29 Aug 2014

Blast from the past: Three in One Custom Order Bags

Blast from the past: 25/08/2009

I absolutely love it when I get custom orders especially orders that will have me wondering what the heck I got myself into making bags in the first place lol! The purple bag in the picture is one of such custom request and it is my most versatile yet, it can be a shoulder bag/messenger bag and by adding the second strap it becomes a back pack. It is large enough to be a laptop bag and still roomy to contain other stuff too. The brown on the other hand is a shoulder/messenger bag. Each bag has compartment for a laptop, two outer zipped pockets, a pouch, interior zipped compartment and phone pouches. 

Ok, so back to the present hehehehe. Looking at these bags now I can't help but smile because I remember how I felt when I accepted agreed to do the bags - the purple bag especially, I worried for a long time that I was not going to be able to do the bag as per specifications, nail bitting moment I tell you and even after I made and delivered it I was sure that I was going to get a mail from the owner telling me how disappointed she was that the bag failed to meet up o her expectations and blablabla... So, imagine my relief when I got the comment below from the owner;

"I have not been to your blog in ages, I just wanted to let you know that I loved my bag (I actually wrote you a long newsy email about it and just as I clicked the send icon,the computer I was using went burst so I dont know if you got it or not) Im sorry I have not written again, but my bag is the coolest thing and Im happy to see a picture of it!

Well done!" 
Needless to say, it made my day!

Anyways, thank you so much for stopping by and the weekend is here yay! So, have a great one and stay blessed ��! 


23 Aug 2014

Backpack of life!

Very cheesy title I know but I couldn't come up with anything else appropriate for what I'm about to share. I found this bag while I was googling for anything I could find on backpacks and I was like OMG!!! Brilliant! I mean yeah, some might think it creepy and all but you gotta admit it is...wow! The detailing on the skull is fantastic... wish I had this while in the University, I would have rocked the stitches off the bag! Anyways what do you guys think? Hell yeah! Hell no!! (pardon the pun) or WTF?! Read more about the bag, the production process and if it's your thing, the price here

So, what are you up to this weekend? Whatever it is stay safe �� and thank you ever so much for stopping by.


16 Aug 2014

Quick one...

Something I found while trolling the internet looking for "How to build a handbag brand" Found some very interesting read here and here

Source: Onairbyvickychavarri.files.wordpress.com


10 Aug 2014

All the bags in the world...

I found these stories while I was randomly surfing the internet (instead of working hehehehe) and thought to share.
Check out this lady's 3 story closet, the picture below is just a collage I created of some things in the "closet" Her bag collection is mental!

Photo and story source: Purseblog and Neiman Marcus Blog

...and read about how she was robbed; http://www.purseblog.com/chanel-bags/americas-largest-closet-robbed-1-million-luxury-goods.html

I am not going to judge the 3 storey closet, or all the shoes, bags, jewellery etc ... To each his own right? But you have to wonder though, when people showcase a blow by blow extent of their wealth out in the open especially on the internet, is that not begging to be robbed? ... #justwondering

Anyways, thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week ahead.


6 Aug 2014

Tie-Dye, Batik, 3D and Clutches...

It's been a wet week 'every-day' here in Lagos and though I absolutely love when it rains I have found myself wishing for a bit of more sunshine... shopping for leather is no fun in the rain. Anyways, the show must go on right? Rain or no rain orders must be completed lol! So, I've been very busy and have not had time to take pictures soooo I decided to share these picture of the Lolo clutches I made a while back. Following the first sets of Lolo clutches I made (read post here) I got a request to make a piece exactly like the first Red and golden yellow I made, but since no two pieces made at Gidan Nodza are ever the same I tried to make it as close to the original but not such that you would mistake one for the other, the result I would say was more than satisfactory...*feeling chuffed* See the picture of the said clutch below and two others I made while I was still in the 'Lolo Clutch making mood'. Please let me know what you think and of course which version is your fave!

All 3 clutches were made with fabrics dyed using our 3D dyeing technique, read about the dyeing technique here

Ok, so this is where I sign out! Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy what's left of the week.


2 Aug 2014

Joke Shoulder Bag...Chain up!

