Designer Profile: Allusions by A.Lekay Swimwear

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Designer A. Lekay (R) takes a bow during the Designers' Review fashion show at Helen Mills Event Space on September 6, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: Designer A. Lekay (R) takes a bow during the Designers’ Review fashion show at Helen Mills Event Space on September 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)

A.Lekay

Allusions by A.Lekay Swimwear CEO
    “Luxury that doesn’t blend in”

 Mercedes Benz, New York Fashion Week, September 2014

A product of Lakeland, Florida, a city that is appropriately named as it roughly has 40 lakes, Altrichia “A. Lekay” Cook, has always been surrounded by beautiful waters and sunny weather. Hanging at the beach, and swimming pools were daily activities for the Floridian, which appropriately made swimwear a uniform. While as a youngster, shopping for swimsuits was easy, quick and fun. A.Lekay, the adult and new mom found hardships while trying to fit her post-baby body.
Preparing for a vacation to San Juan, Puerto Rico in March 2013, the frustration of not finding a swimsuit masked her “abdominal imperfections” from child bearing, and the decision to not wear a monokini, led A.Lekay to creating a suit that made her feel both sexy and beach appropriate. At that moment, Allusions by A.Lekay high waist Swimwear was born. Although A. Lekay High Waist Swimwear was organically born, from true passion and frustration, it’s creation was not always the plan for the designer. A. Lekay’s vision for her future was much like that of a swimsuit contestant in a beauty pageant, to simply change the world. Armed with Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Social Policy Administration (Florida A&M University, 2011), A. Lekay set out to do just that. She would have never predicted that her contribution to “change” would come in the form of fashion. Embracing and developing a new found love for assorted prints and patterns of tricot fabrics has enabled her to just what she has always aspired to do. This form of change came by way of helping women to gain confidence and feel sexy thru her design. A. Lekay is excited and proud to have discretely found a way to help women on each end of the spectrum. Be it a new mom, a super model or even the most fashionable women, A.Lekay’s design concept allows all discover “luxury that doesn’t blend” and provides with women with the assurance and security of feeling flawless while enjoying any water encounter. Within her first year of business, A.Lekay travelled throughout the East Coast of the U.S showcasing her designs in over ten fashion shows. Most notably, Allusions b by A.Lekay was invited to showcase in two of fashion industries most prestigious entities; New York Fashion Week in September 2013 and Miami Fashion Week in May 2014. A.Lekay honored with several awards including the “You Make a Difference Every day” Award presented by the Polk County School Board Teen Parent Program and nominated for Black Girls Rock Tampa Bay. Featured in an array of media outlets such as new stations,
The Daytime TV Show, magazines, fashion blogs, celebrity news mediums, and shipping her brand intentionally, A.Lekay lives by a personal quote “there are infinite possibilities for those who stay determined.” Using Social Media (Instagram and Facebook) as her way to create an abundance of business as well as to network with other business women, A.Lekay is definitely a #SocialPreneur / #SocialMediaSuperStar. Within just nine months of creating her business Instagram account, she had accumulated a following of over 10,000. Thru her status as an entrepreneur and community leader, A.Lekay has had to opportunity to speak throughout her community at a plethora of school functions, seminars, workshops and was recently the keynote speaker at the Polk County Schools Teen Parent Program’s Annual “Navigating Your Future” Leadership Conference.” With her true passion for making a difference and change lives, A.Lekay was led to collaborating Polk County School Board and Allusions by A.Lekay hosted “The Sweetheart Seminar: I Love Me” this past Valentine’s Day. See story http://www.theledger.com/article/20140214/NEWS/140219499 The purpose of this seminar was to help teen mothers discover their beauty within and to maintain self-determination and belief within to soar throughout life. In addition, Allusions by A.Lekay has co-sponsored an array of charitable events such as
The MyTouch Barbershop Back-To-School Drive, PNF Radio Thanksgiving Breakfast 2013, and FASH 4 HOPE Charity Fashion Show2013. A.Lekay is ecstatic and eager to live out her childhood dreams of helping others while synonymously
maintaining her creativity and passion for fashion by “changing the world with one “highwaistkini” at a time.”
Visit  website: www.allusionsbyalekay.com
 LIKE them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/allusionsbyalekay

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The former Harper’s Bazaar Russia editor has been a fashion week street style icon favorite of ours for a minute! Check out some of her style recently at #NYFW #MBFW #SS2015

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The Closet Service: Reserve. Rent. Return

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The Closet Service: Specialty made dresses and gowns for women to rent for an amazing price! Changing looks one at a time! Reserve. Rent. Return

Who do you admire? Fashion/designer/business wise

Beyonce’! Overall, her brand is impeccable. She is the epitome of what I strive to be which is being a successful businesswoman, wife, and mother.

Tell us about your business, services, and market audience

The Closet Service is an NY-based online service that allow women to rent specialty made dresses for an amazing price. In September, we will be launching our glam package deals where women will be able to get their makeup done, hair styled, and dress rental for an affordable price! If you are that girl that loves to look amazing and wants to channel her “inner diva,” then this service is for you.

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What does fashion mean to you?

To me, fashion allows you to be anyone you want to be! Fashion means individuality meets creativity.

