Hemma creates fresh, elegant collections using authentic hand-woven Kente, a textile rich in African royal tradition. Kente began to flourish in West Africa in the 17th century and still remains prominent representing social prestige, luxury, and cultural sophistication. Each garment is uniquely handmade from intricately hand-woven Kente imported from Ghana. By incorporating the same techniques used to dress Ghanaian nobility for centuries, Hemma allows each client to exude royalty. By investing in quality pieces that last a lifetime, the lives of Ghanaian school children are also impacted. A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to a West African middle school where the designers instructed classes.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thank Goodness It's Wednesday

On the elevator into work today a women commented to her work buddie: "Thank goodness it's Wednesday, half of the week is almost over." Before that moment, I was semi-oblivious to what day it was, and certainly didn't compare it to its proximity to the weekend. Then I began thinking: do I really want to be in my late thirties waiting for the days to pass me by for two days of relief only to start it all over again? No!
Edna and I are optimistic about Hemma's success, so optimistic that we both deferred Columbia University, her science studies and my acceptance to Columbia Law, in order to fully devote our time to the launch. I am not too sure if I will solely practice law in the future, but I definitely don't want to be in a position in which I am counting down the days of my life. I am pretty sure that is an end everyone wants to reach, how will you?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Shecky's Girl's Night Out

Shecky's Girl's Night Out is an event that doesn't dissapoint. Cindy and I went to this event in hopes of networking and seeing how other designers interact with customers. Events like these are great if you are an emerging brand because it's a great place to get your feet wet. There was everything from jewelry, clothing, to hair products. Attending industry events like this really helps to get the creative juices flowing and its a source of support to see so many people following their artistic dreams.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ghana Flashback - The Beaches

There are so many reasons why one must love Ghana, the beautiful beaches has to be top on the list. Edna and I loved visiting them, Bojo Beach is one of our favorites.
There is never a crowd at these beach since it belongs to a private resort.
The boat ride that you have to take travel there adds to its charm.
The local LaBodi Beach is great on Wednesday evenings when live reggae music is played. This is where Edna and I saw a giant turtle lay its eggs within the sand. It was like a live taping of a National Geographic show!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

FIT v. Parsons - The Battle of Fashion Studies

Took a visit to Parsons Admissions today and spoke with a counselor to narrow down this FIT v. Parsons war I had on my mind for a while.
I told her my interests: intensive summer study for two sessions for the following skills in order of importance:
Sewing Pattern Making Drawing/Sketching Furthering my knowledge of textiles
Here's what I learned: She told me that there are two programs: the Summer Intensive or the AAS Certificate Program. The Summer Intensive is more conceptual with courses touching on Fashion Concepts and Sketching, not focusing on anything else on my list. The AAS Certificate program has a course that does Sewing, Pattern Making, but it is one course that touches on both, not an intensive study to learn and fine tune skills. I told her about Hemma, and my completion of NYU and that I just needed professional skills. Then said she honestly told me FIT is a better fit for my needs. The Parsons programs offered for the summer are more conceptual and combine the areas that I am interested in, they are not as straight to the point.
Now a trip to FIT is needed to confirm my choice, I'll tell you all about it soon!