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LLF Digital was a Blast!


After four incredible days of brilliant conversations, extremely insightful masterclasses, and a fascinating 3D exhibition experience, we are super excited to have made history by bringing you Africa’s first digital leather fair.

Just in case you missed any of it, here are highlights of the event:

We featured 24 leather designers from across West Africa in a specially curated 3D virtual exhibition, some of which included: Shekudo, Aaboux, Pere Lei, Apaart Africa, Toss Bags, Zashadu, FemiHandbags, Marte Egele, Sole Inspiration,and Detail Africa.

The exhibition is still live for a couple more weeks. Click here to visit.

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LLF Digital Talks

 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!
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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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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
● Conversations
● Masterclasses
● 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
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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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Meet some of the brands Exhibiting at The Lagos Leather Fair 2019

Meet some of the brands Exhibiting at The Lagos Leather Fair 2019.

The Lagos Leather Fair is about the best thing that has happened to the Nigerian leather industry. The Fair was birthed out of the need to bring all the major players in the leather industry together under one roof to address the industry’s challenges as well as the way forward.

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 5 topical Conversations, 2 Workshops and 6  Runway Presentations. This year will also showcase a few international designers.

Here we introduce to you the first set of exhibitors who will be showcasing their crafts.


Yili was founded with the hope of changing the narrative of producing and purchasing quality leather footwear in Africa. Their aim is to celebrate creativity and promote artisanal craftsmanship.

Yili footwear style and designs draw influence and inspiration from colours, textures, travel and the interesting things in between.
All the styles in each collection have a personal inspiration behind it. The colours represent Yili’s attempt to capture the zest of life.

Their sandals are handcrafted using a variety of locally sourced leathers, fabric and skin of premium quality.


Since 2017, AABOUX has been creating unique, stylish, luxury leather goods proudly handcrafted in Lagos, Nigeria.

Designer Zainab Aliyu and her team explore various silhouettes with interesting combinations of locally ethically sourced skins and textured leathers.

Our distinct signature stitch-less bags combine beauty and functionality.

Our vision is to be a Global pan-African brand with an ethos of quality craftsmanship, elegance and style.


Ethnik by Tunde Owolabi was founded in 2015. The brand is about making leather and asooke accessible to the fashion-forward modern man and woman. Beyond accessibility and creating fashionable yet very durable pieces for brand savvy trendsetters, we are about promoting culture and giving back to the community. The essence of our design philosophy is to produce sustainable fashion accessories that are uniquely Afrocentric, drawing inspiration from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria and other African cultures by telling our stories to the world through patterns and colours woven into beautiful fabrics.

We pay critical attention to every detail in our design and production process, through excellent craftsmanship and ethical values.


Hanker and Reech is a Nigerian Leather Goods Brand with a real passion for crafting functional products with distinctive attention to details, aesthetics and durability.

Their pieces are carefully designed and crafted to complement an appreciation for contemporary fashion and lifestyle.

They also cater to customized pieces which reflect personal preference, style and brand identity. They believe very much in the concept of value and constantly endeavour to fuse this with our creativity.

HankerandReech Leather Goods.  Aspire….Achieve!

PereLei is a leather goods brand that creates finely crafted leather pieces utilizing the finest array of colours textures and skins. The brand was born out of the need for finely finished leather goods produced locally. From inception, it was apparent the need for inculcating world-class standards within the local leather goods market. Currently, the brand is engaged in the production of items such as bags, shoes, accessories and corporate souvenirs and other gifts. We pride ourselves on passionately creating world-class leather goods locally.

Lamide Samuel is an Artisanal Leather Accessories Label established in 2016. Made in Africa, they take pride in employing traditional artistic techniques of craftsmanship to interpret local creative genius with an urban and contemporary taste.

Their designs appeal to Fashion-forward consumers who value authenticity and style.
The brand believes in purpose and sustainability; Their leathers are sourced in Nigeria and across Africa, thier creations are locally produced in Lagos, Nigeria by hand, They also engage experienced artisans from Senegal and Ethiopia. Our noble approach to connecting and adopting unique cultural know-how and stories from accross the continent.

Each one of their pieces inspires the spirit of African arts and pays homage to their brand’s core values of love,  originality and craftsmanship.


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

Get in touch here.

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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