When did you realize you wanted to start a rental business?

I love going out and looking my best at all times. With that being said, you can imagine how much money I spent on outfits. And as women, you know we don’t want to be seen in the same dress twice! Thinking of ways to still keep my lifestyle without hurting my pocketbook, The Closet Service came into fruition!

What sets you apart from other businesses that offer this same service?

The Closet Service aims to empower women by providing a transformational experience that not only makes them feel fabulous on the outside, but on the inside as well. We are not just a rental company but more so a lifestyle. We want women to be able to afford the look she always dreamed of without breaking the piggy bank. ​

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What matters to you most as a business owner?

Making sure that my customers are 100% satisfied! There’s nothing like seeing a smile on my customer’s face and her showing true confidence! Best feeling ever!

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Personal Style Questions

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How would you define your personal style?

I love to mix high-end pieces with my affordable items!

What’s your favorite trend this For 2014/if any

I always look forward to the boots! I love a good pair of boots whether they are thigh high or ankle booties.

What’s your favorite fashion accessory or a necessity ?

My favorite accessory is my heels!

What are your top 3(or more if you want) essential clothing staples? For a man and woman.

For a woman: a good pair of jeans, a nice black blazer, and the perfect little black dress.

What do you love to see a woman/man wearing?

I love to see women with a nice handbag and a pair of heels. These two things can make any outfit pop!

What is your most prized material possession?

My gold Chanel cross body handbag! I wear this with almost everything!

Favorite Quote, advice to others? 

“Have your own life before you become somebody’s wife” Beyonce’`

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Who do you admire as a blogger?

My all time favorite fashion blogger is Claire Sulmers. Not only is she beautiful, it is so inspirational to see someone you admire achieve all of their dreams. It makes it more of a reality that I can achieve my dreams.

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What does beauty mean to you?

To me, beauty is confidence. It is the best accessory to have. Confidence doesn’t care what other people think about you. Confidence allows you to own your flaws and mistakes. This is a beauty.
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When did you realize you wanted to become a stylist/blogger?

While in college I worked as a stylist. When you’re young, and your parents are paying for college, they don’t always believe in the “freelance” lifestyle. My mother wanted me to pursue a degree in education or something credible. Because of this, I gave up styling and got my degree in Television and Radio. My passion for fashion remained with me throughout the years. Late last year I decided to start a fashion blog highlighting affordable fashion. Everyone wants to look good, but no one wants to spend an arm and a leg. People also tend to confuse high-end labels with having style. I wanted a platform to show women that you don’t have to spend money on labels to look good. Better yet, I will show you how and where to stop for great looks under $100.

 

What sets you apart from other bloggers?

My blog is not just about me. I love to highlight other fashionistas. I also enjoy recreating celebrity looks and highlighting celebrity fashion. I enjoy putting looks together that celebrities recently wore.
Who are your ideal clients? My ideal client is a working woman on a budget. She works hard, plays harder and likes to look good while doing it. My ideal client doesn’t care if her pants are from Gucci, The Gap or The Salvation Army. She wears each item of clothing with confidence.

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Your wishlist clientele would include?

I would love to style Christina Milian. I think she’s a beautiful woman that would stand out more with the right statement pieces. I’d also like to style Rita Ora. I love her style, but proper tailoring can tie her looks together.

What matters to you most as bloggers?

What matters to me most as a blogger is positivity. I will never give negative feedback as a blogger. I want to highlight and empower women. It is not possible to do that by tearing down someone’s style or fashion choice. If I do not agree with what they’re wearing, I will not blog about it. Momma said it best, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
What advice do you have for aspiring bloggers? Don’t stop because you don’t get the response you expect. I find most bloggers start strong and slowly trail off. The key to blogging is consistency. Whether you know it or not, you’re slowly building an audience. People begin to look forward to your blog post. When you stop, they miss you. Be consistent!
Must have beauty and makeup items to have? I’m not a makeup junkie but I cannot leave home without lipstick and concealer.

Personal Style Questions

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Favorite stores to shop (online etc.)?

I only do my shopping online! I’ve mastered it. I rarely shop online boutiques, and I never shop department stores. I frequent Forever 21, Zara, Boohoo, MotelRocks, Misguided, The Gap, your basic everyday retailers. The key is finding the hidden gems and styling them

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How would you define your personal style?

I’m not too sure how to describe my personal style. I like different things. I love to take a basic item and add a statement piece to it to make it pop. I’m not too flashy. I love mixing prints and patterns. I wouldn’t be able to sum up my style into a category. It’s a big mixture of everything. Overall, I love the crisp look.

What’s your favorite fashion accessory or a necessity ?

I stand all at 5 feet. I will never leave home without heels! It is a necessity. Heels and a bold lipstick and I am ready to take on the world!

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What are your top 3(or more if you want) essential clothing staples?

For a man and woman. For a woman, you need a pair of pumps! I would say a bold pair rather than a basic black or tan. A blazer and a pair of skinny jeans. For a man, a white tee, a gold watch and pair of casual shoes.

What is your most prized material possession?

My phone! How else will I take selfies?

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Favorite Quote, advice to others?
Luke 11:10
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.