- Liya Kebede
- New York City
Model and actress Liya Kebede has a profound and personal bond with Ethiopia. Upon discovering that the indigenous weavers of her native country were struggling to stay in business, she launched Lemlem, Amharic for “to flourish” or “to bloom,” to stimulate the local craft trade. Her collection features breezy, luxuriously rustic womenswear, handwoven from natural cotton in the traditional Ethiopian style.