Supermodel Liya Kebede has created a clothing line primarily geared towards children.
Called Lemlem, the range will cater to children aged three months to 10 years old. Combining some traditional weaving and embroidery techniques with modern silhouettes, all the pieces of the collection are handmade in Ethiopia, Kebede’s native country.
Lemlem, which means “to bloom” in Amharic, a Semitic language from Ethiopia, is expected to launch in early 2008 in limited distribution.
Discovered and signed to an exclusive Gucci contract in 2000 by designer Tom Ford, Kebede currently ranks 11th in Forbes’ list of the highest paid supermodels in the world. The face of Estée Lauder, the supermodel is also known for her charitable and socially relevant work. Apart from her appointment in 2005 as a World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for maternal, newborn, and child health, she has also just recently established The Liya Kebede Foundation, which aims for a reduction in maternal, newborn, and child mortality.
Source: Fashion Week Daily