About lemlem

100% made with love and care in Africa

lemlem is an artisan-driven brand of beautiful women resort wear made entirely and responsibly in Africa, with a core mission of preserving the local art of weaving in Ethiopia and inspiring economic growth on the continent. Meaning to bloom and flourish in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, lemlem is a label of love, celebrating women and nature. Inspired by the unique Ethiopian handwoven patterns and the vibrant colorful combinations in the streets of Africa, lemlem is all about happy colors and stripes, creating new casual and chic pieces easy to wear on all occasions.

Our Story

On a trip to her native country of Ethiopia, supermodel Liya Kebede discovered that traditional weavers were losing their jobs due to a decline in local demand for their goods. Recognizing the beauty and rare quality of their work, Liya started lemlem in 2007 to preserve this ancient art form and simultaneously create job opportunities for local artisans. Since then, lemlem has expanded its presence in Kenya with ready-to-wear and Morocco with swimwear. lemlem is the first international brand made in Africa, with a core mission of inspiring economic growth in the region and preserving the local art of weaving.

Portrait of lemlem's founder Liya Kebede sitting on a chair and wearing a black and white maxi dress
Woman standing in front of a rock wearing a white Eshe Plunge Neck maxi plunge neck dress with dark green olive stripes

Our Sustainable Approach

Slow fashion is our passion at lemlem. We’re committed to building a strong, fair and sustainable fashion industry in Africa, taking a holistic approach to production that values and upholds artisans, their craftsmanship, and their communities.

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Our Craftsmanship

lemlem core resort wear collection is hand-woven by our artisans in Ethiopia, using traditional weaving techniques. The result is this unique cotton fabric, incredibly soft, breezy and easy to wear.

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Close up of the hands of an artisan in Ethiopia weaving by hand on a loom a pink fabric