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Although Liya Kebede has been on the cover of Vogue no fewer than three times, the model, designer, and actress apparently spends the bulk of her time thinking about other folks. Since 2005, Kebede—who founded her dreamy clothing line, Lemlem, in part to help preserve the art of traditional weaving in her native Ethiopia—has served as the W.H.O. Goodwill Ambassador for maternal, newborn, and child health. And just this fall, the globe-trotting fashion veteran launched Liyabrairie—an online community for fellow book-lovers to share and discuss their latest reads. Herewith, the ever stylish Kebede shines a light on her shopping list



V-15 Suede-Trimmed Perforated High-Top Sneakers

“Because they are one of the most sustainable sneakers you will find, and they are high-tops!”

Wales Bonner


Wool-and-Cashmere Cardigan

“I just love how Wales Bonner puts colors together. This cardigan makes me feel cozy in this wonderful fall weather—it screams walks in the park and fallen leaves.”

The Elder Statesman


Hot Yosemite Tie-Dyed Cashmere Socks

“I have an obsession with socks—nice, thick, chunky socks—cashmere! These are perfect, and I love the tie-dye. It’s a fun little detail for a look.”

Westman Atelier


The Brush Collection

“Gucci Westman has done my makeup for a really long time for various fashion shoots. I am so proud to see that she finally launched her own line, and all the makeup brushes that you will need are wonderfully rounded up in one little bag! They are a must.”



Eshal Cotton Caftan

“I love the colors of this Lemlem plunge-neck dress. It’s perfect to wear as a cover-up on the beach or strolling around town, like you have no care in the world.”

Maya Angelou


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“I have heard about this book for a really long time, and I know now that I am ready for it. Somehow I thought I needed to be ready emotionally for this journey, and I believe it is time. Also, getting it from, which supports local bookstores, is important to me.”



“My favorite shape for a swim is a high waist—I find it very flattering, and a crop-top swimsuit is easy to wear with jeans when not in the water.”

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