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Highlights from The Lagos Leather Fair 2019.

We simply can’t get over the AMAZING SUCCESS that was this year’s Lagos Leather Fair, which took place last weekend. Feeling nostalgic? So are we!

Follow us as we journey back, and reflect on the highlights at LLF2019:

The Fair, themed “Advancing The Conversation”, kicked off with a private auction on Friday, September 6th, held at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi. A mix of seasoned and up-and-coming leather designers were handpicked to showcase some of their exclusive pieces to key players in the industry.

The main event took place on Saturday & Sunday (September 7th & 8th) at The Harbour Point, Victoria Island. Both days were brimming with people, taking part in the conversations and workshops, and exploring and shopping at the myriad of designers’ stalls. Guests also experienced a series of amazing catwalk presentations featuring leather products from our very own exhibitors.

Day 1The event was officially opened by Mrs. Otuyalo the representative of the First Lady of Lagos State.

Throughout the day, we held three insightful conversations which spanned topics from copyright law and branding to money and business. Day 1 ended with a practical workshop on the ins and outs of using technology to build products.

DAY 2The exhibition continued on Day 2, with conversations, workshops and catwalk presentations running throughout the day. Once again, we had a series of local and international experts share their knowledge on design, sourcing, manufacturing, retail and storytelling, to name a few!
So there you have it! 3 days of exciting talent, enlightening conversations, networking and so much more! We had a blast and hope you did too!

We’re signing off for now, but don’t worry, you can catch us on  Instagram, Twitter and our website.

See you – bigger and better – in 2020!

The Lagos Leather Team.

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A big thank you to all our Sponsors, Partners, Speakers, Exhibitors and attendees for being part of #LLF2019.
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LLF2019 Day 1 Highlight

What an EXCITING day we had yesterday!

Were you able to make it to the event? As expected, it was truly one-of-a-kind!

From the opening by Her Excellency, First Lady of Lagos State (ably represented by Mrs. Otuyalo), to the exhibitions, conversations, and presentations, we had a swell time!

Don’t just take our word for it – have a look for yourselves on our Instagram page. For now, here are a few pictures from the event.

We have more exciting activities lined up for today, 8th September. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this!

Check out the schedule:

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With every edition of the Lagos Leather Fair, one of our overarching goals is to ensure that the Fair provides a truly holistic experience. In addition to the thrill of discovering new designers, and indulging in the excitement of shopping and runway presentations, Conversations and Workshops will create an opportunity for learning. These sessions equip designers, and other entrepreneurs across the creative industries with new ideas, new approaches, and best practices for navigating the complexities of their unique business environments.


This year, there are a dynamic and thrilling series of talks scheduled.

On Saturday, September 7:


1. Creativity and the Law: How to Protect your Design and your Brand

It’s one thing to put in the work that is required to produce high-quality work that helps you to create a memorable brand; it’s quite another to ensure that you retain ownership of it. In this conversation, Chinyere Okorocha (Partner, Jackson, Etti & Edu) and Annie Oti(Founder, Africa Fashion Lawdiscuss the importance of copyright and its application.


2. Talking Money: Understanding your Numbers to Access Capital

The importance of finance for achieving business goals and expanding one’s platform cannot be underestimated. More important than identifying the most effective potential sources of funding, is the approach — what you need, and how it will get you to where you need to be. Adenike Adeyemi (Executive Director, FATE Foundation) and Olutosin Oni(Principal: Investments and Portfolio Managements, EchoVC Partners) discuss.


3. Business Lessons: A Conversation with Mark Stephenson

Mark Stephenson is the Managing Director of Sandstorm Kenya — a Nairobi-based bag design, production and retail company which has been in existence for over 20 years. In this conversation, he discusses his journey, his story and the most critical lessons he’s learnt with Omoyemi Akerele (Convener, Lagos Fashion Week).


4. Leveraging Technology to Build a Better Brand

As the 4th Industrial Revolution beckons, understanding the confluence between technology and the work we produce is becoming increasingly critical to enabling brands to differentiate themselves from their contemporaries. Co-founder of Nigeria’s first Industrial Design school, Azuka Ijekeye, will lead this Workshop.

On Sunday, September 8:


5. The Art of Retail: Getting your Product to Market

Gaining brand visibility begins with understanding the consumer and how to reach them; this requires tailoring channel strategy approaches not only to the consumer, but also to the brand image you seek to create. In this conversation, Tara Fela-Durotoye (Founder, House of Tara International) and Diana Opoti (Founder, Designing Africa Collective, Kenya) discuss.


6. The Designer and their Brand: The Power of Storytelling

There is no way more beautiful to convey a story than through one’s art. In this discussion, four diverse, leading creatives — Femi Olayebi (Founder, FemiHandbags and convener ofthe Lagos Leather Fair); Thebe Ikalafeng (Founder and CEO, Brand Leadership Africa);Shem Paronelli (Designer and Creative Director ); and Kola Oshalusi (Creative Executive, Insigna Media Production) gather to discuss.


