|LLF DIGITAL DAY 2 RECAP|
Day 2 was off to a great start with the very first conversation of the show titled “Finding a Balance Between Creativity & Sustainability. The speakers – Lanre DaSilva Ajayi, Femi Olayebi, Gilles Acogny and moderated by Rukky Ladoja – critically examined creativity and all its possible methods of long-term sustainability.
At 2pm, Otejiri Ejumabone, Creative Director, Hanker+Reech gave us insights on all you need to know about the intricacies and techniques to hand-stitching leather to perfection.15 MINUTES WITH HANKER+REECH: HAND-STITCHING TO PERFECTIONHere’s a snippet of how the Fundamentals of Product Design and Development masterclass with Prof. Yvonne Watson and Lani Adeoye went. Our brilliant minded speakers delved right into laying emphasis on having a USP (Unique Selling Point) for your brand and being limitless in all aspects of design and development.
The 3D Virtual Exhibition is live ALL DAY, EVERY DAY for retailers and buyers who are interested in stylish, authentic and exclusive leather products.
And here we have the schedule for Day 3:
12:00PM (WAT): BREAKING THE MADE-IN-AFRICA STEREOTYPE
This conversation will require the speakers to discuss the Made-in-Africa phenomenon, and take a deep dive into issues surrounding the established stereotypes around African made, and how that affects their creative direction and their ability to play effectively in the global marketplace.
Moderator: Sinmi Olayebi, Director of Social Programs, FemiHandbags.
Giovanni Romano, CEO, Ithaki Paris.
Nelly Wandji, Founder & Consultant, Nelly Wandji.
Laduma Ngxokolo, CEO/Creative Director, MaXhosa Africa.
2:00 PM (WAT): 15 MINUTES WITH TARA MULHARE: TAKING YOUR BUSINESS FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL
4:00PM (WAT): STORYTELLING: HOW TO STAND OUT IN A CROWDED SPACE.
This conversation will require the speakers to discuss storytelling as a major branding and marketing, and ways in which brands can tell their stories in their most original yet appealing form.
Moderator: Damilola Odufuwa, Head of PR for Africa, Binance
Papa Omotayo, Founder, A Whitespace Creative Agency
Alheri Egor-egbe, Google Account Strategist, Google
Daniel Obasi, Art Director, Daniel Obasi.
Fisayo Longe, CEO and Creative Director, Kai Collective.
6:00 PM (WAT): 15 MINUTES WITH OLUFUNKE JONES: PROVIDUS BANK AND THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY.
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| This year’s edition of Lagos Leather Fair — LLF Digital — will comprise a dynamic array of conversations and masterclasses on a range of topics targeted at creatives, business owners and keen up-and-comers alike.|
From brand storytelling and sustainability to product development and intellectual property, amongst other topics, all conversations (held via Zoom) will be centred on the creative, fashion and leather industries, and will be delivered by industry experts and thought leaders, from Paris to South Africa to New York to Tanzania.
The conversations kick off with a panel discussion titled Straight Talk: Where is the Leather Industry Headed? (19th November, 12 noon WAT). The discussion brings together representatives from the Bank of Industry (one sponsor of LLF Digital) — Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Micro Enterprises; and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group — Wilson Erumebor, a senior economist; as well as Adeyinka Abimbola, a Value Chain Advisor at the Nigeria Competitiveness project (NICOP), and the Founder of the Lagos Leather Fair and Creative Director of Femi Handbags, Femi Olayebi. These speakers will collectively assess the state of the Nigerian leather industry today, and the steps required to get it to a point at which it begins to fully realise its potential as the country’s next gold mine.Subsequent conversations will cover the art of Finding a Balance between Creativity and Sustainability (20th November, 12 noon WAT), with individuals such as the Executive Director of Fate Foundation, Adenike Adeyemi; CEO and Co-Founder of Acosphere Ltd, Gilles Acogny; and the CEO/Creative Director of Lanre DaSilva Ajayi Couture, Lanre DaSilva. Other conversations will explore the art of brand storytelling and the tools required to Stand Out in a Crowded Space (21st November, 4pm WAT), with Alheri Egor-Egbe, Account Strategist at Google; Papa Omotayo, Founder of A Whitespace Creative Agency; Daniel Obasi, Creative Director at Daniel Obasi; and Damilola Odufuwa, Founder of Whine & Wine, and Head of PR for Africa at Binance.In better articulating the narrative that platforms like Lagos Leather Fair seek to redefine, Laduma Ngxokolo, Founder of Maxhosa Africa; Giovanni Romano, Founder of Ithaki Paris; and Nelly Wandji, Brand and Retail Consultant at Nelly Wandji, Paris discuss the paths and tacks needed to Break the Made-in-Africa Stereotype (21st November, 12 noon WAT).
