Fashion that mixes traditional African textiles and patterns with modern trends and silhouettes speaks to me.  That’s why I’m jonesing for a piece of  the Hemma collection; the black stretch wool Sena dress (pictured below) is my favorite.

Designed by New Yorker’s Cindy Gaston and Edna Bissoon, Hemma creates fresh, elegant collections using authentic, hand-woven Kente, a textile rich in African royal tradition.

Sena Dress, $500

Asante Jacket, $550

Asante Skirt, $400

By incorporating the same techniques used to dress Ghanaian nobility for centuries, Hemma allows each client to exude royalty. And I’m ready to be queen for a day!

A percentage of Hemma’s sales will be donated to La Yahoushua middle school in Ghana, West Africa where the designers taught and were inspired to start their collection.

Image credit: The Hemma