The Joxy clutch bag has been redesigned and renamed the Joke Shoulder bag. I have piped the bag and have also added detachable chain handle to give the user a choice of clutching or carrying but apart from that everything else about the design remains the same. These two clutches are available for purchase on our online shop and we will deliver anywhere! See my attempt at creating a look using the Black and Red version of the Joke Bag on Polyvore, what do you think? Should I just stick to making bags and leave the mixing and matching to the pros? Let me know and No! I won't hate you for being honest, I will just put you in my black books and be shooting internet missiles at you steady...lol! just kidding hehehe but seriously I would love to see the looks you can create using GN bags ��
View pictures below;

Black tie-dye fabric- red and black 3D dyeing effect-red thread surface stitching and red Saffiano leather

Brown and burnt orange tie dye fabric-orange thread surface stitching with orange Saffiano leather

Ok, gotta run so much to do so little time (am I beginning to sound like a broken record?) Oh well, it is what it is *big grin* Thank you so much for stopping by and may God's Grace be with you always-Amin.

I'm loving this lady's blog http://dressed2dnines.blogspot.com I will see if I can ask/beg/bribe/blackmail her into modeling/posing/mixing and matching some GN pieces ...hmmm now that I think about it, I definitely will *getting excited* 


31 Jul 2014

Clara Top Handle Clutch: New Bag Alert

For the very "lady like" Lady. Clara clutch bag will encourage you to carry along just your essentials.  
The interior will easily hold a wallet, a phone, some essential cosmetics. Bag has a zipped compartment and a phone pouch. Bag measures approx; 8"H 9"W and 2.5"D.

Just one of these is available for purchase. Visit our E-shop to buy it and much more.
(yeah, today is one of those slow blogging days, sorry *sheepish face*)

Thank you so much for stopping by and may your reality be much bigger than your dreams.


22 Jul 2014

Fabric Dyeing, Custom Orders and then some

Fabrics of the moment

Its going to be a busy couple of days here at GN. I have some custom request to take care of and in between that I have to check with my leather supplier for some black leather she promised I would get tomorrow, after a number of visits and rejecting what she showed me she promised to surprise me tomorrow... well here is hoping. 

Anyways find below pictures of what I've been up to and what I will be busy doing for the next couple of days.  

Picture story of my process of dyeing the fabrics I use for my projects.

 January Bag and Patchwork Aduke bag loading...

They are ready!!!  Remember I wrote about them here, well these Joxy clutches will be renamed. More on that later. 

So gotta run, those bags won't make themselves will they? *sigh, sometimes I wish though* 

As always, thank you so much for stopping by and always remember that the grass might seem to be greener on the other side but it usually isn't! 


19 Jul 2014

Mushin Leather Market- Part Two

Read Part One here

This is an old picture...

Its been a wet week and seeing as I couldn't postpone my trip to the leather market any longer I had to brave the elements and make the trip, but if you know me well enough you will know that rain or shine I always look forward to visiting Mushin leather market. Unfortunately the rain at the market today was particularly heavy, everywhere was muddy, murky, messy and then some, I couldn't take pictures because most stalls were packed to the brim with customers waiting for the rain to ease up and of course our good ole electric power suppliers used the rain as an excuse to cut power...so imagine this- you have heavy rain, leaking roofs, wet clothes, muddy feet/shoes, damp leathers, a room packed full of soaked but body heat generating artisans, a sprinkling of wet HAIR weaves (I have locks by the way which I wash every week *straight face*) ... So, get the picture? That scenario is not a perfect picture moment, its a wonder I was able to get anything at all...although for me it was a do or DIE! I cannot brave the elements to go to the market and then get back home empty handed, I rolled up my jeans, put all my valuables in my bag, told my locks to prepare for the worst and went ahead to complete my mission! Which didn't turn out so well because I ended up forgetting some of my stuff... I was almost home when I realised that I was missing a bag, luckily I remembered where I had left it and called someone I could rely on to get and keep the stuff till I was ready. 

