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Top Billing meets Shelley Lee of leather brand Verse
Top Billing meets designer and founder of Verse, Shelley-Lee Klopper
Graduating in graphic design, Shelley Lee chose to do an apprenticeship with a master leather craftsman in the Karoo after she developed a fascination with leather.
She’d started a vintage themed business at varsity, used that to fund her new brand Verse and in 2018 it saw her selected as a Design Indaba Emerging Creative. Today she also features at respected fairs like KAMERS Makers.
Her success allows Shelley to create jobs and pass on her skill to the people she employs, and worked into each piece is the artist’s personal approach to changing our throwaway culture. A distinctive feature of her brand, Shelley Lee engraves a verse of excerpt that is significant to her on each piece she produces.
With orders arriving via her on-line retail store, Shelley enjoys unwinding and refocusing with yoga, something she enjoys with her mother Mandy Klopper. After that it’s back to work on her successful brand, and branching out with her exciting upcoming clothing line!