by Amy Hemmens
Amy Hemmens is the first to tell you she’s ambitious. Her Naik Fur clothing line and blog and the new Midtown boutique Atelier she opened with her sister Melissa speak even louder than words. But Hemmens makes sure to balance her integrity and drive with time spent outdoors, gardening, bike riding and meditating. And her spring line reflects those natural inclinations.
“It’s experimental and organic, kind of how nature works,” said Hemmens of her innovative approach to elastic and knit work, realized in shades of nude, soft pink and other natural, muted colors.
Her line is also inspired by the permaculture architecture of Bill Mollison, but, she said, “My biggest inspiration is Lindsay [Rickman]. I don’t think I’d be doing what I’m doing or be as free if it wasn’t for her.”
Hemmens hopes to always keep art and community close.
“Eventually, [I would like] to own my own farm and have an artist commune … in the Sierra Nevadas or the foothills. Somewhere in California. I love California.”
Catch Naik Fur on the runway at the Earth Week Fashion Show, part of Green Second Saturday on April 12, 7 p.m. at Bows and Arrows, 1712 L Street; (916) 444-3606.