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.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Shop Hemma at Sicaria.com!

Sicaria is an online boutique promoting luxury designers around the world. At Sicaria, shopping is not a transaction, it's an experience. You can now shop for Hemma exclusives at Sicaria.com!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Give the Gift of Education for the Holidays!

Give the gift that continues giving this holiday by improving education for the youth in Ghana, West Africa. Along with Hemma we created THE HEMMA FOUNDATION to raise money for La Yahoushua Junior Secondary School, where we taught in Ghana. 100% of the money donated to The Hemma Foundation benefits the school in the following ways -

-Scholarships

-Payment for the mandatory student uniforms

-School supplies and textbooks

-Payment for teachers

To give you an idea of how much your donation can impact a child, $20 is equivalent to a years tuition.

Read more about this Not For Profit and donate securely through Paypal.

Thank you for your generosity and for changing the lives of hundreds of students!!
We will publicize all of the wonderful things we are able to do after the New Year so you can see how you helped!
Edna + Cindy

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hemma Graces Jones Magazine

The fall edition of Jones magazine is the glorious Fashion Issue offering the best looks for the season – furs, prints, and Hemma! From the Gold Coast Corset to the Sena Dress, shop all of the looks featured in Jones Magazine on Hemma’s official website!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

NY Times Features Hemma Fashion Week Runway Show

We had a blast at the Hemma Fashion Week Runway Show at Tompkin's Square Park! Check out the full article by The New York Times. If you missed out on our shows, you can check Hemma out during our next runway show this Saturday, October 9th.
La Pomme 37 West 26th Street 8PM RSVP - events@thehemmacollection.com

Rule4080 Hits Hemma's Tompkins Square Park Runway Show

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fedoras... Hemma's Next Accessory?

Originally made for women in the late 1880s fedoras have made a complete 360 in fashion & now they are back again! A little history on them though, in the movie Fedora, the main actress wore a hat similar to what we today call fedoras. Women started wearing them all along East & Middle America. Men wore them mostly because it was an easy way to fight the cold, wind, and rain, and the the tip could be turned up when not in use. They were soon tossed in the fashion trash can when cars became smaller and had no room for these hats. Now we use them as a simple- yet stylish year-round accessory that can put a cool and sexy twist to any outfit. I do believe that we'll be seeing a lot more of these cute little hats in both men and women's fashion for a while. I bet you're wondering if Hemma has a line of fedoras, because you are so interested in having a fedora of your own or enhancing your current collection. Not to worry! Stay posted for our fedoras, they will be coming soon. What do you think of fedoras? Cute, quick piece or something that needs to be left in the past?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

HEMMA on Musiq Soul Child

Check out HEMMA on Musiq Soul Child in his & The Floacist's - latest song called Forever Hemma Ties on sale now!

Fame Addict @ The Waldorf

Fashion Week at The Waldorf!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hemma Fashion Show 2010 Dondo Magazine Gala

We had an amazing time at the Annual Dondo Magazine Achievements Gala. Check out exclusive behind the scenes footage of the event!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

HEMMA IN EBONY MAG-SEPT. 2010

Make sure to check Hemma out in this month's Ebony Magazine, ON STANDS NOW, with President Obama on the cover!

Look out for Obama in a Hemma tie very soon!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Hemma Rise: I

Check out Part 1 of Hemma on the Rise, our first V-Blog where you can take the journey with us to the top! http://ow.ly/2u5rH

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Afrique C’est Chic: Hemma Asante Jacket

Our Asante Jacket just made Africa Style Daily's J’DIE list! Get yours today on our official website or one of our New York City locations-

Some Odd Rubies 151 Ludlow & Rivington NYC (212) 353-1736

Darling 1 Horatio & 8th Ave NYC (646) 336-6966

Tribal Truths 117 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY (718) 643-8322

AvaMaria 107 Crosby & Prince NYC (212) 966-0909

Albertine 13 Christopher Street & Waverly NYC (212) 924-8515

Friday, August 13, 2010

Photographer Ernest Estimé Unveils ernestestimé.com

Hemma is pleased to announce the unveiling of photographer Ernest Estimé's long anticipated website. His work has taken him to great heights shooting the likes of Kanye West, Nas, Drake, and Edna and I for our feature in the May Issue of LUCKY Magazine.

