Interview with London Firecrackers - Arlette Lee

Created on Thursday, 21 February 2013 Written by Arlette

London Firecrackers

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

Money Matters

moneyAccording 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 global survey, and among 2,000 business people questioned, female entrepreneurs earned on average 17% more than their male counterparts.

Speaking to young entrepreneurs over the past few months, I’ve realised how important ‘understanding’ your money is, if you want to start making it.

Being your own boss and running your own business means you have complete control of your finances and you decide exactly what’s going in and out of the bank each month.

There’s a stereotypical view that women are more blasé about money than men – I do admit that my mind starts to drift when people start talking to me about financial planning and the fact that I should be starting a pension – but a basic understanding about one’s finances is vital if you’re going to run a successful business.

In February 2010 entrepreneur Arlette Lee left her job with a high-end investment company to radically change her life and start up her own fashion design company. I asked her for some tips on finances and what she thinks about female attitudes towards money…

A R L E T T E  L E E:

“[In your own business] You have ultimate control of how every penny is spent – if you do your research thoroughly, you can spend and save wisely. It’s tough being responsible for every area of the business, but ultimately it’s the best way to learn.”

“There are various ways for people to get extra funding for their start up – Start Up Britain offers grants, as well as numerous crowd sourcing platforms like indiegogo and Kickstarter

How important is a good attitude and can-do approach to finances?

“Essential. Sound business acumen is key, as well as a positive attitude towards money. Every day you should look at your figures and evaluate your strategy. Is it working? Where are the loopholes? What can be changed to move more effectively to the next stage? As tedious as it may seem, good financial systems are the backbone to a business. I recommend Intuit (an accounting and finance software package for small businesses).”

Are you surprised that self-employed women are out-earning self-employed men?

“No. Women are generally better at multi-tasking and when you’re self-employed you have to juggle constantly. This is a generation where women are using their skills and commanding their worth – as a result, they’re going out there and making their dreams happen.”

“Self-employment gives women the flexibility to establish a better balance between work, home and relationships. This balance enables them to excel in their chosen field, without enduring any unnecessary stress in the workplace.”

Thanks for the tips, Arlette!

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Editor - Jessica King, London Firecrackers

Sophie in Monaco wearing the SnugaLee

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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Created on Friday, 25 January 2013 Written by Arlette

As seen in social media, bloggers

Seen with Current Elliot skinny Fit Jeans, Armani bag, Miu Miu heels

'Forest Green' Baby Alpaca Ruana featured with
ENZA COSTA Tissue Jersey Black Pearl Cropped Tank £54 -
TRUE RELIGION Misty Chessboard Jeans £195
Marc by Marc Jacobs Columbus leather tote £500 -
Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarer Sunglasses £95 -

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Source Brand Preview 2013 - Arlette Lee, an emerging sustainable brand

Created on Thursday, 24 January 2013 Written by Arlette
Source Brand Preview 2013 - Arlette Lee, an emerging sustainable brand

Arlette Lee will be exhibiting at the Source Brand Preview on 30 January 2013

Womenswear- Young brands Sustainable womenswear by young brands that are gaining profile for innovative sustainable product.

SOURCE Brand Preview will break new ground in trade showcasing as the most comprehensive, global, curated event for sustainable fashion...ever. ONLINE - take part from anywhere.

Through two days of events…

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Wolf & Badger - London, UK

Created on Tuesday, 06 November 2012 Written by Arlette
Wolf & Badger - London, UK


We are delighted to let you know Arlette Lee is now stocked at Wolf & Bagder on Dover Street, Mayfair, London.

Pop in and see the beautiful designs by talented designers. 
Remember Arlette's phrase is 'see it, love it, buy it'...

All Arlette's Ruanas are warm, super soft and luxurious. Handwoven by artisans using 100% PURE Alpaca in Peru.

Some benefits…

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This Girl Means Business Magazine - Arlette Lee

Created on Monday, 05 November 2012 Written by Arlette



 Arlette Lee is delighted to be featured in 'This Girl Means Business' Magazine - Issue 5.  

When is the right time to quit your job abd start a business?


We highly recommend any fellow entrepeneurs to sign up to the Female Entrepeneur Association set up by Carrie Green in 2011.

Persevarance is the key to making things happen and self belief.


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Healthy Body x

Created on Sunday, 30 September 2012 Written by Arlette
Healthy Body x

Some people often wonder what on earth is the green drink? I'm an Evian fan.. always carrying bottle of water everywhere. Water is key in life.

After 15 years of drinking various things in my water, Echinachae, Milk Thistle, Spirulina, Bachs... Chlorophyll has become my new friend since October 2010 when I began learning about Life Alignment.

Drinking this makes…

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La Vie

Created on Sunday, 30 September 2012 Written by Arlette
La Vie

An Orchid is like a Woman

Like a woman

An orchid is a beautiful flower

Like her foundation

An orchid stem is strong yet flexible

Like her skin

The petals are silky soft to the touch

Like her feminine body

The orchid's form is rounded and curvaceous

Like her beauty

The vibrance of an orchid is designed by nature's highest vision


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Inspiration - Brazil

Created on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 Written by Arlette

Brazil = Happiness. Life, Love, Colour, Music, Arts and Crafts.

When in Brazil, it would be rude not to have a window shop.

Flip flop heaven. All I saw was Haviana shops galore. Personally, I prefer Ipanema's - the ones Giselle designed.

Granado - Perfumery, smelly bits and pieces.. one to check out - reviewed in Rio.

Gems in Rio.…

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Brazil - Religion, Churches

Created on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 Written by Arlette

Over the last few years, I think my religious side is coming back. Well I believe in something.

After years of sunday mass and making excuses not to go, there is something to be said to having some kind of faith - for me anyway. I absolutely believe there is someone looking out for me. I'm interested in Buddhism, yet…

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