My Week in Beulah
FOUNDERS OF STORCX
MEET THE FOUNDERS OF STORCX
The ladies behind Storcx are a force to be reckoned with. Before starting their
latest venture as the UK’s most popular money-pooling website,
both women had illustrious careers in multiple fields.
Lohralee grew up in rural Canada where she headed up the sales team for
Diesel Clothing in Western Canada, before falling into a successful modelling
career for over a decade. She also has a degree in interior design and a
Diploma in nutritional therapy that she then used during her private practice
in Notting Hill. After having three beautiful children she was determined to write a
healthy eating cookbook for children and families and has
since then, sold thousands of copies worldwide.
Elizabeth started her career in Corporate Finance at a boutique firm.
After several years she moved onto leading a FTSE 250 firm in Executive Search
where she build up a Private Banking Division, recruiting for
some of the worlds leading wealth managers and private banks. When the banking
bubble crashed in 2008, she left the city to co-found Little Emperors & Co;
a renowned Luxury Travel discount club which has been nominated for
several industry awards. She sold out of the business in
2012 to have children, and now is the mother of two sons.
We speak to the women about their latest venture, how they manage
to balance being mothers and business owners
and what they do to feel empowered.
Indrina Embroidered Velvet Kimono & Amma Embroidered Velvet Coat
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
E: My two sons. Their confidence, kindness and wit fills me with pride every day.
L: Storcx and my 4 children and my finding the perfect partner to work with. I am very blessed to have a family I love at home and at work.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
E: ALL women who seem to juggle it all! Its a tough ask!
L: My step-father was a hug inspiration to me. He helped develop my drive and nurtured my creativity.
What are the biggest challenges you face and how do you overcome them?
We think with any start up business there are always road blocks in your
visionary path, you overcome them by staying true to what you set out to do
but learning to adapt with what you learn along the way.
How do you juggle work and being mothers?
With difficulty! There is no magic answer, you have to do what
works for you and your family and try to keep your head above water!
What is your favourite part about being a mother?
E: Watching them learn new things, and of course bed time snuggles.
L: Seeing them grow and hearing their ideas, children say the most wonderful
things and sometime hearing their little voices and the
innocents of their truths is the most beautiful thing.
Yahvi Tailored Midi Dress Navy & Shalini Micro Geo Floral Shirt Dress
Tell us a bit about Storcx and how it came about?
Storcx is simply a personalised way to club together with friends for group gifts. When our children
were at nursery we battled collecting money for teachers presents from the mums, keeping
track of it and remming people who hadn’t contributed to do so without being rude!
There was nothing in the market that offered this collection process in a pretty, simple way, so we thought
we would create one – Storcx was born. We then realised it could be used for any group
gifting scenario and wanted to become the go to gifting site for any occasion.
Omisha Coral Cashmere Jumper, Kashri Micro Geo Floral Tiered Skirt
& Indira Micro Geo Floral Emerald Dress
How would you describe your personal style?
E: Classic. I’ve had to adapt having two boys and spending time running
between meetings and football pitches – so it’s a combo of classic
chic with trainers and a rain coat!
L: Rock chic, with twist of classic.
What is your favourite piece in the Beulah AW19 collection?
E: I don’t know where to start.. I love the knitwear and the Amma Black & Teal Velvet Kimono.
L: I love the jumpers and adore the Aaloka striped velvet black jumpsuit.
How do you celebrate women in your life?
E: In any way that allows time for them and to feel like a woman; spa treatments,
or flowers always seem to bring a smile!
L: I am very much a girls, girl and whenever I can get my girl clan together, I do.
Whether it’s doing a cooking lesson at home, girls breakfast,
lunch or dinner, drinks or spa day, or walk in the park, I do it when I can!
What do you do to feel empowered?
E: Sleep and exercise!
L: Like E, sleep, exercise and also mediation.
What particularly inspires you about Beulah’s social impact mission?
We think running a business is difficult enough, particularly as a mother. The fact that
Beulah manages to incorporate helping
others and bringing about positive change
in the lives of women through teaching of
skills and bringing employment to those
who would not have had these opportunities is incredible and utterly admirable.
Follow Lohralee Astor & Elizabeth Sieff Rafferty on Instagram and view Storcx’s website.
Hair and makeup by SecretSpa
We have provided
HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT
For vulnerable and trafficked women. Our aim is to enable them to live in freedom
We're creating a sustainable, commercial, and creative vehicle that will provide an alternative livelihood to these women. We do this by providing meaningful employment to women who craft our products, and we also donate 10% of our profits to charitable causes.
We are currently working with
Who are joining us in our cause to empower women through the business of fashion.