Never Check Your Coat Origins


Never Check Your Coat was birthed by it’s Founder, and Chief Creative Officer Travis Au-Ndiaye and it’s other effulgent Co-Founder 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 art 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 cogent goods, direct to consumer, e-commerce only, Black owned business based out of Brooklyn, New York. We truly value building relationships with our followers, supporters, and our community. While simultaneously creating opportunities for all the Black and Brown creatives that have been ignored and ostracized.

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: Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood, Trinity Place Brooklyn, LGBTQ, and the Tillary Street Women’s Shelter in Brooklyn to name a few.

 We have no desire to participate in the normal fashion system of white supremacy and classicism. We are here to create, and build an extremely progressive collective that’s in service to Black and Brown people.

 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 Black and Brown communities around the world.

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