Check out Ernest Estimé in action while we shot for LUCKY Magazine.

For bookings contact the photographer at info@ernestestime.com

Hemma Runway Show at Dondo Magazine's African Achievements Gala

View our collection at Dondo Magazine's First Annual African Achievements Gala Celebrating African Excellance and Culture

Saturday August 28, 2010

8:00PM-4:00AM

The Grand Ballroom, Armenia Hall

630 Second Avenue

New York, NY 10016

Contact Dondo Magazine for tickets today (347) 661-6352, dondoweb@yahoo.com

Monday, August 9, 2010

Vote for Hemma at BYOC to Benefit The Hemma Foundation

Hemma is pairing up with the community development organization Community Lab this Thursday for the last happy hour event of the summer to benefit global development. The networking events, called Bring Your Own Cause (B.Y.O.C.), brings together everyone from nonprofit organizations professionals, students, and anyone else interested in the topic. At the end of the event, everyone will vote for their favorite cause of the night with all proceeds going towards the winning non-profit organization. Stop by and vote for The Hemma Foundation to assist the educational system in Ghana.
Thursday August 12th The Delancey Lounge 168 Delancey Street 7-10PM

Friday, August 6, 2010

Hemma on MTV's TJ Finale

Tune in to the MTV TJ Search Finale this Sunday at 10PM to spot Hemma!
We had a great time at finalist DJ X's finale event at Sapphire Lounge. The designer showcase featured Stevie Boi's futuristic accessories, frocks covered in chains, and of course Hemma. There were also great performances by the talented Mickey Factz and Jesse Boykins.
Be sure to vote for DJ X during the finale!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cortney Renee on Hemma

Cortney Renee is the fashion resource for brands with a philanthropic mission. She promotes every fashion brand on the market that endeavors to make a difference. She thrives on motivating brands to live by her personal mantra: “True beauty comes from a heart that lives to give back”. We are proud to have collaborated with Cortney Renee and look forward to working together further in the future. We met Cortney when she came across Hemma at our Soho Trunk show last month and her passion for justice attracted her to Hemma and The Hemma Foundation.

She has a passion for both fashion and philanthropy, and she loves fashion that makes a difference. She hopes to inspire those around her to make a creative and engaging world contribution.

We applaude Cortney Renee for working towards equality and helping to make the world a safer, more educated world!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Oxfords

When it comes to comfy shoes whats the first thing that comes to mind, sneakers, sandals, ballet flats? Lately the shoe that comes to my mind is the oxford, although I must admit, at first I was rather intimidated by the traditionally mens shoe. For the longest time the oxford has been a classic staple in mens wear but is now no longer just for men, women are embracing this shoe as well. Pairing them with everything from dresses to jeans they always seem to look good and add a classic feel to any outfit.

Many styles of this shoe are now available if you want to opt for a less boyish traditional feel, from cutouts, bright colors, sequins, floral and even, animal print. One of the wildest pairs so far has to be the Christian Louboutin Freddy Flats, patent leather with spikes; these shoes will definitely get heads to turn. What do you think of oxfords? Do you love them, or would you rather stick to the simple ballet flat? of oxfords? Do you love them, or would you rather stick to the simple ballet flat?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

True Star

Check out a new post done by TrueStar in Chicago. Hemma is getting to be known around the globe and it's a beautiful thing to be able to spread awareness and culture around the globe. This is a youth oriented organization with eight programs that employ 150 student apprentices and seven adult instructors who collectively produce a 44-page quarterly publication as well as teen events. True Star was born from a needs assessment completed by urban youth in Chicago. The results overwhelmingly indicated youth needed employment, basic literary skills, professional development, and wanted to be heard by their peers and the community at large. We here at Hemma love TrueStar for their committment to the youth as we strive to also improve opportunities for the youth in Ghana through The Hemma Foundation. Be sure to check out this wonderful org!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Support Black Fashion! Hemma on Coco & Creme

Hemma is dedicated to giving back to the school that taught us so much about the rich royal history of Ghana while my partner and I volunteered as teachers. This Coco & Creme article highlights our philanthropic work to help provide support & scholarships to children unable to afford school. You can donate to La Yahoushua Junior Secondary School today by visiting our website.

