Founded in 2011 and based in New York, Emm Kuo is a designer accessories brand founded by Emmaline Kuo Ranzman. Appreciation for quality materials and a strong integrity to design and workmanship are the main principles behind the Emm Kuo accessories line. Architectural influences, strong textural contrasts and clean shapes render the collection modern yet classic.
The Emm Kuo brand aims to create accessories that are a harmonious mix of style, sophistication and versatility. Each piece is treated like a work of art; intertwining only the most luxurious European leathers, exotic skins and customized hardware in a intricate, but understated way.
Born in Taipei and raised between Hawaii, New York and Hong Kong, Emmaline Kuo Ranzman developed an early love of travel and appreciation of world cultures that has left an indelible mark on her design aesthetic. While receiving a BA from New York University in design marketing and art history, she immersed herself in the NYC fashion world as an intern.
Upon graduating, she went on to work at one of the pioneers of the fashion dot-coms, as well as acted as a fashion consultant in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Realizing her true passion lay on the creative side, Emmaline enrolled at Parsons School of Design where she received a graduate degree in fashion design and went on to design at Catherine Malandrino and for legendary designer Stephen Burrows.
Her love of exploration and experiences of other cultures has led her to all corners of the globe, including extended stays in France, Spain, and the Middle East as well having visited over thirty different countries. These travels have been a constant source of inspiration, shaping who she is as a designer.