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, April 29, 2009

African inspiration on 2009 Fashion

TIME magazine recently printed an 'Out of Africa' spread. The Beauty and Quality that comes from the continent has never been realized or appreciated as much as it is today. Designers in this spread include but not limited to LV, Dior, Lim, Choo, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Vivienne Westwood, Alexis Bittar. Hemma is in good company and as more designers are inspired by Africa, we are collectively creating intricate, luxe and timeless pieces that will stand the test of time.

Kudos to Arlenis Sosa Pena who is stunning as usual in this spread, breaking molds and blazing her own trail as one of the first and already hugely successful international Dominican super models. It's time for all of us to break the mold!

What do you think about these different looks?

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