After completing his articles in 2011, Leon received a sponsorship from Deloitte to chase a childhood dream of his − becoming a professional golfer. He turned pro in 2012 and gave it his best shot in South Africa (Sunshine Tour) and abroad.
In 2013 he started a business called Freedom of Movement (FOM) with his brother Roal Boezaart in a small room at the University of Stellenbosch with the vision of creating a proudly South African lifestyle brand. Today, six years later, they have an established brand that features a range of premium leather products, footwear, timepieces, sunglasses and accessories. In a relatively short space of time, they have managed to establish a large online presence and a retail footprint across South Africa. They currently have nine FOM retail concept stores and have recently secured a new location in Johannesburg where they will be opening their tenth store in August 2019. They have also exported to Europe and Australia and are in the process of securing more opportunities in the export market.
Their most recent highlight was launching a shoe in collaboration with Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi. The proceeds from the sale of their FOMxKolisi vellies will be used to resurface and level a sports field at the Mbekweni Youth Centre, an underprivileged community just outside Paarl in the Western Cape.
Léan believes CAs(SA) are extremely well equipped to start new businesses but that the financial safety net that comes with the qualification in most cases stops them from trying. He is hoping that his journey will inspire more CAs(SA) to start new ventures, explore uncharted avenues, and have a little bit more ‘freedom of movement’.