Anyways, re-reading this first market post that I did in 2011, I realised that not much has changed, Mushin leather market is still Mushin leather market, more shops have opened though (which is always a good thing) quality of both leather and hardware has improved but apart from that everything is still same ole same ole ...

So, check out my stash from the market below;

Bag frames, chains and rivets: Expect to see some frame bags available for sale soon. Loving those rivets by the way. P.S These were the stuff I forgot in the market ... I would have been miserable for a while if I had REALLY lost it. 

Cork soles, shoe strap pattern and rubber soles: Yup! I'm trying out new things...

Leather: I really really love the experience of searching, finding the right piece and buying leather *sigh* 

There, I gotta go. Gotta check on the fabrics I am dyeing and I need to get those Joxy clutches of yesterday ready before Monday 21st July. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and stay blessed.


18 Jul 2014

Projects loading...

I just put this up on my instagram page and thought to just drop a quick one on the blog. These are the projects currently on my work table, Joxy clutch bag will now have detachable handle... as clutch bags go, Joxy bag is quite large so we feel its only fair to give our customers options. I am excited and nervous to see the outcome... #theprocess #3Ddyeing #tieanddye   
As seen here http://instagram.com/gidannodza 

...I know, I need to change my cutting mat...it's on the high sea biko, so please bear with me lol! Thank you so much for stopping by and have great weekend.


Mushin Leather Market - Part One

This post was originally made in 2011, but to be honest, not much has changed. I was at the market today and decided to put up a sequel to this post...it will be up in a bit, in the meantime refresh your memory before then will ya'

I was in Mushin a few days back doing what I love doing best...you guessed it, buying leather! It was a wet day and it had to be a quick in and out for me, I was in the market like a few minutes past  8:00 am and out by 10:00 am (that is a record for me cos visiting this market is usually like a full day's event for me, I never get tired of this place, it seems I am always discovering new stuff... it's great I tell you) 

As far as I know Mushin is the largest retail leather market in Lagos (I stand to be corrected) where you can get both imported and locally produced leather and not to mention fake leather (though the sellers will swear that it is genuine) You can get just about any kind of leather here... that's if you are willing to get on your knees (errr not reeeeally or rather not always..but you get my drift) and dig through piles of musty leather for that greeeeeeat looking piece that you have been searching for all your life, just to be told that most of that greeeeeeat piece sold out a few days back - if not you will just have to settle for what is hung on nails and hooks, but trust me digging for leather is much more fun!!! I get most of my metal/bronze accessories here too. 


Continue for more pictures and tips on how to make this wonderful market work for you

This seller sells mainly shoe making stuff, but that's not to say I wont buy from him when I see something that might work for me

 This is Joyce, I get most of my metals and other accessories from her. The pieces pinned on the board behind her are samples of what she had has available... just pray that the piece you want at a particular time is in stock cos a piece being on the board doesn't necessarily mean it's in stock (That's Mushin for you) 
More of Joyce's shop, how she makes sense of all this stuff amazes me
See what I mean about making making sense? 

Over time I have learnt that to get the best out of this market, you have to;
  1. Have an idea of  Know what you want
  2. Have the time to search for what you want
  3. Never shy away from asking questions and always take what the sellers tell you with a pinch of salt
  4. When the sellers tell you it wont work, say thank you but buy it and try it out first
  5. See accessories you like? TAKE EVERYTHING!!! or if you are short on cash at the time, put money down on everything but make sure you go back to collect ASAP, chances are you might never not get them again
  6.  Fight the urge not to always buy the first leather you see (easier said than done I tell you) cos chances you might find something better just when you have run out of cash.
  7. Ignore sellers that shout and make noise to get your attention, those that have the good stuff wont call out, they will wait for you to find them after many hits and misses
  8. Learn to talk from the corner of your mouth to other buyers to feel them out on what you are purchasing to get their view on genuineness and price- some might oblige you and some will try to be standoffish- forgive but forget them!
  9. Wear flats or slippers, jeans/pants in short dress comfortably and be ready to climb, duck, jump, push back, dodge and where necessary elbow through buyers, sellers, hawkers, children, cars, bikes, goats, chickens... you name it hehehehe
  10. Last but not least (I need to sleep...it's 1:57 am) learn to take in a lot from the corners of your eyes without alerting the sellers... window shop in style while still moving fast on your feet - dodging, ducking, jumping...you get my drift
  11. Oh....and another last, when you see what you reeeeallly reeeealllly want... look bored, uninterested and almost angry even, act like it's not really what you are after but are going to make do with it anyway, don't act over excited or that way they will never reduce from the initial price (easier said than done I tell you, most times I get carried away and get cheated in the process, but I still end up a happy camper lol!!!)
On a final note (this is the last I promise) always take the time to be nice and courteous to the sellers, it cost nothing I swear and don't forget that just like you they are out to make a killing (so to speak) I have come to learn that you can make loyal customers too out of them, you will find that some that are willing to go out on a limb for you i.e holding down items for you without prior deposit, telling you what and who not to buy from, alerting you of new stock deliveries and such small favours... you know

