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South Africa we are coming for you...

It’s been a difficult journey for small businesses recently, and here at Van Velze & Smith we have certainly felt the effects of it. However, it has undoubtably proven to me again that being out of your comfort zone is a great thing. It is the time when you are most creative; a time when you are the very best at problem solving; and a time that reminds me of why I moved to England: to be uncomfortable. To grow. Growing our brand has never been an easy feat: we learn as we go, and we have to trust our initiatives. This is my first experience of running a business, and my mistakes have not been enjoyable by any means,...

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Leather boots “Bang for your buck”?

So, you are all decked up for the weekend party with a nice, impressive outfit and a statement accessory complementing your entire look. However, you decimated an incredibly well-styled ensemble by pulling out knock off shoes from the wardrobe.   We have all been guilty of splurging on clothes and skimping out on luxurious footwear. While clothes create the majority of your look, shoes can make or break an outfit and sometimes an entire deal. The old adage, “You get what you pay for,” rings true time and time again.   While expensive boots make you feel a pinch in the wallet, they are worth every penny spent in the long run.   Most people in their 20s and 30s...

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