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The Lagos Leather Fair 2019 kick-started with a secret auction on the 6th of September 2019 held at the prestigious Wheatbaker Hotel, where some selected seasoned designers from LLF2019 showcased some of their Exclusive pieces to key players in the industry. Then the official event which took place on Saturday, September 7, 2019, and Sunday, September 8, 2019, at The Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos was themed, “Advancing the conversation”.

The event was officially opened on the first day by a representative of the First Lady of Lagos State Mrs Otuyalo. The activities of the first day included three conversations and one workshop. The first conversation titled “Creativity & The Law: How to Protect Design and your Brand” had John Asein, Chinyere Okorocha and Annie Obi as speakers. The second conversation with the topic “Talking Money: Understanding your Numbers to Access Capital” also had Adenike Ajayi and Olutosin Oni as speakers. While the third conversation titled “Business lessons” featured a one-on-one with Mark Stephenson, Managing Director of Sandstorm Kenya and Omoyemi Akerele, Convener Lagos Fashion Week.

Day 1 ended with a practical workshop with Azuka Ijekeye, the Co-founder of Nigeria’s first Industrial Design School. Where he explicitly taught on “How to leverage technology to build a better product”.

Day 2 began with exhibitions as usual, plus conversations and catwalk presentations in between, as well as a workshop. The conversation titled “From Sourcing to Manufacturing” had Tokubo Onagoruwa, Wuraola Abiola, David Ibe, Winston Udeagha and Juliet David-west as speakers. Speakers at the second conversation were Tara Fela-Durotoye, Mark Stephenson and Chekwas Okafor and they discussed on the topic “The Art of Retail: Getting your Product to Market”.

The final conversation titled “The Designer and Their Brand: The Power of Storytelling” featured the convener of The Lagos Leather Fair and owner of Femi Handbags, Mrs Femi Olayebi, Thebe Ikalafeng and Shem Ezemmaas speakers.

Day 2 ended with a practical workshop session with Obiora Onoye of Obi Leathers on an “Insider’s guide to leather crafting”.