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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Oscar De La Renta & his African Inspirations

Oscar De La Renta created this look for his Spring 2009 collection and it's a great example of the huge African inspiration that's been hitting the catwalk for the last year. Is it Obama? Is it the natural progression of things? or has African couture just reached its tipping point...maybe all three from the looks of what celebs and the masses are beginning to fall in love with. Either way, the continent is a beautiful source of inspiration with much much more to offer....and Hemma will be on the forefront bringing it to you!

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