THE HEMS

ABOUT

Sarah left home with a humble suitcase on a solo mission.

She was braver than she had ever been. All on her own, she explored.

After a while, her exploring landed her a job, a few friends and a place to stay. "Phew."

 

Her suitcase was only going to get her so far…packing light meant she needed a wardrobe.

With the gift of a clean slate to redefine her style, she lived for days off spent navigating the dense alleyways to find the very best boutiques. She researched exactly where the cool-kids were shopping, had store attendants reveal their competitors and shamelessly stopped girls on the streets.

All while regularly getting lost, it was worth it.

 

With selections of cut, quality and fabrics: falling in love with the feel of the silks, the structure of the linens and the touch of the cottons, Sarah quickly built a wardrobe that was minimal and versatile.

So chuffed with her success, she felt compelled to share this experience back home in South Africa.

The first collection is entirely Saigon-sourced. Although she is planning to source from far and wide at some stage in the future.

‘hẻm’ is Vietnamese for 'narrow road or alley'.‘the hems’ are the roads of Saigon she travelled to bring stories to your wardrobe.

"Welcome to the story, let's build a wardrobe together!" - Sarah

WHY WE LOVE THEM

Sarah has such a fearless and youthful perspective on style. It's refreshing to find a local store that sources fashion forward pieces and embraces a variety of textiles.

I love that her boutique hosts a multitude of looks that cater for a wide age group from around age 18 to 35. She takes care in personally curating each garment by hand and is specific about its origination, versatility and the story it tells.

Sarah doesn't believe in influencer marketing which I personally admire. Her customers are her influencers and her store has grown organically based on word of mouth and customer reviews. This in itself speaks volumes with regards to her personalised service, quality of her garments and style selection.

When a brand takes the time to style their apparel offering and shows their audience how they like to wear what they have to offer, it's an opportunity for me to learn new trends and style combinations.

I thrive on learning from anyone and everyone that comes my way. So this is such a draw card!

I am so looking forward to sharing my style tips on these sassy staples, and at the same time getting to know a little more about the Vietnamese boutique fashion.

FAVOURITE FINDS FROM THEIR LATEST COLLECTION

cotton

cordies

R529

IN MY WARDROBE
vanilla

So you probably know by now that high rise is standard for me, but I also love a culotte.

I kept seeing these on the Hems and eventually I gave in. The colour, fabric and style just tick all the boxes for me and I know they are something I will wear season after season.

This colour is such a great neutral and I honestly can't get enough of it.

If you are building a capsule wardrobe I believe these would be a perfect addition. They are a beautiful classic that can be worn year round. A must have for the neutral lovers.

- Light corduroy (perfect for Summer, great for Winter too)

- High waist, culotte cut

- Stretch backband (sooo comfy)

- Hidden zip and pockets

- Clean lines (no fussy belt loops)

Model wears XS/S.

midnight silk dress

R849

THE LBD

EVERYONE needs a little black dress.

It's a closet staple, a capsule wardrobe must have, and the item that you grab when you need that wow factor at the last minute.

This midi is a gorgeous option and the answer to your silk dreams.

The perfect slip with a flattering empire line and an extra special view from the back.

It's also limited edition so you are likely to be the only one wearing this beauty, and to me that's important!

- Pure Vietnamese silk

- Mid-length, A-line cut, small side slits

- Adjustable cross straps

- Thin removable tie (can be tied in front or back)

- True to size. Appropriate for A/B cup.

- Unlined

Model is 178cm tall. Wears XS. 

"salut" felt skirt

R549

ON MY WISHLIST

This is such a cute preppy look for the Blair Waldorf lovers of the world. Its super sweet in a lovely neutral and comes in a super soft felt.

A very pretty, fun and femme addition to any winter wardrobe.

A polo neck is a must in my opinion.

Also available in darker colour 'Bisoux'.

- Warm, super soft felt

- Premium fabric, holds shape well

- Lined throughout

- Sits close to body 

Model wears XS at 157cm tall. Skirt is 40cm long.

"bow" cotton pants

R449

was R499

ON MY WISHLIST
black

Most of us need a pair of black pants, or at least want one. This option is super cute with a slightly cropped trouser and a tie.

These can go from corporate to casual before you can say "take off my heels".

Cotton is always comfortable, soft and breathable which I love.

A simple yet classic staple. The minimalist's choice. 

- Light, crisp black cotton

- Stretch waistband at back, pleated tie at front

- Concealed zip on side

- Straight cut, mid-rise, slightly cropped

Model is 174cm tall. Available in XS only.

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