to find employment to support her family, Asima left her children in the care of her parents in Burma and travelled to Malaysia to begin work at a clothing factory. Eman Idil prioritizes working with women like Asima. Because no one should have to leave their children behind.

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    Star girl crop

    A lightweight crop top, made with an original graphic in collaboration with Black Orchid.

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    Straw basket (small)

    Hand woven by an artist in Morocco. Each purchase comes with the story behind the artist, and she learned to weave baskets.

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    You get your hands on the first streetwear line by Eman Idil. Choose from a number of graphics, printed on hoodies and sweatshirts.

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    Straw basket (large)

    Hand woven by an artist in Morocco. Each purchase comes with the story behind the artist, and she learned to weave baskets.

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    NYFW tickets!

    Thank you for your support! For $100, you'll be one of our VIP guests and will get a complimentary gift bag from one of our sponsors.

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    Leather fanny pack

    Handmade by Last Shoes in Saskatoon, this genuine leather fanny pack can be worn cross body or around your waist.

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    Velvet slides

    These shoes have been two years in the making. A dozen samples, 3 AM phone calls and redesign meetings later, they are finally ready to come home with you.

    When I design, I typically look for a person or company I want to work with. I look for the story, and then centre my designs around them and their skill set. When I met Fahmida, I knew I needed to work with her. She works with women who've survived domestic abuse in Bangladesh and offers them safe employment in her factory. It's that factory that made these beautiful velvet slides, with hand embroidered detailing.

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    Wadani Romper

    The Wadani Romper has become a staple look in Eman Idil collections, and has been constructed in fabrics that will carry you through the seasons.The look includes a corresponding corset belt. Available in red, black and mauve.

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    NYFW slingback

    Made out of Canadian leather, the NYFW slingback can be made in ivory, red or camel. Each pair has been made by the incredible staff at Last Shoes in Saskatoon.

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    NYFW Mules

    The ivory mules have been specially made by Last Shoes, as part of the Eman Idil NYFW show. With spray painted tips, these mules are the perfect pair of shoes to elevate the look of any outfit.

    Made out of Canadian leather, the NYFW mules can be made in ivory, red or camel. Each shoe has been made by the incredible staff at Last Shoes in Saskatoon.

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    NYFW Oxfords

    These oxfords were made in collaboration with Last Shoes in Saskatoon, and have been crafted out of genuine Canadian leather. The shoes are available in black or ivory, and the gold tassel is removable.

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    NYFW Granny Boot

    We're calling it this seasons It boot. In collaboration with Last Shoes in Saskatoon, we've made a unique pair of boots in ivory. And if that's not your color, that's okay, because for a pledge of $450 you can request these boots be made in the color of your choosing. Made out of authentic Canadian leather, we promise you'll never want to take them off.

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    Custom Cape

    These timeless looks have become a staple in all Eman Idil collections, and is one of our best sellers. For a pledge of $500, you can have a custom made wool cape to carry you throughout the seasons.

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    Design your own Eman Idil piece

    Asides from a giant THANK YOU, copy of our look book, and a hand written note, for a pledge of $1000 we will design one custom look for you.

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    Show sponsor

    This reward was created specifically for companies and businesses who are interested in sponsoring the New York Fashion Week show. Each sponsor will be included on ticket invites, and in all promotional material.

    Sponsorship packages can be tailored towards each businesses's needs. If you're interested in sponsoring the show, please get in touch at hello@emanidil.com.

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