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Lace Ups owner Ashleigh Clare.

ASHLEIGH Clare has created a fresh look to a familiar shop on the main street of Winton.

A Bachelor of Fashion and Design graduate, with experience in Dunedin’s upmarket Arthur Barnett’s ladies’ wear department, Miss Clare has returned south, and said she was very excited to take over the Lace Ups footwear shop.

“When this came up for sale… it was a nice opportunity to throw myself in with retail and fashion insight. I am looking forward to building on my experience and be able to give the business a whole, well-rounded look.”
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Buying the popular shop was a great way to combine all the learning and experience she had gained so far, she said.

“I had wanted to come back to Winton, and I always had an interest in shoes, and also had a broad knowledge in terms of fashion.

“Winton is a great shopping destination with its lovely hub of fashion shops, which gives more emphasis for people to come out and see us.”

The response so far had been great, she said, with people stopping by to say hello and see what changes she was undertaking at her shop.

Miss Clare said Lace Ups had been around for a long time and had regular customers from as far away as Invercargill, Gore and the Queenstown Lakes district but she also had plans to attract more customers with a diversity of footwear with new styles and a fresh perspective.

“I listen to what the customers are saying. For example, a lot are asking for shoes with a wider fit.”

As well as footwear and handbag retail therapy, people can also drop off their dry cleaning and a shoe repair service is available.

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