vanessa_leisegangAs Operations Manager of The Space, a chain of 10 stores offering South African Designers a platform to showcase their products in top-flight malls, Vanessa Leisegang is at the forefront of helping South African Designers build sustainable commercial fashion business supported by a professional retail infrastructure. The Space has generated hundred of millions of rands in turnover for South African Designers since it was established 1999 and Vanessa is leading the effort to continue to find innovative ways for local Designers to increase their slice of the multi -billion rand fashion retail business in South Africa.  Vanessa has a keen sense of what it takes to make a fashion retail business successful. She has over 12 years international retail experience and worked  for subsidiary of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy)  as Retail Operations Manager in the American and European retail markets. There Vanessa trained and coached large sales teams to achieve and exceed their goals, run successful promotions and special sales, all aimed at driving sales. “My years at abroad taught me to recognise employees with strong growth potential, develop career paths for them and inspire them to achieve to their fullest potential,” she says. “I really came to see that everything starts with people, whether Designers, employees or customers, and I think the current growth trajectory of The Space is testimony to that truth. If you’re a talented local Designer looking to make a success of yourself, come talk to us.”