Changing the Narrative: lagos leather fair 2017 (My take๐Ÿ˜‰)

Image courtesy @lagosleatherfair

I’ve been to quite a few trade exhibition fairs up and down the country; agonising over details like space, display settings, price tags, publicity and a whole lot of things not seen by the visitors to your stand. Staff, friends and family pitching in, answering questions, talking up and not to mention wearing you down. You also get to engage your co-exhibitors in the inevitable conversation about how ‘they’ (the organisers) should have done this or that better. So, on the last day of the Lagos Leather Fair Gidan Nodza was present as a spectator rather than a participant and it’s fair to say we were quite impressed with the organisers and the exhibitors. The leather ware industry in Nigeria has taken off folks! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ
The proof? The sheer diversity of product offerings, the conscientious attention to detail (visitors got free parking as opposed to paying ₦400 every hour ๐Ÿ˜ฑ), sustained flow of customers and their positive engagement with the exhibitors and just so many other things too numerous to bore you with. Below are a few pictures and also views/opinions we got from some vendors we spoke with concerning the success or not of the fair because to be honest, at this moment "we" that couldn't make it as vendors are more interested in what other vendors have to say about the whole shindig ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜

List of Exhibitors: Image courtesy @lagosleatherfair

Brachah Leather/Gbenga Arthsmith Dada Booth: Image courtesy Imagini Photography 

 Cross Section of Booths at the Fair: Image courtesy Imagini Photography 

Image courtesy @lagosleatherfair

Going round to enjoy the sights we decided to ask the exhibitors how things went and boy oh boy! Nearly all of them would jump on the opportunity to attend the next edition. They spoke about a few other things …
On Sales: Momentous. On a scale of 1 -10? A resounding 9 ๐Ÿ˜ณ Awesome!!!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

On Organisation: Many wished the space was bigger๐Ÿ˜. I’m thinking it was really quite large but one person said too many people were clustered along the aisles and in from of their wares. Really? Too many people? Pssst, a little secret... ‘too many people’ equals very good sales and advertisement and contacts and … never mind. Trust me; too many people is good, Osheeeey!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ
Publicity: The traffic witnessed on the routes to the venue bore quiet testimony to months of great publicity and all we spoke to didn’t think they could have done much better with that. Figures.

Femi Handbags Booth: Image courtesy @lagosleatherfair

Siod leather: Image courtesy Imagini Photography 

Improvements for Next Edition: You’re not going to believe this but the only improvement all wanted was to do this all over again! Sure there’s always room for improvement but I asked and not one could say what they wanted improved ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ.
Look, I left the venue feeling giddy and somewhat downcast at the same time. I missed out on all the action but then again did I? The organisers thought things through this time around and those kind of people usually think it through even better the next time around. Next edition is going to be awesome because among other things Gidan Nodza will be there, getting in on all the action ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

For now, a deep bow and doff of the hat to Femi Hand Bags and the rest of the crew behind the scenes for truly ‘Changing the Narrative’ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ.

So, thats all she wrote folks ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜. Thank you so much for stopping by, may the universe be kind to you always ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜˜


Insta Blog: The Forgotten Pouch

Borrowed from my instagram post @gidannodza ๐Ÿ˜*

#Throwback! It's amazing what the mind chooses to forget ๐Ÿ˜‚ I made this bag and detachable pouch a while back and for some reason forgot about the detachable padded pouch bit of it ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Who am I kidding ๐Ÿ˜‚ I didn't forget I just blocked it ๐Ÿ˜… This is one of those custom order extras that makes your heart beat "extra" in your private moment. I was consumed by it until I made it, the request sounded simple, hell the pouch looks simple now but making it wasn't ๐Ÿ˜ฐ This was my first time attempting this kind of order, I had done the zipped center compartment kinda pouch but not the detachable bit.... One thing I knew for sure was that it had to be big enough to be practical but small enough to fit into the bag, it has to be an eye candy as well, should fit in and out of the structured bag easily and it has to be well made too ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ shouldn't be looking like something extra ๐Ÿ˜’ anyways a few worries later the pouch was made, customer loved it ๐Ÿ™Œ and yours truly conveniently forgot about it until the archives of Flickr reminded me ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑI mean who still uses Flickr? Hehehe ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #Ikid ๐Ÿ˜‚ but you gotta admit, it's a good throwback though and a great looking pouch too๐Ÿ˜‰ now I wonder why I was so worried ๐Ÿ˜• hmm... oh well see more pictures below ๐Ÿšถ ๐Ÿšถ ๐Ÿšถ

There! It is done ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜, gotta run ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ till the next post ๐Ÿ˜ฐ. Thank you so much for stopping by, may the Universe be kind to you Amen๐Ÿ’



Happy new year y'all ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ May this year be the best one yet ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™
Thank you for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜˜ ๐Ÿ˜˜ ๐Ÿ˜˜