Shop Hemma at our New York City locations or online & shop for a cause. A percentage of your purchase goes directly to help the educational system in Ghana.

Some Odd Rubies 151 Ludlow & Rivington NYC (212) 353-1736

Darling 1 Horatio & 8th Ave NYC (646) 336-6966

Tribal Truths 117 South Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY (718) 643-8322

AvaMaria 107 Crosby & Prince NYC (212) 966-0909

Albertine 13 Christopher Street & Waverly NYC (212) 924-8515

Monday, July 26, 2010

Drink for a good cause-Thurs 7/29 & VOTE for Hemma

Come out this Thursday-Drink for a GOOD cause. Hemma is collaborating with BYOC (Bring Your Own Cause)- A networking series put on once a month where everyone at the bar will vote on the cause they feel the most. Come out and help Hemma WIN!! The cause that wins gets 10% of the bar. When Hemma wins, we will be giving it all to our educational charity, the middle school we both taught in Ghana. NETWORK, DRINK, AND HELP OUT THE KIDS

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Behind the Scenes of the LUCKY Mag Photo Shoot

We were so excited to shoot for LUCKY Magazine's Give Back feature on Hemma and The Hemma Foundation. To find out how you can impact the educational system in Ghana, visit the Charities section of our official website.

Check out full photo coverage from the LUCKY Magazine shoot.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pop The Trunk: Exclusive Peek Inside the Hemma Trunk Show

If you missed the last Hemma Trunk Show at AvaMaria, Check out this recap on FBENOW.COM, the online magazine for young entrepreneurs.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hemma on Everything She Wants

We got a chance to meet Tracy of Everything She Wants during the Hemma Trunk Show at Darling. If you missed the last event, be sure to stop by the next trunk show:
Friday, July 23rd & Saturday, July 24th AvaMaria 107 Crosby Street & Prince, NYC

enjoy cocktails, exclusive deals on Hemma & a gift bag with each purchase

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Museum at FIT's Exhibition Japan Fashion Now

The first of its kind--the Japan Fashion NOW exhibition--opening in September 2010, and running through January 2011 at the Museum at FIT, explores the evolution of Japanese culture through dress and adornment over the past few years. Examples of this include the avant-garde looks of the eighties, as well as the child-esque styles that were introduced much later. Check out the Hemma empire skirt that pays homage to traditional African fashion.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hemma in Japan Weekly

Kinue from Japan Weekly caught up with us during the Hemma Trunk show at AvaMaria. This marks our first international newspaper feature... is it a coincidence that our first online order came from Japan?

We love Japanese fashion for the innovation, colors, and mixing and matching of textures. We have our eye on the market and Hemma will be sold there soon!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

NYChic: Dreams of Kente

NYChic is an amazing magazine created by the fashion aficionados attending NYU. After interning with us last semester, Justina Lee wrote this fabulous article. Congrats Justina, we will be keeping an eye out for your work!

Interested in interning with Hemma? Email your resume & cover letter to employment@thehemmacollection.com

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hemma's Must Reads

Hemma recently turned 2 this month and it made me reflect on how much the company evolved since the initial brainstorm meetings at Think Coffee right after graduation. We evolved tremendously learning a great deal about the industry, business, and ultimately life. Recently, we have been talking more about the separation that must exist between business and personal life. Not allowing set-backs in business to permeate into our everyday life along with not allowing it to have a negative effect on future business matters.

On a continual quest to learn more, I picked up “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office – 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers” by Lois P. Frankel. Frankel is the president of a successful consulting firm specializing in executive coaching and leadership development. Although some references were outdated and tailored towards women on Wall Street, I found this book extremely eye-opening. Here are two mistakes from “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” that I am working on -

1. Making Miracles – “Women take pride in the fact that they can do more with less, meet or beat impossible deadlines…you must be realistic about establishing work habits and not thinking you have to be a superwoman to be effective.” Tips: Set realistic daily or weekly goals, ask for help, & manage people’s expectations.

