I'm back! LagosPhoto 2011. Leather Designers of Nigeria and Lagos Fashion and Design Week

by ZASHADU Bags


If you didn't know, as well as being Creative Director of Zashadu, I am also Assistant Director and Curator of African Artists' Foundation in Lagos. We put together an annual Photography festival, LagosPhoto (Lagosphoto.blogspot.com) that unites artists through their shared experiences of Africa and takes place every year in October. LagosPhoto is MASSIVE and requires that you give up your entire life for a few months!

On the leather front, I have rallied fellow leather designers to come together in an association called Leather Designers of Nigeria (more details coming soon). We will be taking part in the newly formed Lagos Fashion and Design Week (http://lagosfashionanddesignweek.com/), from the 26th-29th October, Eko Hotel and Suites, so pop by to see beautiful handcrafted leather goods and Zashadu's  new collection inspired by one of my favourite musical artists, (more on that later).

For now, you can find me spa hopping across the city, trying to remind myself that I am a woman despite the fact that my toenails could be likened to the claws of a bird of prey!

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 Head to toe in Zashadu at the Grand Opening, just before addressing our guests. Image by Kola Oshalusi

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Briefing with Etisalat team member before I anchored the Press Conference. Image by Medina Dugger

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 LagosPhoto Team at the Press Conference, From left to right, Dani GM;Eko Hotel, Steven Evans; MD Etisalat Nigeria, Azu Nwagbogu; Founder LagosPhoto, Marc Pust; Creative Director, LagosPhoto, Tosin Oshinowo; Architect LagosPhoto

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Party in the Park!

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2nd opening of LagosPhoto exhibition with my gorgeous sister Karimah. Image by

Selvaprakash Lakshmanan