7. Leather-Crafting: An Insider’s Guide

This workshop session will lay out the finer details of creating quality leather products, in order to equip budding designers with a foundational understanding of the tools, skills, and best practices for charting a course in the leather manufacturing space. Obiora Ononye (Founder, Obi Leather) leads this workshop.

This year’s carefully-created selection of conversations and workshops promises to be enlightening and far too engaging to miss out on.
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One month to go!

With only 30 days until the 2019 edition of the Lagos Leather Fair, the countdown is on! #LLF2019 – themed: Advancing the Conversation – will take place from Saturday, September 7 to Sunday, September 8 at Harbour Point, Victoria Island. Here’s what to look forward to, at the third edition of West Africa’s Biggest Fair:
With 70 leather designers from across the country, and a number from the wider continent, this year’s fair will bring together handbag, footwear, accessories, and furniture designers and manufacturers in the leather space – including emerging designers, such asOyani Signature, Lamide Samuel, two of the 2018 winners of the LLF Emerging Designers competition; established fashion brands such as City Cobbler, Toda Nigeria, St. Davids, Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi and a selection of talented leather designers across the industry.


Whether you’re keen on exploring the industry, or seeking out ways to learn more about operating effectively and creatively in the Nigerian business environment, there’s something for everyone. Dynamic and diverse conversations, from listening to leading local and international retail experts discuss routes to market; to copyright lawyers discussing the approach to protecting one’s work; to a dynamic panel of creatives discussing the role and impact of storytelling in their work – these, amongst other potentially mind-bending conversations, are bound to spark and stir your creative juices.


These hands-on sessions will challenge the ways that you think, create and push the boundaries of the work that you do. This year’s fair will have one in-depth workshop session per day – a space designed for direct engagement with leading leather craftsmen and women. These are a can’t-miss!


Would it even be LLF without its signature surprise catwalk shows? Across the two days, runway shows, designed to showcase exhibitor products, will be held at intervals. Each show, with its own unique twist and style, will draw audiences to exciting real-world use cases for their favourite brands.

LLF2019 promises to be an unforgettable foray into the brilliant world of leather!
What are you waiting for?
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West Africa’s Premier Leather Fair is Back!

West Africa’s Premier Leather Fair is Back!

In recent years, since Nigeria began to place an increased focus on its non-oil sectors, the Nigerian leather industry has received an increased level of attention, and in small doses, some investment. The Lagos Leather Fair was designed to address the issues, promote talent, and create awareness within a potentially powerful industry.

Founded in 2017 by Femi Olayebi, founder and CEO of FemiHandbags, one of the nation’s leading leather brands, the Lagos Leather Fair brings together a diverse range of key players in the leather industry, from rising stars like Kkerele, Marte Egele, HankerandReech, and PereLei, to established leather designers such as City Cobbler, Mona Matthews, St. Davids, Zashadu, O’Eclat, to furniture manufacturers such as Siod Leather, iO Furniture etc.

These players are provided with an opportunity to showcase their products, form partnerships with industry peers, and expand their audiences. Through masterclasses, conversations,  workshops and panel discussions, the Lagos Leather Fair also engages investors, branding experts, business teachers, international designers, and state sector leads in discussions on the challenges and the way forward for Nigeria’s leather designers.

The first two editions were a huge success and collectively brought together an audience of over 4500 people.  About 120 exhibitors collectively made over N25 million in sales; the Fairs featured 10 Materclasses and 6 Creative Workshops, delivered by 30 local and international speakers; and showcased 12 runway presentations by various designers.

This year’s edition promises to be bigger than the first two editions combined and will feature a specially curated private investor showcase, exhibitions by leather designers and manufacturers, a great shopping experience, runway presentations, networking opportunities, and knowledge-sharing activities, amongst others. The 2019 edition of the Lagos Leather Fair, tagged #LLF2019, which will take place from Saturday, September 7 to Sunday, September 8, 2019, at The Harbour Point, Victoria Island, is themed: Advancing the Conversation. It will play host to about 70 Nigerian leather designers and feature 3 topical Conversations, 2 Workshops and 6  Runway Presentations. This year will also showcase a few international designers.

Through The Lagos Leather Fair, Femi Olayebi feeds and fuels her passion for promoting the work of leather designers and the Made-in-Nigeria initiative by showcasing local talent. And it seems to be about the best thing that has happened to the Nigerian leather industry: for its ability to drive conversations, change, and create a spotlight for one of Nigeria’s most critical untapped markets.

Key sponsors of the Fair include the Bank of Industry, Access Bank, and First Bank.




We welcome media houses (print & online), trade publications, news portals & blogs & digital agencies etc. that are interested in partnering with our​ event. To help us actively promote our event and in turn achieve their marketing/branding objectives through this platform.​

Get in touch here.

We welcome sponsorship from companies and other organisations. This is an ideal way to demonstrate your organisation’s interest and commitment to great initiatives like ours.

For more information, contact:
0901 520 5629
The Lagos Leather Fair Team.
Joseph Adelabu
0907 021 3121 | 0908 472 0800
Koko Eigbe