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Loving lemlem

Happy new week, my friends! Are you ready to get going with another inspired week? Today I thought I’d introduce you to a fantastic clothing label, lemlem. If you haven’t yet heard of lemlem, here’s a little background info.

“Supermodel / actress and World Health Organisation’s Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Liya Kebede discovered that traditional weavers in her native country of Ethiopia were losing their jobs due to a decline in local demand for their goods and wanted to do something about it. Recognizing the beauty, quality and historic significance of their work, Liya started Lemlem in 2007 as a way to inspire economic independence in her native country and to preserve the art of weaving.”


The lemlem collection is handmade in Ethiopia from natural cotton. The colours and handwoven designs are incredibly beautiful. Simple and yet effective, all you need is one piece to liven up your look. Lemlem is stocked locally by Merchants on Long.


All images via lemlem


  1. Colores

    19 September

    BUenos dias Lana, I am in love with that shawl in white , fuchsia and greyish tones…. love it!!

  2. Charlotta Ward

    19 September

    Wonderful pieces Lana! I love the colours and all those stripes!

    The white (yellow/orange) tunic is beautiful. Am off to explore more!

    xx Charlotta

    P.S. Am playing golf with one of your South African PGA pros – Vincent Tshabalala. He spends a few weeks at our golf club every year and I love everything about this amazing person! 🙂

  3. Megan

    19 September

    Very cool designs, love all the bright colours incorporated 🙂

  4. Quinn

    20 September

    Love love love the scarves 😀


  5. va

    20 September

    I love the colors like the bright neons and colors you don't normally see in clothes . I think clothing from different parts of the world is much more exciting then clothing in us or canada .

  6. classiq

    20 September

    The scarves are so beautiful!

  7. Lana {lanalou style}

    20 September

    I absolutely love the scarves too, wish I could have a few in my wardrobe!

    Charlotta, that's amazing! I didn't even know you played golf, have fun!x

  8. Black Zebra

    22 September

    wow. love the colours x

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