ARTISAN BRANDS WE LOVE: ARLETTE LEE

Print
Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 Written by Arlette

At Apoccas, we love stories of transformation. Meet Arlette Lee, the caped crusader of luxury style to have and to hold for generations to come.


26-09-13
ARTISAN BRANDS WE LOVE: ARLETTE LEE

At Apoccas, we admire people like us who have gone out on a limb to follow their true passion. We met Arlette Lee through the Ethical Fashion Forum and were instantly struck by the parallels in our respective stories. We both hail from finance, but have found our true calling in working with artisans for a brighter tomorrow. We were both compelled to create something that offered an alternative to the throw-away culture of cheap, disposable fashion.

Arlette left the world of finance three years ago to travel extensively. “It was an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ soul search,” according to Arlette “then I had an epiphany that I wanted to be a buyer”.

Following this vision, Arlette undertook a 10-day meditation retreat in the Blue Mountains, “I was training the mind to be in the now and to let go of any negativity,” says Arlette. Her goal to become a buyer became even more focused. She knew that she wanted to work with natural fibres and with artisans she had met in her travels. The goal posts were raised and Arlette decided she would definitely become a buyer, but not for Fenwick’s or Neiman Marcus. Arlette was going to become a buyer at the grassroots level, because she was going to create her own label.

What began as a solo round-the-world trip, turned into an intensive period of research and development in Peru for the first prototypes of contemporary Ruana; an Andean style of cape which are made from 100% Alpaca wool – a fibre that is softer and more durable than cashmere. Without a doubt Arlette Lee’s Ruanas are a quality, luxury garment, but the other element that is integral to her brand is that each Ruana supports a community of artisan workers and their families.

Purple Houndstooth Ruana

Arlette Lee and Apoccas create two very different products, but are essentially similar in nature. Both brands create a fair supply chain with artisans who apply their skills to working with luxurious, natural fibres. The result: an understated treasure to behold and to be passed down through the generations.

As Coco Chanel once said, “Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity”.

Source: Apoccas

ELuxe Magazine - Snuggle Up With Arlette Lee

Print
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 Written by Arlette
ELuxe Magazine - Snuggle Up With Arlette Lee

Snuggle Up with Arlette Lee

Sep 23, 2013
By Chere Di Boscio

Like many who work in investment in the City of London, Arlette Lee wasn’t completely satisfied with her life. She felt she was just another rat in the race, and yet didn’t know how to escape. She tried taking up courses in writing, cooking, but there was still…

Read more: ELuxe Magazine - Snuggle Up With Arlette Lee

London Fashion Week - Colour, Culture & Cut

Print
Created on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 Written by Arlette
London Fashion Week - Colour, Culture & Cut

 

London Fashion Week is approaching, 1 day to go! Oh la la!

Arlette Lee Ruana, Alice&Olivia by Stacey Bendet Petunia stretch silk-chiffon mini dress, Nicholas Kirkwood (Official) Metallic Peeptoe Heels, Baccarat Jewelry Baccarat Fleurs De Psydélic Necklace & Clip on earrings

LONDON  is clearly the one capital with so much culture and diversity that surely, we will witness an abundance of colour from our…

Read more: London Fashion Week - Colour, Culture & Cut

Lima, Sleep...Eat - 2013

Print
Created on Sunday, 23 June 2013 Written by Arlette
Lima, Sleep...Eat - 2013


I headed off to Lima for International Fashion Week in April and ended up spending over a week in Lima.  Lima pleasantly suprised.  This was my first time spending time here.  In the past, like for most, it is a destination for a one night stop over before travellers head off and explore wonderful majestic Peru.  

However, this time…

Read more: Lima, Sleep...Eat - 2013

LIMA Fashion Week 2013- PeruModa

Print
Created on Sunday, 23 June 2013 Written by Arlette
LIMA Fashion Week  2013- PeruModa

 

 

 Lima International Fashion Week, Jockey Club

I was delighed to be invited by PeruModa to Lima International Fashion Week from 9 April 2013.

After an excellent flight, we were picked up from the aiport and transferred to my hotel.  I met an old friend who I met on a bus in Cambodia for dinner and then headed back to the…

Read more: LIMA Fashion Week 2013- PeruModa

London Girl Launch - Arlette Lee

Print
Created on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 Written by Arlette

 Arlette Lee was invited to the London Girl Launch at Swarovski, London supporting Target Ovarian Cancer UK

 

 

Arlette Lee is wearing City Ruana - A Ruana is a style of cape, designed for life on the move.

 

Read more: London Girl Launch - Arlette Lee

Webtalk Radio Show - Shannon Bush & Arlette Lee

Print
Created on Monday, 22 April 2013 Written by Arlette
Webtalk Radio Show - Shannon Bush & Arlette Lee

 

I was delighted to be invited on to the Limitless Life Webcast Radio Show hosted by Shannon Bush.

Arlette Lee - Creative Possibility – The Limitless Life 'Be True To Yourself And Be Free' – An Eco Fashion Designer's Inspiring Story

'Being true to yourself is so important when it comes to creating a limitless life and experiencing succulent effortless…

Read more: Webtalk Radio Show - Shannon Bush & Arlette Lee

Testimonials # WIYW #Wear it Your Way

Print
Created on Saturday, 16 March 2013 Written by Arlette
Testimonials # WIYW #Wear it Your Way

What our clients say. 

"I love my cobalt blue alpaca shawl. It is extremely elegant, functional and warm. One of the best pieces of clothing I have ever bought." Michelle Darrracott

"'It's arrived, already worn it out for lunch with the girls. Fabulous!'" Fiona Koshla

"My bright pink ruana has always been remarked on favorably whenever i…

Read more: Testimonials # WIYW #Wear it Your Way

Arlette Lee - Press

Print
Created on Friday, 15 March 2013 Written by Arlette
Arlette Lee - Press

Arlette Lee has been featured in FAB Women in Business, Issue 5 sold globally and can be found online, as well as in Waterstones, WHSmith.

Exciting collaborations are in progress. Watch this space.

The Government of Peru has invited Arlette Lee to attend International Fashion Week in Lima. We will provide you updates from the hub of the Andes.

South America…

Read more: Arlette Lee - Press

Interview with London Firecrackers - Arlette Lee

Print
Created on Thursday, 21 February 2013 Written by Arlette
Interview with London Firecrackers - Arlette Lee

Arlette Lee was interviewed by London Firecrackers,  the platform for rising entrepeneurs.

Money Matters

According to the Office of National Statistics, the number of women setting up their own businesses in the UK is growing, and not only that – research suggests that those women who do take the plunge are out-earning self-employed men.

Barclay’s Wealth & Investment Management conducted a…

Read more: Interview with London Firecrackers - Arlette Lee

Sign up for Arlette's updates - Email:
Copyright © 2017 Arlette Lee. All Rights Reserved. facebook-new twitter-new pinterest-new instagram-new