Arthlene (Legair) Lawrence is an award-winning International Celebrity Fashion Designer, proud mother of 3 children, Public Motivational Speaker, Instructor, Mentor, Published Author, Celebrity wardrobe stylist and Philanthropist. She was born in the beautiful Caribbean Island of Dominica in the West Indies, a Coulibistrie native. She is currently the CEO of LeGair Brand Company located in Atlanta, Georgia, Owner and instructor at (L.I.F.E) “Laudat Institute of Fashion & Education” and the founder and president of the Restore to Empower Charity Organization.
Development and Education: Completely self-taught, she was inspired by the staunch resolve of her mother who would sew their family’s clothes to save money. Growing up in a developing nation without access to the finer things in life, Legair cultivated a determination that money couldn’t buy. She would use it to propel her toward success in the fashion industry years later. Her designs, which boast a mixture of Couture gowns, European styles and African textiles, were birthed out of her keen observations of the world around her.
Legair’s international background and knowledge of different styles have allowed her to run the gamut in fashion from formal, bridal, couture, ready to wear, prom to business attire for teens and adults. After less than a year of owning and operating The LeGair's House of Fashion Boutique in North Miami Beach, Florida, a dramatic life event relocated her and her children to Ohio. It was there that she received the impetus to further her education. She earned an Associate degree in Business Entrepreneurship at Columbus State College in September 2011 and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Management at The Columbia Southern University. Arthlene used the skills she learned there to build Legair Brand Fashion Legacy.
Accomplishments and recognition: Arthlene is widely noted for her avant-garde gown made up of over 700 peacock feathers valued at over $10,000.00 and featured in African Vibes magazine, Sparks magazine in England and Couture Fashion Week New York at the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel. She is a favorite designer of Hollywood actress Tangi Miller and gospel recording artists Lois Commodore and Deborah Hightower. Also favorite designer to Celebrity Actress Kari Wells a model from London England, Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine star and Tyler Perry “have and the have not's.
Arthlene has been the headline designer for many major fashion show to include, The Atlanta Latina Fashion Week sponsored by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Lipstick Monologues: The Couture Experience and the 2nd Annual Taste of Speed™ Jet Port Experience sponsored by Audi and DuPont registry. She is also a published Author, her book “Where my help comes from” is available at Amazon.com, and other locations in the USA, London and the Caribbean. She is now working on her second and third book schedule to be released in the year 2017. Arthlene is an active participant in the lives and welfare of many children and young adults. She was a Judge at Miss Georgia Latina and Miss Teen Georgia Latina Pageant. Professional Career presenter at the Blendon Middle School in Ohio, volunteer as Speech judge for the Georgia Academic Decathlon. The Thriving Children Foundation Gala at the Fox Theater in Atlanta Ga. Coats 4 children, Fashion for a cause, guest speaker at the Agnes Scott College for Truth in Chaos, Still Standing Foundation Domestic Violence Awareness event that honors survivors of Domestic Violence, Speaker at the Women's retreat in Ohio 2014, Presenter at the 9th Annual Aqua Salon & Day spa – Support the Fight against Breast Cancer. Guest speaker at Clark Atlanta University for the diaspora on a stool event. She sponsored and hosted a sewing work-shop in Los Angeles and volunteered to teach students how to make toy storage bags, which will be distributed to the Children at hospitals. Arthlene sponsors an annual toy drive and other yearly projects for needy children.
Arthlene was honored and received "Humanitarian Of The Year Award" at Atlanta City Hall Atrium by The Atlanta Latino Fashion Week, The Black Women In Jazz & The Arts Awards-2016 Youth Empowerment Through Music Award”, The Increase CDC Micro Entrepreneur Community Choice Award, The Increase CDC Micro Entrepreneur Retail Award, Top Designer Title for Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids, “I Am fashion-Top designer” at Ohio State University, Honoree for the 2015 “Heroine in Heels Award” where her story is featured in the book Heroine in Heels and “Consciously Beautiful I am enough “an American documentary television series based on the book Consciously Beautiful.
Her fashions have been featured in many local, national and international publications and media outlets to name a few! The Atlanta |Modern Luxury, Brides magazine, Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine reality show season two and Realitytvfashion.com. CBS Atlanta Morning show, Channel 10 News, ABEC'S Small Business Review, The Conscious Voice magazine, Ohio,614 magazine, I Wear African, Unveiled Dreams,The Stan Watson TV show, World Liberty TV New York ,WAEC Love 860 radio; Dominica Vibes News; Trendsetter 2 Trendsetter magazine, Capital style magazine, NEWD Magazine and Radio; Tucker Uptown Community magazine; Mark five forty-one Magazine and Radio Show, Caribbean Fashion Spot, She launch her own fashion week in Paris France 10/02/16
Her designs have been shown and awarded accolades at the following fashion shows and events: Paris fashion week, Couture fashion week New York, The Women's Empowerment Network Conference Fashion show with Lisa Nicole Bravo TV star, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc, London fashion week, Kouture Magazine Event in New York; Urban Gospel Fest in Miami; Fashion Week Columbus; the Ohio State Fair; Highball Fashion Show; Miss Black Ohio; International Fellowship Women’s Conference; Fashion Fete NYC; MIT University; The BOVANTI Upscale Magazine World Fashion Tour Hampton VA; The DeKalb county 3rd Annual International Food & Musical Festival;
Passion and vision: Arthlene is very dedicated to the welfare of young women, giving the fact it was her concern for her daughter that started her journey in the fashion industry. She spend her time sharing her story of being a survivor of domestic abuse and empowers women to reach for their dreams. Having first hand knowledge and the impact domestic violence can have on one’s entire life, Arthlene has decide to add to her R2E program (Domestic Abuse Awareness) to also assist women and children who are victims of domestic violence, including verbal, emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse with much needed training.
Charity-Philanthropy: She is the founder and President of Restore to Empower Organization and Imagine me Models, two organizations that empowers youth to reach their full potential. Restore to Empower is a nonprofit 501(C) 3 charity organization, providing mentoring and educational training programs through the arts for young adults, at-risk kids and high school dropout. The program will form partnerships with local school districts, community leaders, businesses, parents and the juvenile court system. Restore to Empower goal is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of hope in the future. Only through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be reestablished that will give youth the come, Arthlene is gifted with the ability to encourage and empower other to step out and reach for their dreams no matter what circumstances are before them.
We believe if we empower our youth we can build stronger communities.
Raising awareness-Empowering & Restoring Women & Children of domestic violence.
We are Restored To Empower-The Changed.