Written by Mary Catherine McAnnally Scott | Photos by Evan Anderson
A Black Mountain Company Stakes Its Claim on the Skincare Market & Daily Routines Everywhere
In a sea of millennial hustle, Emma Allen stands apart.
Clad in a chunky, chocolate brown knit and broken-in black denim, radiant skin glowing from underneath a surgical mask, Allen is totally at home in her office. She talks about her former life in New York, sorting through piles of other people’s unwanted clothing, looking for gems.
“Eighty percent of what gets donated in the US doesn’t get resold. There’s just too much,” she says, her long chestnut hair lying in a chic braid over one shoulder. She describes the facility where she worked, which received around 75,000 pounds of clothing a day, and her job, which was to find the discarded treasures. “I loved that job. We would find the most incredible things,” she says. ”We found a Lakota Indian dress with specific beads that they would use for trading. I mean, museum-quality stuff.”
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