Gabriel Leavell: Contemporary Renaissance in Johannesburg

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Gabriel Leavell is the quintessential Renaissance man. He is an accomplished multi-industry entrepreneur with a focus on hospitality. After finding success running several Airbnb’s in the U.S and Mexico, Gabriel combined that experience along with his passion for art & design, into the luxurious magnificence known as Daze House in Johannesburg, South Africa. From fashion to real estate, Gabriel has always had a focus on intention. With his most recent project Daze House, Leavell is looking to expand this boutique hotel brand to an international presence.

Gabriel’s Blaxit Blueprint

  1. Break The Mold: Growing up in Everett, WA, Gabriel was born with a desire to break the mold. Leavell fought the trajectory of his small-town upbringing which most likely ended up with him working on the assembly line at Boeing.
  2. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment: Gabriel constantly hustled, trying his hand at any and every business of that interested him. Though he experienced many “failures”, he took away valuable lessons that helped him evolve into the dynamic entrepreneur he is today.
  3. Focus on Intention: As Gabriel adjusts to living in South Africa and operating a hotel in the country, he approaches everything with a level of intention. He intentionally hires locals for his projects, inviting conversation, and creating an evolving ecosystem inspired by several African countries through Daze House.

Learn more about out Daze House. Follow Daze House on Instagram @dazehousesa, Twitter: @dazehouse, and on Facebook: @dazehousesa

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Chrishan Wright is an award-winning digital marketing expert and creator of Blaxit Global. She is a loving mother to two children, an avid traveler, and an aspiring expat. Since creating Blaxit Global, Chrishan's been featured in The New York Times, Huffpost, PBS, InStyle Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, Travel Noire, and more. Chrishan is the recipient of the "40 Under Forty" award from The Network Journal Magazine. In 2019, Chrishan was recognized for her work on the Advil PM brand with the Gold ARF David Ogilvy Award.

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