Lagos Leather Fair Poised To Unlock Untapped Potential In African Industry
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Lagos Leather Fair Poised To Unlock Untapped Potential In African Industry

Lagos Leather Fair to mark five years anniversary from 11th to 12th June 2022

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Lagos Leather Fair, a platform created to identify and showcase the untapped potential of the African players in the industry, will be celebrating its five years of existence.

The Fair has continued to change the narrative within the leather industry as it continues to drive economic growth and create visibility and access to opportunity for MSMEs across Nigeria and the wider continent.

According to the organisers, this year’s edition, themed “LLF5”, will take place at the Balmoral Convention Center, Victoria Island, Lagos between 11th and 12th of June, 2022. The event will bring together local and international designers to exhibit their products and services.

The fair will also feature a series of masterclasses and conversations with a broad range of speakers across multiple industries; interactive creative workspaces; and a series of catwalk shows.

The masterclasses will include speakers such as Adeyinka Abimbola, Ehi Binitie, Ache Idachaba-Obaro, Papa Omotayo, Muyiwa Femi Pearse, Adenike Adeyemi amongst others.

Founder of the Lagos Leather Fair, Femi Olayebi, who expressed excitement about the fifth edition of the fair noting that it will be a milestone.

His words, “The Lagos Leather Fair has created and continues to create massive visibility for both starting and established designers. It has also provided empowerment opportunities for leather craft trainers and manufacturers. Our vision is to ensure that the leather sector contributes significantly to the Nigerian economy and the broader African narrative, by driving change in the sector and addressing key industry challenges affecting the supply chain.”

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“Over the last five years, The Lagos Leather Fair has impacted key stakeholders in the industry including leather designers, raw materials producers, manufacturers, suppliers of machinery and equipment, trainers, retailers, and industry experts. We have executed over 30 masterclasses and 10 creative workshops and 18 runway presentations.”

Lagos Leather Fair Poised To Unlock Untapped Potential In African Industry

In 2020, Lagos Leather Fair initiated West Africa’s first ever digital leather exhibition, to leverage growing cross-border connection and broaden the platform for its designers.

The Lagos Leather Fair will also be launching a partnership with Kafawa – a training program designed to bridge the skills gap in the industry and reduce youth unemployment in Nigeria. Graduates from Kafawa’s pilot set will form this year’s Emerging Designers group at LLF5: an opportunity for the best of Kafawa’s newly-trained youth to formally make their entrance into the industry.

Also as part of this year’s fair, Lagos Leather Fair will be launching The Leather Portal. To bridge the information gap in the industry, The Leather Portal was created to serve as a resource hub and an e-directory that would provide relevant and open access information specific to leather and leather-goods, and connect leather designers, tanners, hardware suppliers, input suppliers and brands across Africa and internationally.
The Lagos Leather Fair has raised the quality and manufacturing standards of made in Nigeria products by showcasing exceptional leather goods and services.

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