Kai!!! I need to sleep. I hope to take pictures soon... I have been working and neglecting the pictures part mainly because I do not have a proper camera... there is just sooooo much a phone camera can do (even for a smart phone) So hopefully I should be able to take care of that bit this weekend or early next week and I will put'em up for all ya viewing pleasure. 

But in the mean time be thankful for what you have and thank you ever so much for stopping by and the support.  


13 Jul 2014

Keep calm...

I have been ill...I am back now yaaaay!!! Been taking things easy but I am now ready to plunge in. I have got a few 'New Bag Alert' and some give aways in the pipeline. I am also planning to bring back to life some old designs while modifying some old favourites. Gidan Nodza for me is a journey, please stay with me folks and let's enjoy the ride ;)
So, as we start a new week, I advise that you...

I am a big 'Hunger Games' fan and I cannot lie.

Thank you so much for stopping  by and 'May the odds be ever in your favour'


10 Jun 2014

Tumilara Bucket Bag in 3D and NEW STOCKIST ALERT!!!

Good news for our Abuja customers, Gidan Nodza now has a stockist in Abuja! Oh yeah ��!!! Ok, will get to that in a Gidan Nodza minute...first about the bag! ����

So, if you are not our fan on Facebook and are not following us on twitter or instagram then you would have missed the debut of these 3D versions of Tumilara Bucket Bag. The first prototype version was made with Aso-Oke here and after that version I made the all leather version hereThis bag is not too big not too small and measures approx. 10” height, 12”width and 6”depth, this roomy shoulder bag is fully lined and also features zipped and cell phone pockets. So, which of these versions is your fave? 
See details of our Abuja stockist below. 

Whooooop!!! Finally! Our Abuja customers can view, buy or even pick up their Gidan Nodza orders from our stockist shop at their own convenience. The address is; Laila Spa. No. 14, Oworo Street, 35 Road 3rd Avenue, Gwarimpa Estate Abuja, and you can call them on 08175575744 if you are expecting an order or, to confirm if they have new stock or even better, follow them on instagram @_lailaspa to see items available. I am so excited like you will not believe ��. Just so you know, these Tumilara Bucket Bag in 3D are currently in Abuja with our stockist and are available for purchase, so get in touch if you see your name on any one and they will sort you out �� 

Ok, gotta go, so much to do and so little time lol! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and may life be good to you and yours. Amen.


9 Jun 2014

Blast from the past: Nwane Clutches

I made these clutches in 2012 and it's amazing that it's been 2 years since then because I can remember vividly how excited I was when I made them. The design was a specific request for a no-nonsense customer's sister...which, in a nutshell meant there was a lot at stake I tell you! Anyways, read the post below as it was written 2 years ago lol! 

These clutches were aptly named by the person that inspired their creation. When asked to name them, her words were "Let's call this one Nwane because I love how you hold clutches just like you hug your sister or girlfriends" I absolutely love it!!! 

So folks, I give you Nwane Clutches, enjoy the pictures and I'd really love to hear what you think :D

You can buy what's left of the clutches and more here.

Please don't forget to follow us on twitter here and like our facebook fan page here for quick updates and to view pictures and post that for some reason don't make it here. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Sadly the clutches are not available right now but a slightly revamped version will be available soon. 



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