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Liya Kebede's new homewear offerings

Liya Kebede's new homewear offerings

Liya Kebede's new range of designs "epitomise summer".

The Ethiopian-born model launched her brand lemlem in 2007 after being inspired by traditional means of clothes-making in her home country. Since its beginnings lemlem has made Ethiopian textiles available to a mass audience and promoted an ethical approach to fashion.

Now Liya's company has teamed up with retailer Anthropologie, which offers everything from womenswear to home goods, for a capsule collection. All proceeds will aid maternal health in developing nations.

"The collection is all about colour. We wanted this capsule collection to epitomise summer - sunny and bright happy colours. Perfect for any beach home," Liya told of her homewear offerings.

"The classic lemlem stripes and colours have always made sense as home goods. When Anthropologie approached us with an opportunity to see our stripes in the bedroom, bathroom, dining room, and beyond, it was a no-brainer that this could be a really fun collaboration!"

Brightly coloured bed sheets, shower curtains and pillow cases are just some of the products available.

There are several categories in Liya's quirky range, with one proving more challenging than the rest.

"We have three candles in the collection. I was so excited about the idea of our own unique scent, but I was surprised by how hard it is to find the right fragrance. In the end, we picked three really beautiful options that take me home to Addis Ababa," she gushed.

Speaking about the most rewarding part of being the designer of lemlem, Liya explained that while she is keen to make gorgeous clothing, the most important factor is providing a steady income for those behind the items.

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