Emily, our CEO & founder, was born in Seoul, South Korea and adopted to the US at the age of five. Driven by her creativity and passion for design, both of which were nurtured from a young age, Emily attended the University of Philadelphia’s Tyler School of Art, which is one of the most prestigious art colleges in the United States. Graduating with a BFA in Art History & Fine Arts, she packed her bags and moved to New York City, destined to start something of her own that would merge her love of art and fashion.
Once in the Big Apple, Emily gained valuable experience working with a number of well-known contemporary women's fashion brands, where she learned the “ropes”, being instrumental in launching more than 15 well-known brands for others.
Emily defines herself as a modern, savvy, strong, adventurous, and empowered woman who defines her own identity and style. As a mother herself, she is the embodiment of the “Rune Woman” that our brand represents. This set her on a course to design comfortable, stylish, fashion-forward clothing that the Rune Woman would want to wear. In 2013, she along with some supportive investors, created Rune NYC, and we were born. Emily’s creative mind is always at the forefront of the latest designs without losing sight of the fact that woman actually have to go through their busy lives actually wearing these fashions she has created.
So, Emily creates fashions that she actually loves, and you will too. There is passion in everything we do, from the designs Emily creates, to the team she empowers, to how our products are manufactured in our own factory, so that we can strive to be the most eco-friendly, sustainable brand you will ever wear.
To be good you have to do good- it's in our genes at Rune NYC.
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Designer/ Sustainable Ambassador
You will regularly find Bunny in one or another eccentric outfit, sharing the coolest stories in fashion, while effortlessly multi-tasking the day to day operations of the business. Bunny handles many phases of the operations, including design, development, production, and client communication.
Ashley brings over 14 years as a graphic designer in multiple fields of study, including email marketing campaign artwork design, building websites, motion graphics, UX/UI design, video editing, and fashion photography. Ashley combines both right-brain and left-brain creativity to bring her combined experience with her eye for colors and fashion makes her a valuable member of the team.
Production and Fulfillment
Michael is the heart and soul of our production and fulfillment center located in Salt Lake City, Utah (Red Wire Group). Michael brings over 20 years of cutting edge fashion and clothing retail experience specializing, in manufacturing apparel to the production of all of our designs. Michael is himself a founder of the successful Zuriick shoe and apparel company over 13 years ago. His unique ability to identify, attractant, and retain talent to our production and fulfillment center allows us to produce high quality designs at reasonable prices in both small and large quantities. His unique eye for design and production allows him to assist our designers to produce products that customers will love, that we can produce at prices they can afford that will really last. His fanaticism in doing things right has led him to engage with Bunny Yan to create the first “upcycling” sustainable factory in Salt Lake City: ours!
Under Michael’s leadership, our fulfillment center takes extraordinary efforts to use recyclable materials in all of our shipping to further strengthen our sustainability efforts.
In his personal life Michael takes his knack for technicality and attention to detail to the restoration of vintage automobiles.
Project Manager &
Brody is the key component that takes the dazzling designs from our NYC design center and creates mass producible products that our customer loves. Based on our Salt Lake City (Red Wire Group) production and fulfillment center, Brody’s team creates the samples, patterns and cut tickets needed for production. Critical to production is Brody’s careful management and ordering of all of the materials and design elements needing to be available for the production schedule to be efficient. As a designer and Brand manager himself, Brody has a strong sense for the RuneNYC brand vision, and with a background in business, marketing and mathematical design, he is critical to our success. All new designs go through Brody’s team before they are ever produced.
In his personal life Brody continue his fire with his own namesake fashion brand Brody Ashton. Brody sleeps, eats and breathes fashion!