More practical masterclass sessions which will air live on YouTube will include The Fundamentals of Product Design and Development (20th November, 7pm WAT) with Prof. Yvonne Watson, Associate Professor & Director of Academic Aﬀairs at the Parsons School of Design, New York and Lani Adeoye, the CEO of Studio-Lani. Anita Aisha Ugah, Founder of Nichole by Haguanna will teach The Art of Colouring Leather (19th November, 4pm WAT); Otejiri Ejumabone, Founder of Hanker+Reech, will take viewers on a journey through Hand-stitching to Perfection (20th November, 2pm WAT); and Baboa Tachie-Menson will discuss and practically illustrate the confluence between Fashion and Technology (19th November, 2pm WAT).The unprecedented state of our global environment this year has brought about an array of learnings which will drive the survival, long-term sustainability and development of our businesses. This year’s conversations at LLF Digital will close off with a review of Lessons From The Pandemic (22nd November, 2pm WAT) by Adenike Ogunlesi, Founder & Chief Responsibility Officer of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble; Paul Okeugo, Founding Partner and COO of Chocolate City group; and Tokunboh George-Taylor, Managing Director of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Nigeria. These sessions promise to be a treasure trove of insights, new knowledge and solid seeds for the growth and development of individuals, businesses, and brands, in and out of the Nigerian Leather Industry.Register HereHurry to click the Register button if you’re yet to and save yourself a seat!
|LLF DIGITAL CONVERSATIONS & TALKS | MEET OUR SPEAKERS: DAY ONE|
The Lagos Leather fair is happy to re-introduce our speakers for Day One of this year’s edition.
Speaking on the future of the leather industry and some of its most challenging factors, our team of industry experts and thought leaders will be navigating us through the solutions and recommendations for the ‘nation’s next gold mine’.
Adetoun Ajeigbe is the Founder and Creative Director of Joel Lani. She is also a well-trained fashion designer with a passion for creating stylish and functional products. After Fashion Design and Manufacturing training at London College of Fashion, she studied Management and Information Systems at Middlesex University and Information Technology at Cranfield University to explore the corporate world.
In 2004, she decided to pursue her creative aspirations and make things of lasting value so she trained with a renowned leather accessory designer and tutor in London and then went on to FIT New York. Living in New York, a global fashion city gave her the exposure she needed and she’s never looked back since.
She was born in London and raised in both Nigeria and the UK. The bags have been influenced by her African heritage, life experiences, nature, as well as architectural designs.
She has a strong passion for community development and social responsibility.
On Thursday 19th November at 12 noon, Adetoun will be moderating a panel discussion at LLF Digital, titled: Straight Talk: Where is the Leather Industry Headed?
Toyin Adeniji is the Executive Director, Micro Entreprises at the Bank of Industry where she leads the implementation of the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP). She also oversees the execution of tailored solutions to micro-enterprises along value chains, economic clusters and other initiatives such as BOI’s involvement in the Alethia IDF fund. Her experience spans over 28 years in various organizations including the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she led the IFC’s Women in Business program.
On Thursday 19th November at 12 noon, Toyin will be speaking on a panel discussion at LLF Digital, titled: Straight Talk: Where is the Leather Industry Headed?Wilson Erumebor is a senior economist at The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) who currently leads the preparation of NESG’s Macroeconomic Outlook and anchors the Technical Subcommittee. Wilson has also consulted for DFID’s Policy Development Facility II. Amongst other things, he has delivered keynote speeches at the World Bank Stakeholders Session on Education; Basic Education Africa Forum on Education, and Next Generation Summit on Youth Development.
He is a research, policy advocacy and economic development expert. His research interests cover macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policies, industry research and public policy. Wilson has over a decade of experience working with organizations that focus on economic and social research, industry research policy advocacy, consulting and credit ratings.
On Thursday 19th November at 12 noon, Wilson will be speaking on a panel discussion at LLF Digital, titled: Straight Talk: Where is the Leather Industry Headed? Adeyinka Abimbola is a Value Chain Advisor at The Nigeria Competitiveness project (NICOP), GIZ. He is a multidisciplinary professional with 8 years of multi-sectoral work experience spanning international developmental programs including healthcare, advocacy & private sector development, agro-commodities, and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) across North and South West Nigeria. He is also a practitioner of the market systems approach in private sector development, with a proven track record of delivering social, economic, and business-specific bottom-line results.
