Leather Sources in Los Angeles

Hello Designers!

The below video is a quick recap of some places to shop for leather here in Los Angeles. There are many more places to purchase leather, however, the ones I cover in the video have most types of leather needed to make your handbags & accessories.

For a complete sourcing list, including hardware, lining, trims and zippers, please e-mail me at info@nataliehemmens.com



Sav Mor leather: http://www.savmorleather.com
United Leather, Contact Monica: http://unitedleather.com
Italo Leather: http://www.italoleather.com


Leather Types, Pricing & Buying Tips, HEMMENS Consulting

Hi Everyone!

I get asked a lot about leather types, prices and what to watch out for when buying. This is a quick video that reviews some of the basic leather types, what each type is used for and the their price points. This information is based off the local Los Angeles market. If this was helpful, please like the video, share it and let me know if you have any questions!


Natalie Hemmens

What is a technical package?

When working with clients who are new to the fashion industry, I get asked: What is a technical package? In my opinion, a technical package is one of the most important tools you could have when developing your collection. It is the blue print, the instructions to your product. Below is more detailed information on technical packages, why they are necessary and how to get yours started!

A technical package is a professional illustration with detailed measurements and construction details of your product. It is used by the manufacture as a guide to complete your pattern, sample and production with minimal errors.

Our technical packages contain:

  1. Construction Details
  2. Illustrative views from all angles (Top, bottom, side, inside, back & front)
  3. Measurements
  4. Materials list, including hardware & trims
  5. Material Placement
  6. Digital file so you can share your design easily via e-mail

Technical packages break through language barriers by providing visual communication of your products. In turn, it minimizes errors during the sampling process and allows our team to work faster and more accurately.

To get a quote for your technical package, please send over your designers sketch, pictures of similar prototypes or contact HEMMENS for more information.

Custom technical packages are priced on the complexity of the design and how long it will take to complete. Prices range from $250-$1,000+.

Private Label: We have a database of new innovative designs based on popular trends. Our designers create technical packages for them and we keep them on hand until the design is sold. The private label packages are ready to customize with your company name and logo.



Tassel Necklace Workshop!

When: August 8th, 2015. 10:30am- 12:30pm

Where: The REEF, 1933 South Broadway, 11th Floor Atelier, Los Angeles CA 90007

To RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-create-a-leather-tassel-necklace-tickets-17628538433


In this workshop, you will cut your own fringe, insert it into a tassel cap and choose your necklace type to create a beautiful piece of handmade jewelry! No machines needed!


•10:30-11:00:  Demonstration

•11:00-12:00:  Tassel Pattern Making and Leather Cutting

•12:00- 12:15:  Break Time!

•12:15-12:30:   Necklace Creation & Picture Time!

Materials will be provided and are included in your workshop cost. You are free to bring your own tools, however we will have ones for the group to use.

Tool List

1. Scissors

2. Contact Cement

3. 2 Pairs of Pliers

For more information about HEMMENS visit: http://www.nataliehemmens.com and by watching this video!


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

If you are below the age of 18, you must be accompanied by an adult. Please no children under the age of 13.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is street parking available, or in the surrounding lots.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Please see above for tools list (optional). Bring a snack!

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email Natalie with any questions at info@nataliehemmens.com or call (310) 424-0636

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Tickets are non-refundable. Please contact Natalie if you would like someone to come in your place.

