Philanthropist, supermodel, and actress, Liya Kebede, created lemlem, a fresh, chic and modern women’s and children’s clothing line with a spirit undeniably African. The brand’s inspiration arose during a trip with her husband to their native Ethiopia. While visiting traditional weavers who no longer had a market for their goods, Kebede felt a need to preserve their
art form while simultaneously creating job opportunities. Meaning “to bloom” or “to flourish” in Amharic, lemlem is handmade in Ethiopia and is rooted in tradition, but woven with a modern touch.