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Lagos Leather Fair: Two Thousand Key Stakeholders Converged to Promote the Nigerian Leather Sector

To further drive growth within the Nigerian leather sector whilst also educating and creating maximum visibility for leading leather players across Africa, key stakeholders spread across Sub-Saharan Africa gathered at the just concluded Lagos Leather Fair (LLF) 5 to discuss the road map to the future of the leather industry.

The 2-day event which sought to reiterate the potential economic impact of the leather sector on the Nigerian economy had in attendance over 2000 key stakeholders including the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Adeniyi Adebayo, Ex-Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, and members from several Federal Ministries, Bank of Industry, Trade bodies, financial institutions, Leather designers, players in the leather ecosystem as well as local and international investors.

Speaking at the fair, the Convener of the Lagos Leather Fair, Femi Olayebi, expressed her delight about the large gathering and the quality of conversations had at the fair. She said “It has been a delight for us to once again hold a physical edition of Lagos Leather Fair, and we are extremely pleased with the success recorded. The crowds poured in across the two-day event in droves, and it is a testament to the value that the finished leather goods sector has for the wider industry if properly harnessed. For five years now, we have constantly provided a platform for leather and lifestyle enthusiasts and industry players to come together, to enhance visibility for the industry, whilst also championing conversations on how to move the industry forward. And this year, despite the impact of the pandemic, we have seen that industry players have continues to hone their craftsmanship, their skills, and their innovation, in order to drive the shift that we need to make the industry’s potential a reality. we are glad to have created this platform to showcase some of the country’s wins and economic prosperity. Some exhibitors who have been with us from the very first edition have now metamorphosed into international phenomenons, driving a positive Made-in-Nigeria narrative on the global stage.”

Speaking further, she also said, “As we round up year five with much excitement and optimism, the work continues — we are determined to continue to seek out ways to pull all the necessary thought leaders, policymakers, and key players together to keep changing the narrative and advancing the necessary conversations.”

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Industry, Trade, and InvestmentMr. Adeniyi Adebayo said “We are proud of the good works of Lagos Leather Fair over the past 5 years, they have created a solid platform where everyone within the leather ecosystem can meet up and hold conversations on how to move the industry forward. The result of this has become very visible with the growing attention gained by the industry and increased collaboration amongst players. For us as a ministry, we will continuously drive support till the potential of the leather industry is fully harnessed in Nigeria.

The fair also featured masterclass conversations that addressed the challenges of cross-border payments for SMEs, the role of the AFCFTA in aiding intra-African, and ways to enhance growth for businesses within the leather industry. Speakers were drawn from all sectors of the economy across finance, policy, manufacturing, and consultancy.

With the massive potential hidden within the hide and skin manufacturing sector and its impact on Nigeria’s economy, the Lagos Leather Fair has continued to lead the conversation aimed at changing the narrative within the industry across Nigeria and Africa at large.



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The Big Bang of the Lagos Leather Fair 5th Anniversary

There were thunderstorms, and the heavens opened with a downpour but that did not hinder the arrival of leather enthusiasts, fashion lovers, and fun-seekers at the Balmoral Convention Center of the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island the venue of the 5th Edition of the Lagos Leather Fair. One can very well say that the leather industry is an extreme sport therefore, a little rainfall wouldn’t daunt all that had been planned out for the local and international community. That’s how the day commenced.

Nigerians, or would it be better to say Africans, do have a magnificent taste when it comes to style, fashion, and creativity because, at the Lagos Leather Fair, one could swim in a sea of leather products and services that soothe different wants, needs, and style. It was a taste of leathery goodness with non-stop engaging activities at every nook and cranny of the fairground.

One activity that stood out was the conversations during the masterclasses. The first session for the day had the topic titled “The Journey Ahead for Intra-African Trade — Spotlight on Creatives and the AfCFTA” which focused on the role of the AfCFTA in aiding intra-African trade for SMEs and how brands can benefit from it. The panelists included representatives from the Trade Policy and Business Environment, Banks, Insurance, E-Commerce, and Consultancy firms.

Navigating the Challenges of Payment Gateways: What’s the way out for SMEs? and Achieving Social Impact in the Creative Space — Doing Good while Doing Business were leading conversations during the master classes. These discussions addressed the issues of cross-border payments faced by SMEs and the need to employ digital payments to ease cross-border transactions. The conversations also showcased the importance of businesses to contribute to the socio-economic growth of society. Speakers were able to share insights on ways that businesses can drive social change and impact.

The day was indeed more interesting than envisaged and all who were in attendance found it worth every second of their time. The air was cool, exhibitors were on their ‘A-game’, food vendors had the grills firing up non-stop, DJ supplied back-to-back tunes and the host was truly the best salesman. Visitors were entertained and booths were filled up. Questions were answered, knowledge was exchanged, and new relationships were born. It was a completely fun learning day.

Day 2 camealive by 10 am on Sunday the 12th of June. It was the last and final day. The venue was the Balmoral Convention Center at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island. There is no better way to celebrate Democracy Day than with friends, family, and loved ones at the Lagos Leather Fair to get an unforgettable leathery experience.



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The Lagos Leather Fair Came Out Five Time Better!