FIDM Alumni Panel- Business of Fashion

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Audience panel
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5:30 pm, Thursday, January 29th, 2015.
It is 1 hour before the FIDM Alumni panel here at Makercity. I am honored that I was chosen as one of the panelist to speak about business and the world of fashion. My years at FIDM, the most difficult years of my life (due to my full time work & full time school schedule) are coming full circle. My education, experience and expertise are being highlighted during the panel discussion due to the business I have created called HEMMENS.
I’m not nervous, more excited I would say, to share my experiences with my fellow peers and aspiring business owners. I have had help every step of the way and so many people that have trusted me, believed in me and still do!
12:30pm, Monday, February 2nd, 2015.
The panel event went fantastic! I met so many audience members who are interested in starting or building up their fashion business. I hope that my words have helped in some way clarify some of the steps and options they have available to them as they head down the road of entrepreneurship!
Here are some pictures of the event, special thanks to @MakerCityLA for hosting and inviting me to join the panel. Also, to the one and only Bill Cliatt @FIDMALUMNI for mediating the event and being such a supportive advisor. It was a pleasure to share the stage with @rachaeldickhute and Rebecca Eliason@NatalieHemmens  #thebusinessoffashion #theatelier #HEMMENS

HEMMENS Fashion Illustration of Actress/ Model Alix Maria


This is a gorgeous Fashion Illustration of the HEMMENS “Queen Bee” dress worn by model & actress Alix Maria. Our illustration features the Ana Vega for HEMMENS “Whoz Bad” cross body handbag and a heart shaped necklace by jewelry designer Nicolina Royale.

Fashion Illustration by the fabulous Judyth Floresca!
Visit http://www.nataliehemmens.com for more details

HEMMENS Fashion Illustration of Actress Heather Hemmens

I LOVE fashion illustrations! This is one of my favorites. My sister, Heather Hemmens dressed in a HEMMENS bralette, skirt and of course a leather bag and bracelet! Judyth Floresca is an amazing fashion illustrator and is currently working on some more illustrations for the HEMMENS & Ana Vega brands. You rock lady!


Cyber Monday Sale on All Men and Women’s Accessories!

Thanksgiving has just finished and people are flocking to stores for the Black Friday deals. Although Cyber Monday is just around the corner to provide the best deals online during the year! For this year’s Cyber Monday deals, the HEMMENS brand is having a 20% off discount on all men and women’s accessories online! The deal will only be available on Cyber Monday (December 1, 2014). The deals can be found on the official Natalie Hemmens website http://www.nataliehemmens.com/

Look forward to great deals on accessories createdby Los Angeles based fashion and handbag designer Natalie Hemmens!

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Sweet Victory of the Smoother Operator, Whoz Bad

Our last fall handbag feature are “Sweet Victory” a white crossbody handbag with snakeskin print, “Whoz Bad” another classic black crossbody handbag, and “Smooth Operator” a black rectangle clutch with raised dots.

Sweet Victory Crossbody Handbag

Sweet Victory Crossbody Handbag

Whoz Bad Crossbody Handbag

Whoz Bad Crossbody Handbag


Smooth Operator Rectangle Clutch


aised dots.

Power Play With a Wild Thang

Power Play with a Wild Thang. Today’s feature is another lustrous black crossbody handbag called “POWER PLAY” and “WILD THANG” a rectangle clutch with a stone grey look.

HEMMENS Power Play Crossbody Handbag

Power Play Crossbody Handbag


HEMMENS Wild Thang Rectangle Clutch

Wild Thang Rectangle Clutch


Upgrade Me Oreo

Friday’s feature are two additional black sleek handbags. The “OREO” crossbody clutch handbag and the “UPGRADE ME” trapezoid box clutch with handle.

HEMMENS Oreo Crossbody Handbag

Oreo Crossbody Handbag


HEMMENS Upgrade Me Trapezoid Box Clutch

Upgrade Me Trapezoid Box Clutch


Single Ladies and Royal Candy

Today we’re featuring another black and gold pair of handbags called the “SINGLE LADY” a rectangle clutch that brings about a sleek style and the “ROYAL CANDY” a gold trapezoid box clutch that is a perfect match for those opulent looks.

Hemmens Single Lady Rectangle Clutch

Single Lady Rectangle Clutch


HEMMENS Royal Candy Trapezoid Box Clutch

Royal Candy Trapezoid Box Clutch


HEMMENS Collection, Holiday 2014


Hi everyone! We’re now featuring our first video blog! The HEMMENS Holiday 2014 Collection for the Fall! Take a look at it, share it, and let us know what you think!