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Rouxnieta Maritz, co-founder of Original Magpie

I believe that reinventing yourself and embracing challenges throughout each season of your life, are some of the most liberating acts of self-love. As women, we have so many roles to play; that of a wife, daughter, sister, mother, friend, successful professional etc. Each of these roles has shaped and changed me in so many ways.

During a vacation with my sister-in-law, we discovered a shared passion for travel, fashion and style. We both felt strongly about easy to wear, yet stylish handbags and this shared passion led to the birth of Original Magpie. For us, creating and developing a unique and proudly South African product, was more than just offering a functional fashion item or making our dreams come true. It excites us that Original Magpie has contributed to creating jobs in the Western Cape.

One thing that life has taught me is to never put your dreams and potential in a box. Do everything, even if it scares you! Thanks to Magpie, I have learnt to move out of my comfort zone and as nerve racking as it was and as anxious as I have been to embark on this new journey, it made me realise that you can dare to dream and to put your dreams into action. You just need to take that first step! By constantly challenging ourselves, we become more interesting and diverse. Also, surround yourselves with people who you can learn from and where you are not the teacher or boss.

At Original Magpie, we are proud of the fact that all our leather items are not only locally manufactured and hand created to perfection, but is also done by women for women! The existing range of items on offer is constantly growing and we are proud of our collaboration with the best in the industry. I believe that we are all part of one tribe, so let us uplift, encourage and challenge one another.

I am blessed with the most amazing role models in my life. Women who practise what they preach, guide, support and love me unconditionally and who want more for others than for themselves.

It is not always about the outcome or even the success, but the fact that you had the guts to step outside your comfort zone, to grow and to challenge yourself.

Like Mae West said: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” So, let’s make it count and leave a legacy for the generations to come.

In the end, it is you vs you.

Rouxnieta Maritz