Blast From The Past: Bi-Coloured Edna Totes

The weekend is here ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพthat said please enjoy this blast from the past post, me thinks this design will make a comeback...hmmmm ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ’ญ lets watch and see shall we ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜…

Nov 17, 2012
I finished these a while back and I'm just getting round to putting it up. I call the bag Edna because it seems like an appropriate name, Edna sounds strong, dependable, simple but with a touch of "something" extra. I enjoyed making these bags, maybe it's cos I had made like 2 usable prototypes, and with the patterns already cut, marked and labelled, making them bags was like putting together a very familiar jigsaw puzzle. I tried to downplay the use of hardware but for the extra long handle I couldn't avoid it completely, but by and by I still think it is a great looking bag. It's just the right size- as in not too big or too small for that matter, interior is lined with soft leather lining, also, interior has pouches for phones and other miscellaneous stuff as well as a zipped compartment and a key ring holder. 

I think the colour combo rocks!!! 

Design might make a comeback... 

Remember Gidan Nodza bags are available for purchase here and also, don't forget to check out and follow our tweets herelike our Instagram page here for quick updates and our facebook fan page here to view more pictures.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend.


Customised Version: Aduke Patchwork Bags

Brief Post alert! ๐Ÿ˜›

It all started with a custom request. The lady loved the original patchwork Aduke bags and wanted hers tweaked to accommodate a roomy front pouch, a long detachable handle and she also wanted it to zip close instead of magnetic snap. She asked, we made and she loved it๐Ÿ˜ and so did you guys ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ because I made a couple more after that ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ check them out ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพand see more after the cut ๐Ÿ˜‰

Flotus Bag: Production Snippets


Since I'm much more active on Instagram than blogger I have decided to be reposting any post I make on Instagram to keep all y'all updated ๐Ÿ™ˆthat's until they come up with an app that can do that automatically for me ๐Ÿ˜† that said enjoy the production snippets of the most recent bags I completed. The Flotus Bags ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Š The complete pictures will be up in a GN minute ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ #shoulderbag #totebag #instavideo #howitsmade #behindthescene #process #snakeskinembossedleather #fashion #accessories #deepred #chain #chic #luxury #globalchic #Wine #cool #handmade #eyelets #afropolitan #afrochic #AfricanFashion #Flotus  #supporthandmade #shoplocal #Leather #Bags

Thank you for stopping by and also for not giving up on me ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜


Shop Stock Update

New items are up in the shop whoop!!! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ Stop by our on line shop and check them out. While you are at it remember that it is free delivery with Nigeria and a negligible amount for delivery outside Nigeria ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great week ahead. 


New Bag Alert: The Osayi Shoulder Bag

This post is waaaaay over due ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ but better late than never hehehehe. I made this version and have even made a tweaked version sef... ๐Ÿ˜ฑwhatamIsaying?! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™Š There was the original version (this and this) before I did some major modifications to these ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพfollowed by the final final version (post and pictures coming up in a GN minute ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ)

This design (all versions) was a big deal when it was eventually completed, the original was a custom request for a special GN faithful that wanted a roomy but not too big bag. She also wanted a hand bag, shoulder bag with a messenger style as well. The roomy but not too big part I achieved by using soft leather to fit-line the bag so the pouch and zipped compartment became one with the bag thereby eliminating the bagginess and puffiness that comes with cloth lining ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ, the gusset I also made expandable for extra room. Finishing the edges of the gusset I must admit had me questioning my decision not to go the safe way  making the gusset i.e piping, folded edges, or even glued edges sef, Noooo! ๐Ÿ˜– Gidan Nodza had to go the hard way๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜ฃ... it took a number of filing and coating and filing and coating before we got the desired smoothness and even after that we did one more time just because๐Ÿ˜ฌ (see a brief post about the process) The result of this process is always worth the work every time ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

The handle-through-flap concept of this design is like the proverbial cherry on top๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ! The style is sure to make you and your bag stand out from all others because your bag will always make them wonder about the practicality of the design, but hey ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿพ *snaps fingers* that's for them to wonder because sweet heart๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพit's ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพyour๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพbag๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพyou ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ are๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ rocking๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพit๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ as๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ it๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ is ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพand #youdontowenoonenoexplanation ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ #byeFelicia ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜ *evil chuckle* Anyways, enough talk ๐Ÿ˜†check them out and please let me know what you think ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿพ

All three versions seen here are sold out but there is a newer version ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ available on the site for your buying pleasure ๐Ÿ˜‰, remember it is free delivery with Nigeria but a token outside Nigeria.

Gotta run ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸพThank you so much for stopping by and have a great week ahead. 


