Never Check Your Coat Origins


Never Check Your Coat was birth by it’s Founder, and Chief Creative Officer Travis Au-Ndiaye and it’s other effulgent leader and Chief Operations Officer Kira Lasley. The premise of the brand came about after Travis had worn a custom made leather coat he had designed to the MOMA one cold winter evening in 2019.

While in line, he received many compliments on the coat, and many inquiries regarding where he had purchased the coat from. Travis went on to check his coat to view the art, and went into the museum for 2 hours. Upon returning to pick up his coat, the attendant had imparted that his coat was gone.

Kira looked at Travis in that moment and asserted, “Never Check Your Coat” with laughter. On the cold train ride back to Brooklyn, Kira suggested that the pair start a luxury brand collective based around their collaborative and creative efforts because people really tended to love their art, designs, merchandise, and ideas.

That was the mental inception of Never Check Your Coat that night on the A train. We’re a luxury goods, direct to consumer, e-commerce business based out of Brooklyn, New York. We truly value building relationships with our followers, supporters, and our community. 

We will be introducing many community based initiatives that we will be starting and supporting alike in the near future. We’re very passionate about initiatives/ causes like human rights organizations: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, Trinity Place Brooklyn, LGBTQ, and the Tillary Street Women’s Shelter in Brooklyn to name a few..

We believe that the creation of quality art is the birth of culture. We also wholeheartedly believe that beautiful art means nothing if it isn’t used and is in service to change people’s dismal circumstances. This work is a monumental part of our journey and commitment to our communities around the world.

Thank you all so much for your support, love and light.