Model Liya Kebede was inspired to launch her fashion brand lemlem a decade ago after a trip to her native Ethiopia introduced her to a group of local artisans who no longer had an outlet to sell their colorful weavings. Made from locally grown cotton, spun by Ethiopian artisans, lemlem’s collections for women, men and kids include beach chic rompers, flowy pants, light-as-air hoodies and popovers, maxi dresses and caftans, and versatile scarves.
Now, several of lemlem’s hand-woven fabrics are being used for a limited collection of pieces made in collaboration with luxury shoe and handbag designer Pierre Hardy. The 11-piece micro-collection includes a $595 bucket bag, $345 fringe pouch, $445 slider sneaker, and $595 block-heeled sandal—each available in yellow, black, or blue lemlem fabric.
Proceeds from the sale of these pieces benefit the Lemlem Foundation that supports maternal health education and upgrades maternity clinics in Africa as well as supports professional training opportunities and other women’s empowerment initiatives.
The collection is available in Pierre Hardy stores in New York, Paris and Tokyo as well as online at lemlem.com and pierrehardy.com.