Growth Cafe With Femi Olayebi
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We are so excited to have Femi Olayebi, Creative Director FemiHandbags on Growth Cafe by What Next, Coach?
She’ll be sharing “Maintaining Consistent Product Quality Through The Years” on 6th August, 2020 from 4-5pm on Zoom.
FEMI OLAYEBI is a self-taught, award-winning handbag designer, trainer, mentor, and the creative brain behind the eponymous FemiHandbags brand. A translator by profession, she became an entrepreneur by accident when in 1992, she tried her hands at making a baby bag for her first baby. Slowly, but steadily she navigated the design and manufacturing terrain, experimenting with the resources at her disposal.
In 2008, she became a Goldman Sachs10,000 Women scholar, and was twice nominated to attend programmes in the United States, where she job-shadowed some of the world’s most famous handbag designers. In 2010, she participated in her first international handbag show, Pure London and in 2012, her business became a case study for MBA students at the Lagos Business School. In 2017, she championed the Lagos Leather Fair, which provides a platform for leather designers and other stakeholders along the leather value chain in a bid to create awareness of the huge potential of an industry which has long been neglected. In 2018 she showed her signature pieces at the Autumn/Winter edition of the London Fashion Week, and has been featured on CNN Marketplace AFRICA and BBC News Africa.
In July 2018, she opened her flagship store in Lagos, Nigeria; her bags are also stocked in London and New York.
In 2019, she participated at multiple trade shows in New York at the invitation of SheTrades, a business women empowerment initiative under the International Trade Centre based in Switzerland, and is currently working at partnering with the MasterCard Foundation on their Young Africa Works strategy – which aims to create a pathway out of poverty for millions of young Africans.
Femi Olayebi is based in Ibadan, Nigeria, and is married with three amazing daughters.