On Thursday 19th November at 12 noon, Adeyinka will be speaking on a panel discussion at LLF Digital, titled: Straight Talk: Where is the Leather Industry Headed?Femi Olayebi is Chief Creative Director of FemiHandbags, a luxury line of leather handbags and accessories, and the founder of My World of Bags (its parent company) which produces corporate goods for a vast array of organizations across the continent. Femi is the founder and convener of the Lagos Leather Fair, which was designed to promote Nigerian leather designers, bring together the major players along the leather value chain, and attempt to change the narrative within the industry and challenge the wider Made-in-Africa narrative.
In 2008, she became one of the first 25 recipients to be awarded the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Scholarship; she would later go on to participate in her first international, stand-alone show, Pure London, in 2009, where she FemiHandbags made its debut. Since then, her products have been stocked by retail stores in Paris, New York, London and Lagos. In May 2012, her business was made a case study at the Lagos Business School, and by August the following year, she was one of the four company CEOs selected by the Bank of Industry to attend the Brazil-Nigeria Business Forum in Rio de Janeiro. In 2017, she founded and launched the Lagos Leather Fair, a solely private initiative and the first of its kind in Nigeria.
On Thursday 19th November at 12 noon, Femi will be speaking on a panel discussion at LLF Digital, titled: Straight Talk: Where is the Leather Industry Headed? Register Here15-MINUTE MASTERCLASSES: LIVE ON YOUTUBESequel to a power-packed introductory panel session, at 2 PM, we will be joining Baboa Tachie-Menson (Founder Balm Labs) in a YouTube live class where we learn the synergy between fashion and technology and its importance, especially in this age of physical distancing and increased virtual experiences.
Following the necessity of having a USP (Unique Selling Point) in business, Creative Director, Nichole by Haguanna, Aisha Ugah will be sharing ways of building an iconic brand identity through leather colouring, live on YouTube at 6 PM.
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How are you holding up? Remember, we are all in this together. Change is now.
On a lighter note, sequel to our announcement of the postponement of LLF Digital, we are delighted to inform you that 19 th – 22 nd November 2020 has been confirmed as the new dates for the 4-day event.
As you are aware, 2020 has been quite the journey and we are glad to be able to still organize this event amidst all that’s been happening.
LLF Digital is the first of its kind in our journey so far. Themed Re-Defining The Narrative, this year’s event will provide a new perspective to the range and dynamism of the Nigerian leather space as a core part of the global fashion industry.
LLF DIGITAL is a 4-day event that will present a virtual space dedicated to promoting all exhibiting brands to fashion retailers and ready buyers, teaching the fundamentals of leather design and production through a series of well-structured and detailed workshops with Q&A segments, and tackling current socioeconomic issues that stand as obstacles in the Nigerian leather industry through insightful conversations.
Join and engage in our carefully curated conversations and lessons from industry experts all through the event.
|LAGOS LEATHER FAIR GOES DIGITAL: ANNOUNCING LLF DIGITAL!|
|We are super excited to announce the 2020 edition of the Lagos Leather Fair, LLF DIGITAL, a virtual experience that will hold from Thursday 22 nd to Sunday 25th October 2020. Themed Re-Defining The Narrative, this year’s event will provide a new perspective to the range and dynamism of the Nigerian leather space as a core part of the global fashion industry.|
|LLF DIGITAL is a 4-day event that will present a virtual space dedicated to promoting all exhibiting|
brands to fashion retailers and ready buyers, teaching the fundamentals of leather design and
production through a series of well-structured and detailed workshops with A segments, and tackling current socioeconomic issues that stand as obstacles in the Nigerian leather industry through insightful conversations.
This year’s edition of the LLF DIGITAL event will feature:
● A Trade-Show style virtual exhibition of West Africa’s leading leather designers
● 15-Minute Sessions with industry experts and thought leaders
● & A Special Launch!
|ABOUT THE LAGOS LEATHER FAIR The Lagos Leather Fair (LLF) was created in 2017, and is the first of its kind in Nigeria. It is an Intra-African event that provides the much-needed platform for leather designers within and outside Nigeria, to showcase their products and talents, to buyers, consumers, retailers etc. Since the inception of LLF, more attention has been paid to the West African Leather Industry with recognition from industry giants, brands, retailers, suppliers and tanneries. To get more information on how to attend, please visit www.thelagosleatherfair.com|