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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 1000 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 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.


Arthlene Legair Lawrence, is an award winning international celebrity fashion designer, winner of the 2022 Presidential lifetime achievement award for her volunteer work in the nonprofit sector, pitch winner at the women of wealth Hampton event, fashion stylist, Host of Real talk-Real Issues-Real Life TV talk show at Imagine Me TV, Sewing & fashion Instructor at Clayton State University, Certified life coach, business coach and public speaker. Proud mother of three, Grandma and dedicated wife to her husband DR. Hadley Lawrence ND. Her Legair Brand fashion has appeared on Bravo Television’s Married to Medicine, and other national television and in magazines. Her designs have graced the runways in Paris, England, Hollywood, New York, and other international markets.

She is the founder of  The Imagine Me Vocational School & Founder/Director of Restore To Empower INC, 501(c)3, an NGO focusing on underprivileged/at-risk youth and abused women in the USA and Dominica. Restore to empower focal points are, empowering, training and developing skills in youth and abused women, give them the tool they need to live a fulfilling life. Lawrence started her organization in 2015 serving her local community and then branching out into the island of Dominica. Mrs Lawrence is dedicated to bringing change to the communities she serves and believes and lives by the Chinese proverb-“If you give a man a fish, he will be hungry tomorrow. If you teach a man to fish, he will be richer forever.”

Lawrence wears many hats in her creative endeavors. She is the host of, The Facts of Life Radio Show, 1120 AM 104.5. She also is a published author of four books, “Where My Hope Comes From: Prayers and Promises of Hope,” “Rising Through Life’s Struggles and Challenges.” “Journey to Wholeness and Purpose.” and her new book, “Quarantine with God.” A book she wrote after recovering from covid-19 and losing her dad all in the same week. January 2021, Self Love Journal for business women 2022.

Lawrence is active in public service and dedication to the welfare of abused young women. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children, She has been a guest speaker at Agnes Scott College, The Still Standing Foundation which assists survivors of domestic violence, Ohio women’s retreat, Keynote speaker Caribbean heritage event at St Paul’s Episcopal Church Atlanta Ga and many more.                     

Lawrence is a wife and proud mother of three children. She’s originally from the Caribbean Island of Dominica but has called the U.S. home for more than 30 years. She enjoys traveling, writing, teaching, mentoring, shopping, styling other women and attending cultural events when she’s not in the design studio creating new collections. 

Lawrence enjoys helping people and empowering them to reach their dreams. Her favorite item to shop for are elegant, fancy high heel shoes; and has over 100 pairs of shoes in her collection.


Having developed her sewing curriculum which she taught at Clayton State University and other private classes which yield successful entrepreneurs, she seeks now to take her school to the Caribbean islands, starting with her country of birth, Commonwealth of Dominica, where she will be opening the first creative arts community college for young persons to embrace skills of sewing and fashion designing, customer service-virtual assistance, culinary arts, becoming a makeup artist, image and Self-care, sports, agriculture, business start-up, and basic computer Skills. More courses will be added yearly as the school grows and the demand for other training increases.


Media Appearances and designs features

  • Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine season 2

  • Imagine Me TV Talk Show

  • Featured Honoree in Who’s Who In Black Atlanta

  • CBS Atlanta Morning Show

  • Channel 10 News Ohio

  • The Atlanta |Modern Luxury

  • Bride’s magazine

  • ABEC'S Small Business Review

  • Dominica Vibes News

  • Capital Style Magazine,

  • Caribbean Fashion Spot

  • Sparks Magazine England                                                                                                                                     

  • Headline designer, Atlanta Latina Fashion Week sponsored by                                                        

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport                                                                                                                           

  • Headline Designer, Taste of Speed™ Audi and DuPont registry

  • Couture Fashion Week New York

  • Paris Fashion Week France

  • London Fashion Week England

  • Natl Coalition of 100 Black Women 

  • Miss Black Ohio Fashion Show

  • MIT University Fashion Presenter

  • Woman Owned Small Business Certification

  • Fayette Chamber of Commerce member

  • Who ‘s Who In Black Atlanta.

  • The Conscious Voice magazine,

  • Voyage Atlanta

  • Kouture Magazine Event in New York; 

  • Urban Gospel Fest in Miami; 

  • Fashion Week Columbus;

  • The Ohio State Fair; 

  • Blazing the Runway; 

  • The Highball Fashion Show; 

  • Coats 4 Children charity event; 

  • Caribbean Fashion Extravaganza in New York; 

  • C.O. tour of Columbus; 

  • Miss Black Ohio; Hair Meets Fashion; 

  • 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; 

  • The Women's Empowerment Network Conference 

  • Fashion show with Lisa Nicole Bravo TV star

  • 614 magazine Columbus Ohio

  • I Wear African Hollywood California

  • The Stan Watson TV show, 

  • World Liberty TV New York 

  • WAEC Love 860 radio; 

  • Dominica Vibes News; 

  • Trendsetter 2 Trendsetter magazine,

  • Mark five forty-one Magazine and Radio Show,

  • Movie The Best Supporting Daddy; 



  • 2022 Presidential lifetime achievement award

  • The Humanitarian of the Year Award, Atlanta City Hall Atrium by Atlanta Latino Fashion Week

  • 100 Most influential women-Global Woman

  • The Black Women in Jazz & the Arts Awards, Youth Empowerment through Music Award

  • Who’s who in Black Atlanta Honoree 

  • The Increase CDC Micro Entrepreneur Community Choice Award and Retail Award

  • Award of Excellence, Fashion Innovation, Caribbean Style & Culture Fashion Showcase in DC

  • Award of Excellence Fashion Innovation, Caribbean Style/Culture Fashion Showcase DC

  • 2018 Writer of the Year Inspirational Writing Award

  • Top designer Award at The Ohio State University “I am Fashion” event

  • Nellie’s Champion for kids Top Designer Award (serving Kids with cancer)

  • Proclamations and recognition from City of Fayetteville, Ga Mayor Ed Johnson for her girls mentoring group, Caribbean networking business group and her TV Network 

  • Nominated for “TV host of the year award”, Antigua Barbuda Gospel Music and Media Awards Official Nominee . 2022


Philanthropy/Humanitarian Work: President of (R2E) Restore to Empower Charity, a nonprofit organization that empowers youth to reach their full potential. The organization provides leadership training, mentoring and educational training programs through the arts for young adults, at-risk kids, and high school dropouts. Restore To Empower Organization has served or donated to communities in Europe, Caribbean Islands, Africa and several states in the USA.

The program will form partnerships with local school districts, churches, community leaders, businesses, parents, and the juvenile court system. R2E’s goal is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of hope in the future. Recently launched Imagine mixed pantry serving local families monthly. Her goal is to be able to serve these families weekly to meet the demand of the many other families that are reaching out for support.

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