The most anticipated and the biggest Leather Fair in West Africa had an extremely exciting opening than imagined. The 5th Lagos Leather Fair was officially opened amidst a soiree of the crème de la crème of the leather ecosystem. It was an evening of cocktails, small talks, and great meetups one that truly would not be forgotten in a hurry.

The evening of Friday the 10th of June, at Balmoral Convention Center of The Federal Palace Hotel, was filled with color, glamour, and leathery excitement as guests walked in, exhibitors prepared, caterers plated and servers moved around with trays that were filled, and refilled.

As an international event, one that aims to seat amongst the likes of Le CUIR a Paris, ASAF in Istanbul, and LINEAPELLE in Italy, the grand opening of the 5th Lagos Leather Fair had in attendance key players within the leather ecosystem from the private and public sectors, the international players as well as the media. The event which began with a welcome remark from its Convener and Founder, Mrs. Femi Olayebi, witnessed speeches from its sponsors which includes Bank of Industry (BOI), Leadway Assurance, Providus Bank, and of course the Federal Ministry of Trade Investment.

The launch of a documentary that captured the essence of the Lagos Leather Fair formed part of the events for the evening. This paved the way for the official opening of the 5th edition of the Lagos Leather Fair where guests and dignitaries enjoyed the pleasure of being the first to tour the exhibition ground, interact with the exhibitors at their booths and experience the bliss of all the leathery that lay within.

The opening set the ball for window shopping, picture taking, video making, and of course buying beautifully made Nigerian leather products. The exhibitors ranged from designers of bags and purses to manufacturers of shoe belts and books, to retailers of accessories, and even providers of leather product maintaining and refurbishing services.

Finally, the Lagos Leather Fair has opened its doors to all leather enthusiasts, fashion lovers, and fun-seekers to share in the bliss of its 5th anniversary. You will be awed by the beauty of Made in Nigerian Leather products when you find your way to the Balmoral Convention Center of the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of June. Listen to the conversations, partake in the leather experience, enjoy the boot camps, watch the live atelier session, see the runway show and experience the pure joy of being around beauty and creativity. Need I say more……

See you there.

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LLF5 Presents…

We are excited to be back and looking forward to bringing you a spectacular LLF5 experience!!

This special edition will feature: 

EXHIBITIONS 

Over sixty leather designers of footwear, handbags, and small leather goods will showcase their talent alongside other players such as raw materials, hardware, and accessories suppliers, refurbished, etc. Each one of our exhibitors has been carefully selected and includes old favorites such as Ethnik Afrika, Joel Lani, Marte Egele, St Davids, FemiHandbags, Obacouture, Hanker+Reech, and Detail Africa, and newcomers like Timaro James, Kieva Desuwa, Seki, Rebel by Gracie and Honey Malaolu.

CONVERSATIONS

We are bringing you, yet again, some truly exciting and engaging conversations! This year, we will be exploring issues centered around business growth, the massive potential of Intra-African trade, payment systems, product positioning, and the real essence of social impact and what it means to do good while doing business. These discussions will be facilitated by both local and international thought leaders and industry experts who will bring their depth of experience to the table. Some of them include Temwa Gondwe of AfreximBank, Daniel Oparison of Paga, Tokunboh Ishmael of Alitheia Capital, Kanyinsade Ademuson of Seventh Space, Mai Atafo of ATAFO, Folakemi Fatogbe of the De-Risking Lab and Adesuwa Onyenokwe, one of Nigeria’s foremost journalists. You can’t afford to miss out!

CATWALKS
Our stylists and models are all set to thrill you with stunning performances! We can’t wait to show off what we have in store for you. The catwalks will run across both days of the Fair, so look out or miss out!

THE ATELIER 

This is a creative and interactive workshop that will be facilitated by two leather experts – the Creative Directors of Belinda and Hanker+Reech. These sessions will demonstrate the rigorous process of leather-crafting beautiful from concept to the final product. This is not one to be missed!

G.O.L.D (Guild of Leather Designers) 

We are extremely proud and excited to finally officially launch GOLD – Guild of Leather Designers (Nigeria), an advisory body solely dedicated to supporting the work of leather designers. Look out for more on this at the Fair!

So there! What are you waiting for? If you haven’t registered, click here, and prepare to experience our wonderful world of leather!


FemiHandbags initiative.
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Lagos Leather Fair Presents LLF5!

After two years away, Africa’s largest leather Fair is back with a bang and we cannot be more excited!

As the world opens up, and things seem to be slowly getting back to normal, we would love to invite you to join us at the 5th edition of Lagos Leather Fair which will be held from 11th — 12th June at the Balmoral, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos.

Lagos Leather Fair is the platform for start-ups and established designers alike to showcase their amazing talent, and for our ever awesome audience to shop and shop … and shop! It’s also a great place for other players along the leather value chain (tanneries, accessories and hardware suppliers, etc) to connect and collaborate. And there’s much more – unmissable conversations, stunning catwalks, and surprises galore! 

So go on, SAVE THE DATE, and REGISTER for free!

Date: 11th – 12th of June 2022.

Venue: The Balmoral, Federal Palace Hotel. Victoria Island, Lagos.

Time: 10 am – 8 pm daily.

We hope to see you there! 

Lagos Leather Fair is a FemiHandbags initiative.

For more information, please email @info@thelagaosleatherfair.com

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