Blast From The past: Patchwork Aduke Bag

This was the first Aduke Bag I ever made! Needless to say I have made a lot more after this. This bag gave birth to the all the other versions. I have made the Ostrich skin version, the un-patched version and the current all leather patchwork version. This is one of my most loved bag. You guys never seemed to have enough of the early years I couldn't make them fast enough lol! Anyways read the post below as it was then in 2010 ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Aug 10, 2010: I am currently test using this piece... and I am loving it. I wasn't sure how the reaction was going to be cos I was worried that most will find it very colourful but lets just say... so far so good, you folks might be seeing more of these but in different and/single colour theme.

I know for certain that I cannot replicate this bag even if I wanted to, not even with a gun to my head lol... so Gidan Nodza's policy of no 2 bags being the same ever is no joke

Bag is snug, just the right size, not too big not small, I have my cosmetic bag, 2 writing/scketching pads, a puzzle book, a pashmina, a small umbrella, that is apart from my wallet, card holder, 2 phones, lots of pencils and pens, sharpner and eraser and yes! a tube of hand creme

Patchwork all the way

No more rummaging through bag looking for keys esp when you need to go real quick, just pull the strap and voila! you are in the loo in no time lol!

A zipped compartment, 2 phone pouches and another wider pouch for those other stuff you have to have with you that other people esp men cannot understand.

I'm currently working on some Aduke bags (patchwork and non-patchwork) pictures will be up as soon as they are ready. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great weekend๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ. 


New Look Ini-Obong Bag

One of the absolute joys of what I do is how I can stand back, critically assess what I've done and change, modify, tweak or improve on the design. When I introduce a new design, chances are it's going to get tweaked 2 or 3 times before we are done with it. Rarely does it happen that the first design remains the same a few err batches later...uhn uhn no sir! 

Case in point; this was the first Ini-Obong Bag that I made, I thought it was the be all and end all bag!!! I wanted to worship it ๐Ÿ˜ and to be fair, I stayed true to the design when I made a couple more i.e -these ones Then ๐Ÿ™ˆ I modified the design when I made these ones by down-sizing a bit, making the top handle somewhat shoulder-carrying-lenght longer and getting rid of the gusset pleat (gusset is the side of a bag in construction mode) the locks also changed, to be honest I was sure I had a winner when I made the last batch but errr after standing way way back and eye balling them bags, I had to admit to myself that the false flap thingy wasn't working๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ, I mean it looked awesome and all but in terms of it being practical? Nah! it wasn't werking, it was kinda confusing sef to some people who thought the extra flap was an extra pouch ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ™„ so it was back to the drawing board ๐Ÿ˜and yeah! I'm happy to say that now we do have the be all and end all version!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ 

The new look is minimalist-esque, was going for the simple but classic look, something for the boss lady who likes her peplum top (preferably in prints), 3 quarter pencil skirt, red bottom heels and a #KingofQueens attitude ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ...I think we got that in the bag - pun intended #ohyeah. This structured piece will keep it together, even especially for those moments when it might seem all is falling apart but as a #bosslady you are always ALWAYS in control! 

Handle is hand stitched. Please take a closer look and respect! hehehehe ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜ 

Respect!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

Bag measures approx. 10.5" High, 13" wide and 5" base. The interior has 2 phone pouches, a zipped compartment and an extra compartment. Bag is handmade here in Lagos, Nigeria but I'm sure you already knew that ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™ƒ 
The mixed tone version of the bag is available for purchase on our online shop ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ head on here to make it yours, delivery is free within Nigeria but a token across the borders.  

Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the weekend. 


Our House Is Now A Home

For those not in the know, you can now buy GN items online directly from our website (that's what we mean/meant by the title of the post hehehehe got you there right? ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜) anyways not only are our products available through 3rd party outlets, you can get them straight from the horses mouth or in this case designers den, awesome right?! Just visit click "shop" and you're good to go ๐Ÿ˜‰ Delivery within Nigeria through NIPOST is free ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ now how cool is that? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰ Right now we have some #bucketbags #patchwork #flatclutches and more available. Come stop by, see what we have ๐Ÿ˜Š and most importantly BUY!!! Shop will be updated steadily so subscribe to be in the know #thankmelater #handmade handmade #Leather #supporthandmade #buynow #buyNigerian #madeinNigeria #showlovetoanartisan 

If and when you do stop by, please let us know what you think, suggestions are also welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰ we are new to this managing-our-direct-online-sale-platform thingy so please don't hesitate to edumicate educate or give us some pointers #thankyouinadvance ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Gotta run... so much to do and so little time ๐Ÿ˜ Thank you so much for stopping by and may your reality be far better than your dreams- Ameen.


Behind the scene.

Quick post: Thought to share some behind the scene pictures of some Altinae bucket bags (watch out for an introductory post on these babies soon) and flat clutches I'm currently working on. More pictures in a wee bit ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜.

There I'm all done! ๐Ÿ˜Š Hope you all had an awesome Easter.
Thank you so much for stopping by and stay blessed



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