Lagos Leather Fair returns for 6th edition
…Set To Launch Accelerator Programme
Lagos Leather Fair (LLF), a platform created to showcase leather designers and the potential value of the leather industry in Nigeria and Africa has announced the launch of the 2023 edition themed “Staying Ahead: Creativity, Collaboration, Commitment”.
As it celebrates its sixth edition billed to take place on June 17-18 at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, LLF 2023 will also be launching the LLF Accelerator Programme, a mentoring design and development scheme where six selected leather brands – three in footwear and three in handbags – will grow and strengthen their skills and acquire critical knowledge with the help of entrepreneurs who possess the relevant industry experience.
LLF has consistently maintained its leading position as the driving force behind the realisation of the untapped opportunities in the Nigerian leather ecosystem and Africa as a whole.
The 2023 Leather Fair will bring together indigenous brands, emerging and established designers as well as international brands to showcase their products and services to the defined audience.
Speaking on the forthcoming fair, the founder of LLF, Femi Olayebi said: “The annual celebration of Lagos Leather Fair is a proof point of our unflinching commitment towards finding sustainable solutions to scale the African leather industry and ensure that the Made-in-Nigeria Project and Zero-Oil Initiative becomes a reality. For over five years, we have created an enabling environment for key players to maximise the potential of the leather industry; we are delighted about LLF 2023 and look forward to the significant impact it will make in Nigeria and across Africa. LLF remains committed to providing a solution-based platform for leather designers and other relevant players along the leather value chain in Nigeria and across Africa.”
LLF 2023 will feature a series of engaging conversations and masterclasses where selected speakers will be available to share insights on relevant and key topics that affect the African leather industry while featuring a well-curated series of workshops.
These workshops will focus on the techniques and fundamentals of shoemaking, growth and marketing strategies with the aid of social media using case studies. One of the special workshops tagged ‘Cracking Global Markets: How African Brands can go from Local to Global’ is also being organised for 25 selected brands. This workshop will be facilitated by an international fashion and retail consultancy.
Also, LLF 2023 will feature Pitch-A-LeatherBiz, a pitching session where individual brands will pitch their business ideas to prospective investors before an audience.
There will also be introduction of LLF Awards, aimed at recognising excellence and innovation and honouring outstanding leather designers.
For about six years, Lagos Leather Fair had a significant impact on the Nigerian leather industry, which is the third largest in Africa after South Africa and Ethiopia. The platform has impacted relevant stakeholders through its engaging conversations, creative workshops, product exhibitions, and runway presentations.
In 2022, LLF celebrated five years of transformative existence and significant impact in the African leather industry. The fair also initiated West Africa’s first-ever digital leather exhibition, LLF Digital, in 2020 to leverage growing cross-border connections and broaden the platform for participating brands.