A Push for Creativity

We all have moments in our lives that drastically impact our paths. One of those moments that Rachel remembers very vividly was speaking to her high school ceramics teacher:

"Growing up, I’ve always been the artistic/creative type: the type of kid to build mud castles; doodle over homework & class notes. I was one who would pick bicycles, paints & art supplies over gaming consoles. (Although, I enjoyed gaming too.) I found it difficult to conform to practical, academic paths. My parents were somewhere in between wanting to support my talents, but not believing in the future of art, and
wanting me to be 'normal'..
They pushed for us (their kids) to take as many AP, SAT, college prep, and weekend Chinese school as they could. Our family discouraged extracurricular activities that could distract from our academics, including art & music.

In high school, I signed up for ceramics because our school required one art class for graduation. While I was there, I found myself spending time, outside of class hours, back on the pottery wheel or at the class workbench. This class was where I sculpted a large dragon, which was placed into the school’s and my first art show. Near graduation, my ceramics teacher asked what I had planned for the future. I told her practical career paths, but that I wasn’t quite sure. It was then that I heard the first words of encouragement for this path. She sat down with me, explained how much talent she saw in me, and encouraged me to pursue art --
to not let it go to waste.
Although my family is more supportive now that I’m older, it was because of this encouragement from my high school ceramics teacher that had originally helped me realize my creative talents.

So we continue to build Atelier Emi to encourage others to also embrace their creativity -- to persevere in a society where so many people have yet to see the value in art. We aim to one day teach this beautiful craft to others. More specifically, to the younger generations and those who may need someone to help them realize their artistic potentials, like someone once did for me."

— Rachel Chen, Founder & Leather Artisan

Supporting Arts Education for Our Youth

We're honored to support P.S. ARTS, a non-profit organization that is a leader in the field of arts education. They are dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools & communities  — by providing art supplies, starting art programs, spreading awareness, and more!

A portion of your purchase will go directly towards supporting arts education for our youth. 🌱

For more information on this humanitarian organization, please visit P.S. ARTS website here →

Our Promise

Emi brand leather goods are hand crafted in our small home-based business. Sewing machines are non-existent in our shop, as we hand-stitch every product for maximum durability. We dedicate hours, days, weeks or even months on every item. Our hands are involved in the entire process, from cutting the leather to sewing it together. 

Yes, leather comes from animals. However, we believe that because of this very reason, we should treat leather with the utmost respect. We believe that this beautiful material deserves the appreciation of something that is luxurious, high-quality and life-lasting. We believe that every detail should be addressed, no matter how small, and no step should go unnoticed. To carry on traditional leather craft techniques, and in saddle stitching by hand for a more intimate appreciation of the craft itself.

We also believe in sustainability by supporting tanneries who try to minimize their environmental impact, and are transparent on where their leather is coming from and their manufacturing practices. We promise this, and hope that our loyal customers can see the love, care, and passion in our work.

View our production process page here, to see how Emi Leather Goods are made.