A love of clothing runs in Nana Brew-Hammond’s family. Before her grandmother started one of Ghana’s first and only female-run advertising agencies, she was a seamstress, and Nana’s mother, Delphine, grew up helping with measurements, sewing, and cutting fabrics. Nana’s sister, Essie Hammond, was also born in Ghana, but the entire family moved to LeFrak City in Queens, New York, when Nana was young. Delphine traveled back to her home country with the girls many times over the years, always stopping to buy custom-tailored garments made with the finest, most vibrant and colorful Ghanian textiles. “Getting bespoke clothing made is common there,” Nana says. “I was always interested in fashion as a kid, but when I went to Ghana at 12-years-old and had some outfits made for me, it changed the way I looked at clothing.” And so this week, on Ghana’s Independence Day, the self-taught Hammond clan—including Nana, her mother, and her sister—launched their very own line of made-in-Ghana coats and jackets called Exit 14.

The name Exit 14 comes from a story that Nana holds close to her heart. Driving their brother to school one day in New York, they were looking for a shop that was supposed to be located off of Exit 14. They drove for an hour after they had passed a sign for Exit 13, then decided to turn around, went back the way they had come, and learned that they had missed their original exit by mere minutes. To Nana, Exit 14 is a symbol for moving ahead even when the end point seems unattainable. “I didn’t go to school to become a designer and I never thought I would be a designer in the professional sense,” she says. “As I got older, my interest in the artisanship in Ghana grew, particularly the genius that goes into making traditional African textiles and embroidery, the history embedded in our prints, and the pageantry—all of it just seduced me.” Many of the garments that the Hammond sisters own and treasure from Ghana are meant only to be worn in the warmer spring and summer months. Because they both deal full-time with the unpredictable, ever-changing climate of the East Coast, they decided they would make coats from batakaria, a cotton fabric from the northern regions of Ghana. Ranging in price from $75 to $600, their newest styles include a patchwork scarf, blazer, and cape coat.

“Tailored for Your Journey” are the words written at the top of the Exit 14 website. The coats, jackets, and scarves are made for adventurers heading into the unknown—much like Nana, Essie, and Delphine—and the women hope to expand soon and introduce new items, such as travel accessories, bags, and hats. As Nana explains, “We want the Exit 14 customer to be able to take a piece of Ghana with them wherever they go.”