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Accelerator Program to Be Unveiled at Lagos Leather Fair

The 2023 edition of the Lagos Leather Fair has been announced. The platform was established to highlight leather designers and the potential worth of the leather industry in Nigeria and Africa.

The Lagos Leather Fair, now in its sixth year, has consistently held its top spot as the catalyst for the fulfillment of the unrealized potential in the Nigerian leather ecosystem and Africa as a whole.

This year’s edition, themed Staying Ahead: Creativity, Collaboration, Commitment will be held at the Balmoral Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, from June 17 to 18.

The Leather Fair will bring together local businesses, up-and-coming designers, as well as established and established international businesses in order to display their goods and services to the target market.

Lagos Leather Fair 2023 will also mark the beginning of the LLF Accelerator Programme, a mentoring design and development program where six chosen leather brands—three in footwear and three in handbags—will develop, hone, and gain essential knowledge with the assistance of business people with the necessary industry experience.

Speaking on the announcement of LLF2023, the founder of Lagos Leather Fair, Femi Olayebi said,

The annual celebration of the Lagos Leather Fair is a proof point of our unflinching commitment to finding sustainable solutions to scale the African leather industry and ensure that the Made-in-Nigeria Project and Zero-Oil Initiative become a reality. For over five years, we have created an enabling environment for key players to maximize the potential of the leather industry; we are delighted about LLF2023 and look forward to the significant impact it will make in Nigeria and across Africa.”

LLF2023 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 for creatives.

These workshops will focus on the techniques and fundamentals of shoemaking, and on growth and marketing strategies with the aid of social media using case studies. A very special workshop – Cracking Global Markets: How African Brands can go from Local to Global – is also being organized for twenty-five (25) selected brands. This workshop will be facilitated by an International fashion and retail consultancy.

In addition, LLF2023 will feature Pitch-A-LeatherBiz, a pitching session where Individual brands will pitch their business ideas to prospective investors before an audience. Lagos Leather Fair will also introduce LLF Awards, aimed at recognizing excellence and innovation and honoring outstanding leather designers.

For about six years, Lagos Leather Fair has significantly impacted the Nigerian leather industry, 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 5 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.

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