ELuxe Magazine - Snuggle Up With Arlette Lee

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Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 Written by Arlette

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 something missing.

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Sensing she needed a radical change, Lee decided to leave her job and travel the world. After soaking up the culture of Asia and the sights of Australia, the epiphanic moment that would change her life finally came in South America.

She had witnessed the different approaches cultures have to apparel from around the world, and became curious about fashion. In Peru, she says: “I fell in love with the locals, culture and crafts. My design visions (here) became so strong I continuously noted down every single thought, idea, inspiration that came to me.”

 

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Upon her return to the UK, she announced her decision: she would be taking Spanish classes and returning to Peru to speak to local artisans about realising her designs for what she dubbed the ‘SnugaLee’ and the ‘Ruana,’ which she would craft out of the finest baby alpaca yarn.

 

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The SnugaLee is essentially a snood: a long, circular knit that can be worn as a scarf, either single or double wrapped, or thrown over the head and neck in cold weather to act as a hood and scarf.

The Ruana is a cape with a unique cut, which allows for slimline belting around the waist; alternatively, one end can be casually tossed over a shoulder to keep the wearer warm; it can be pinned shut, or it can be worn open. Both the Ruanas and SnugaLees are powder soft, thanks to the alpaca material, which is finer than cashmere and allows the wearer to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

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Arlette Lee employs groups of local artisans in Peru throughout her entire production process. From alpaca rancher to weaver, all those involved are paid a fair wage, and Lee’s business ensures that the Peruvian manufacturing and artisanal traditions are safeguarded.

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Lee says her designs are a big hit with international travellers, as they are lightweight and pack well, but are also a perfect ‘blanket’ on long haul flights.

With the success of her label growing after appearing in top UK fashion magazines like Tatler, and with celebrity fans that include Dita Von Teese, it seems Ms Lee’s move from the City was the greatest investment decision she’s ever made.

 

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London Fashion Week - Colour, Culture & Cut

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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…

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Lima, Sleep...Eat - 2013

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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…

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LIMA Fashion Week 2013- PeruModa

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Created on Sunday, 23 June 2013 Written by Arlette
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 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…

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London Girl Launch - Arlette Lee

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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.

 

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Webtalk Radio Show - Shannon Bush & Arlette Lee

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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…

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Testimonials # WIYW #Wear it Your Way

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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…

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Arlette Lee - Press

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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…

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Interview with London Firecrackers - Arlette Lee

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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…

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Sophie in Monaco wearing the SnugaLee

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Created on Sunday, 03 February 2013 Written by Arlette
Sophie in Monaco wearing the SnugaLee

We were delighted to read the posting by Monaco's premier fashion blogger, Sophie in Monaco, shown below.

Sophie in Monaco is a talented writer, model, presenter and luxury yacht broker.

'It’s officially the weekend! So I opened my little package you were all wondering about and it is even more precious than expected. Aptly named the SnugaLee (cute right?), the SnugaLee…

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