2. Ignoring the Importance of Networking Relationships – “We all need to call on relationships every now and then to help us out professionally. And remember: When you need that relationship, it’s already too late to build it.” Tips: Join and actively participate in groups that involve your profession, tell yourself spending time building relationships is not a waste of time, & keep a database that includes the people you meet and information they shared with you.

The other 99 mistakes outlined by Frankel include habits that one may not immediately deem detrimental as polling before making decisions. I appreciated Frankel’s attempt to touch on societal roles that influence the behavior and treatment of women in the workforce. Pick it up to find out more.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Harlem's Hemma Couture

Harlem World (the official guide to all things Harlem) recently published an article about Hemma. We are proud members of the community with the Hemma Showroom located in the heart of Harlem. Special thanks to the very talented stylist Monique Marie for the story about our collection. For appointments to view The Hemma Showroom, email us at inquiries@thehemmacollection.com.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Shop Hemma at Some Odd Rubies

Some Odd Rubies stands apart from the plethora of boutiques in the Lower East Side. They have a great selection of innovative vintage and new dresses with refreshing colorful prints and beautiful embroidery. I stopped by yesterday and had a refreshing conversation with the owner Ruby who is also dedicating her time to philanthropic efforts abroad. Check out our official website to learn how you can assist the educational system in Ghana. With the beautiful weather underway, there's no better time to shop Hemma at Some Odd Rubies.
Some Odd Rubies
151 Ludlow & Rivington
New York, NY 10002
(212) 353-1736

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Elle Magazine's Women in Music Concert

Hemma joined Elle Magazine this past Wednesday as the Elle Women in Music Concert celebrating the July issue featuring Rihanna, Alicia Keys,& Christina Aguilera. The concert featured performances by The Like, Kelis, and to our surprise - the legendary Patti LaBelle! LaBelle's high notes were as powerful as ever and she barely had to sing her hit Lady Marmalade as the crowd sang along word for word.
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The Like performs He's Not a Boy
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Kelis performs Milkshake & Acapella
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Patti LaBelle performs Lady Marmalade

Shopping With the Pros - Darling on AmNY

The editors of AmNew York picked their favorite boutiques in NYC for summer shopping with Darling among the best to snag summer frocks. Darling is also one of our favorite boutiques and where you can shop Hemma today. There's an amazing selection of whimsical dresses, one of a kind jewelry, and Hemma originals exclusive to Darling. Stop by and enjoy! Darling, 1 Horatio Street New York, NY 10013, (646) 336-6966

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hemma Garden Party Video by FBE.Now


We had a great time at The Hemma Garden Party at Darling located in the West Village. Check out the video by FBE.now, a premier online magazine for young entrepreneurs. Did you miss The Hemma Garden Party in May? Don't fret, stop by Darling today to shop Hemma! Darling 1 Horatio Street & 8th Avenue New York, NY 10013 (646) 336-6966

Monday, June 7, 2010

Join Us at The Hemma Trunk Show at AvaMaria

The Hemma Garden Party on CDTV

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CDTV recaps The Hemma Garden Party at Darling.

The Hemma Garden Party at Darling

We had a great time at The Hemma Garden Party on Saturday, May 22. The party was hosted in Darling - a chic boutique in the West Village where Hemma is sold. It was a warm Saturday, perfect weather for the refreshing cocktails in the garden. The collection was featured with the new Sena Dress unveiled with a jewel neckline and added blue kente detail perfect for the summer. Guest enjoyed exclusive gift bags and 15% off each Hemma purchase. We also featured The Hemma Foundation - where a percentage of each item sold is donated. Guest had the chance to directly donate to La Yahoushua where Edna and Cindy volunteered as photography club advisors and instructors. Shop Hemma today at Darling located at 1 Horatio Street & 8th Avenue. Check out full photo coverage of the Garden Party!