Ten Days of Giving to Horizons
lemlem Hayat Split Tunic
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Lemlem is back! Basically the only brand of clothing I pack when I go on a warm-weather vacation, lemlem is a real favorite of mine and has been for years. I bought my first beach cover-up a few years ago. Then, I went online and went crazy for their whole line of beachwear. One of my oldest and closest friends texted me and said, “I just started working at lemlem and saw that your name came up on the computer next to me! I see you placed quite an order!” Knowing my bestie worked there thrilled me. Knowing that she could see how much I just spent on their stuff, not so much.
I’ve never loved being in a bathing suit, and beach vacations have always stressed me out. I hate the feeling of sunscreen on clothes, and I hate how wrinkled everything gets. But I’m also not that girl who stays in her bikini for 18 hours – seemingly un-self-consciously. lemlem was the perfect solution to my problem. It’s colorful and bright, but it’s well-made and sophisticated. Plus, it’s a brand with a message, and Liya Kebede is a designer with a mission.
This year, lemlem is offering one of their beautiful Caftans to you guys. It typically retails for $175, but with a donation of $100, 25 of you will receive the Hayat Split Tunic. I promise you guys will love it, and you will love trotting it out on vacations – you’ll feel comfortable in it, and you’ll also receive tons of compliments. You have my word! Not that compliments are everything but, you know, it feels good.
The first 25 donors who give $100 or more will receive a Hayat Split Tunic.
Supermodel/actress and maternal health advocate Liya Kebede founded lemlem in 2007. The brand's inspiration arose during a trip to her native Ethiopia. While visiting, she met traditional weavers who no longer had a market for their goods. Liya felt a need to preserve their art form while creating job opportunities as well. Meaning “to bloom” or “to flourish” in Amharic, lemlem is handmade in Ethiopia from natural cotton and rooted in tradition, but woven with a modern touch. It aims to add a sense of diversity to the clothing market while fueling prosperity in another. Recently expanding beyond the hand woven category while still maintaining production in Africa, lemlem provides another voice for African causes as well as a beautiful embodiment of its traditions and culture. Lemlem is committed to helping women in Africa flourish in partnership with their sister non-profit The Liya Kebede Foundation.