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Jun 18

HEM Muse: Aparna Saraf

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Meet Aparna Saraf, ambitious attorney and busy bride-to-be whose sophisticated style and unyielding drive for success has been a constant inspiration to HEM.  We had the privilege of making a custom jacket for Aparna this Spring, which she models above in her downtown Tribeca neighborhood. Read on for more details on our made-to-measure process and for an interview with our very first HEM Muse! 

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After meeting in our showroom to select the perfect piece, Aparna decided on the tuxedo jacket as she can easily take it from work to evening.  We scheduled a fitting with our master tailor where we took her measurements and she selected her fabric, lining, and fit preferences.  

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Then we got to work, creating a pattern exclusively for her.  Two weeks later, the basted fitting was complete and Aparna returned for her second fitting.  We made some minor adjustments to the shoulders, the most important part of any jacket.  One week later, the jacket was finished and fit her like a glove.  We had so much fun working with Aparna, and are so honored to hear that her HEM jacket has become a favorite for the office, and for date nights out with her fiance, Omar.

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Here Aparna shares with us her career advice, style tips, and more.

To be truly successful in business women need to….

"Constantly assess where they want to be in the next five to ten years.  If you think that your current position won’t take you there, then you need to look for other opportunities with more upward potential.  It can be easy to become complacent in a job that does not seem to be advancing.  I don’t think anyone is ever truly successful in business without taking some degree of risk."

Daily must-visit websites and reads:

"I love to read the HEM blog for style tips and career inspiration.  I always read certain sections of the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, various daily publications for the asset management industry, and my guilty pleasure, Page Six."

My go-to look for the office:  

"When the weather is hot, I wear dresses - shift dresses and wraps and keep a couple of versatile blazers in my office for any unexpected meetings."

My go-to look for a night out:

"Jeans, 5 inch heels, an embellished top, and my HEM tuxedo jacket."

My favorite colors for the office:

"Navy and black because they are easy to accessorize and hide coffee spills well! I also love to wear white, light grey, and throw in splashes of color with a light blouse under a suit, a patterned scarf, a colorful handbag, or a chunky necklace."

My favorite travel destinations:

"Istanbul, Amalfi Coast, Mumbai"

Favorite spot in the city:

"The Gardens at St. Luke in the Fields is the most beautiful and peaceful oasis in the West Village.  In the spring when the flowers are in bloom, it’s my favorite spot to sit, sip coffee, and read a good book.  A huge plus is that cell phones are prohibited.”

The best style advice I’ve ever received:

"Focus less on quantity, more on quality.  I have a few pieces that I splurged on that I tend to wear a lot, and I find that they last for years and instantly make me feel more put together."

Jun 10

Double-Time

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Kate Moss, www.alvinvalley.tumblr.com 

I have to admit, I was skeptical when I first saw double-breasted jackets popping up on designer runways for spring and fall. But seeing this strong-shouldered, tailored jacket paired with worn-in jeans, shorts, or leather really won me over.  I love the balance the two extremes bring.  Polished and put-together with an edgier twist.  Kate Moss looks incredible in that bright blue with frayed jeans - so effortless and so chic. 

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Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific.blogspot.com

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28.media.tumblr.com

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, celebinspire.tumblr.com

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Mira Duma of www.peone.tumblr.com

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Olivia Palermo, 2.bp.blogspot.com

May 30

Oxford Shirts

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Photo c/o theyallhateus.com

Blue oxford shirts are one of my favorite trends this spring.  The classic button-down is a menswear-inspired look that is crisp, cool, and easy to dress up or down.  Pair with a pencil skirt or cigarette pant for the office or white jeans or shorts on the weekends.  Perfect with tailored jackets for meetings - it’s timeless, chic, and simple.  Try J.Crew’s stretch perfect fit.  

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Photo c/o esther.com.au

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Photo c/o theyallhateus.com

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Grace Kelly

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Emanuelle Alt 

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Ashley Olsen

May 14

On Our Bucket List

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We love seeing the success of Mansur Gavriel, a brand that shares our devotion to craftsmanship, customization, and clean simple design. Hand-crafted in Italy of vegetable tanned leather, Mansur Gavriel bags are that staple that every woman wants to wear season after season.  Designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel scrutinized over every detail from handle length to stitching (something we can also relate to at HEM).  Each bag is lined in a beautiful array of colors that make a casually elegant and personalized statement. Wear it to work or on the weekends for an effortless, sophisticated look.

Bags start at $495.

www.mansurgavriel.com

Purchase at www.avenuek.com

imagePhoto of designers Rachel Mansur & Floriana Gavriel c/o www.whatwelikenyc.com

imagePhoto c/o www.stripesandsequins.com

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Photo c/o www.fashiontrendsdaily.com

May 04

Happy Birthday! Actress, mother, style icon, and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn would have turned 85 today.  Such a beauty, and the personification of timeless elegance.  

Happy Birthday! Actress, mother, style icon, and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn would have turned 85 today.  Such a beauty, and the personification of timeless elegance.  

May 02

My beautiful muse Aparna Saraf in our Italian wool tuxedo jacket.  Stay tuned for a full profile on her and how we created her first HEM jacket.

My beautiful muse Aparna Saraf in our Italian wool tuxedo jacket.  Stay tuned for a full profile on her and how we created her first HEM jacket.

Mar 20

Pleated Skirts for Spring

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www.1summersday.co.vu

Since today is the very first day of Spring, I thought it fitting to share my favorite trend of the season - pleated skirts!  I love them in pastel shades like blue and pink and the basic black and white too.  They transition easily from the office to an evening out and are so comfortable and effortless for the weekends.  For a polished look, wear them with a collared button down or sweater to work.  When off-duty, pair them with a tee-shirt and sandals.  You can’t go wrong.  And I’m loving Ann Taylor’s knit version for just under $100.  

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www.sartorialist.com

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www.fashiondivadesign.com

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www.livepinning.tumblr.com

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www.9to5chic.com  Ann Taylor pleated skirt for $98

Mar 10

Black and White

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www.style.com, Tommy Ton, Karlie Kloss 

I love the simplicity of black and white in fashion and home decor.  It has the rare ability to look timeless yet modern.  

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”

- Coco Chanel

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www.elle.com, Ralph Lauren 2014

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www.harpersbazaar.com, Gwyneth Paltrow 

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www.elle.com London Fashion Week 2014

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www.allforfashiondesign.com

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A first look at HEM’s holding page! Coming Fall 2014 www.hem-ny.com #hemnyc #suiting #custom #bespoke #madetomeasure #blazers #fashion #workstyle #officechic #madeinny

Mar 02

Fashion Week Street Style

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My favorite street style looks from fashion week are tailored, polished, lady-like, and truly wearable to the office.  I love the clean, modern simplicity of black and white with accents of burgundy and red.  And I love that sky high stilettos prevailed over the snowy streets and chilly temperatures in the city.  I hope your work style will be inspired by these gorgeous pics as we endure our last few months of winter!  

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New York Fashion Week, Photo courtesy of Tommy Tons, style.com

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London Fashion Week, Photo of Olivia Palermo by starstyle.com

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New York Fashion Week, Photo courtesy of Steve Eichner, wwd.com

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Paris Fashion Week, Photo of Kate Davidson Hudson by bloglovin.com

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London Fashion Week, Photo courtesy of Phil Oh, vogue.com

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London Fashion Week, Photo courtesy of mitograph.com

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New York Fashion Week, Photo by Diego Zucker, harpersbazaar.com