Old Dog, New Tricks...

Disclaimer: The contents of this post is in no way related to the title, sorry if you came here expecting to learn how to teach an old dog new tricks... Duhhh! You can't! But, since you are here just read on why dont'cha? You might learn a thing or two ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ hehehehe 


We still here, on the same hustle ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„.

A major secret in this business is to use what you have, no matter how errrrm #leftwing it is to get the desired effect/result...as evidenced right up there on my work table ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Some info for those not in the know ๐Ÿ˜’ (you are forgiven for not following us in instagram @gidannodza) We are giving an old design a major makeover, so major I'm beginning to ask myself if my head is correct sef (for my non pidgin English readers: if I am alright in the head *please read with a foreign accent, thank you) ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚...anyways let's wait and see shall we ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜“. See more behind the scenes phone shots below;

Keep your eyes peeled for the finished pictures or you can follow us on instagram @gidannodza to see them in real time when they are posted ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜. Yes! I confess, we are much more current on thegram...a few moments or sometimes days behind but still current #ifyouknowyouknow hehehe ๐Ÿ˜

Gotta run, them bags are not going to finish themselves ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Thank you ever so much for stopping by.

Forgotten Gems

Original post on instagram @gidannodza ๐Ÿ˜„

Sometimes I marvel at the "gems" I have stashed/hidden away in my #hardware cupboard. Bought on a whim and kept to be used when the "inspiration hits" ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ but alas...many years down the line they remain hidden away in dust covered storage containers to be moved about as we reach for the familiar, base worn, cracked lid and sometimes food stained storage containers for those safe hardwares we use to keep up with the Joneses in this #selftaught, #handmade, small business, big dreams life. There! I've said it...I'm a closet hoarder ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ #IswearIcantstophoardinghardwares. So, show's over folks ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ back to regular programming 

It's a very VERY raining wet Saturday here in Lagos Nigeria, hope you are dry and warm wherever you are ๐Ÿ˜Š #favouritetimeofyear #rainfordays #rainlover 

#behindthescene #supporthandmade #smallbeginnings #handmadelife #closeup #Gems 

Gotta go, can't stay too long on blogville, social media is calling ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ I'm kidding ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Thank you for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜„ May the universe be kind to you always ๐Ÿ™.


New Bag Alert! Ore Backpack

I had been meaning to do a backpack since forever, kinda like an "end of discussion'' backpack. I wanted something minimalist, I wanted something practical and not to mention nice to look at. After playing around with designs and making a prototype (See ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ) I was dissatisfied with the outcome. It wasn't siting properly as I wanted, the 2 front pouches were slanting too much towards the centre, the pouch flaps were also not working...you know what? Just look at the prototype proper first before I continue ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜ฃ

Ehen... Like I was saying, I wasn't feeling the overall effect. So, it was back to the drawing board and after a few back and forth plus research then BOOM!!! The Ore Backpack as we now know it was born ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Ore #Backpack. Ore (pronounced as aww-rรฆ) means Friend in Yoruba, but "Friend" in this case is not just any friend but the ride or diiiiiiiie kinda friend! Oh yes,  because everyone needs that dependable, #rideordie #takeabullet kinda friend... In this case backpack, a dependable last bus-stop Backpack๐Ÿ˜‰. Ore Backpack is #rugged it's #sturdy, it's roomy, it's errr just perfect! #youcantakethattothebank ๐Ÿ˜† See what the Backpack looks like proper below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ

This version has a mix of leather and webbing for the back handle. 

This colour though ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Leather combo of life!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

All backpacks feature a very roomy interior, big enough for a standard laptop (tried and tested ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ) and it also has a zipped compartment which doubles as a slip slot a well. The front pouches make for extra accessible storage space small items like keys, chargers, loose change and other bric-a-brac, while double back handles are strong and adjustable. 

Also, just so you know, all bags are handcrafted here in #Lagos #Nigeria and you can purchase these bags and others on our website on http://gidannodza.net remember it's still free delivery within Nigeria.

So, what do you think of the Ore backpack? Would you rock it? Please let us know what you think...who knows you just might win something for hitting back ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š Anyways, gotta run, so many things to do, so little time ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜…. Thank you so much for stopping by and "May the odds be ever in your favour" ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜˜


2018: Creative Bloc and All...

It's entering into the 2nd full week in February 2018 and I think I am having one of the worst, epic, daunting, the-more-I-think-the-more-I-am-stuck, walking-on-one-spot artistic, creative, entrepreneurial bloc ever! Its like I'm afraid to make the first move for the year...I have not made and completed any project this year, Shocking!!!๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Kinda like what if what I start off the year with is not something grand... it might jinx the whole year ๐Ÿ˜ฌ silly? ๐Ÿ™ˆI know ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„. Don't get me wrong, I have loads of ideas in my head, sketches on paper and some prototypes completed but ...

The funny thing is that I go on Social media especially Instagram and Pinterest and POW!!! I get so inspired and the itch to go create takes over me, I rush back to the workshop but the moment I get on my stool the zeal, enthusiasm, fiery inspiration, go-get'em energy evaporates ๐Ÿ˜ฃ☹️

There's also a downside to this whole Social Media thingy๐Ÿค”...it can be deflating...sometimes especially when many on said Instagram are oooing and ahhhing about how awesome 2018 already is ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ท #&$\;/please ๐Ÿ‘€

Anyways, here is me praying that as we start a new week my bag-making-super-excited-I'm-ready-to-take-over-the-world mojo makes a comeback, I miss it, I really do ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

Hope 2018 has been super amazing for you ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ. Thank you so much for stopping by. Go, Conquer, Repeat!


Store Front View #hotstuff

How y'all doing today? 2 blog post in two days...wow!๐Ÿ˜ฑ Now that's a record for me ๐Ÿ˜œ So I says to myself... since this blogging spirit is still strong in you today, you might as well milk it, so this is me milking it๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ. That said, unto the crux of the matter๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ

This is what our store front looks like today ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stop by here and check them out. You might see something with your name on it ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 happy shopping๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜˜. 


Sokรจ Slobo Bag: The Evolution

Slobo Bag; A cross between a slouchy bag and a hobo bag (I coined this name๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ)

Sokรจ Slobo Bags in #formation

First of all I gotta get this off ma chest..."Constant inconsistent" blogging is hard ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ฐit is not beans I swear! Awon celebrity bloggers I give you hand ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ real MVP things ๐Ÿ˜ฃ been at this blogging biznizz for a while now one would think it will be much easier now๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜– I have been sitting here for a long time...too long in fact contemplating what to write, how to write and not come off sounding how exactly how I feel... which is bleh ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜ Maybe it's the weather ๐Ÿ™„ its been raining then not raining then raining then...๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™…๐ŸพAnyways as I was brooding it just hit me ๐Ÿ™€ I've made like three types of Slobo bags and I'm yet to share the latest evolution with you guys ๐Ÿ˜† something to write about yaaaay!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ Truth is I have several old designs that are sporting new looks and yet I'm yet to share but err this post is not about them...it is now about the Slobo Bag now named The Sokรจ Slobo Bag Yes!!!๐Ÿ˜ 

Let's recap shall we;

The first version ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพlike I said in this post ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพ here (please read to get the full gist) was the prototype. I promised that it was going to undergo changes and it did hehehehe

The next version which I blogged about ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพ  here was supposed to be the last version but duh! I'm the designer ๐Ÿ™„ I'm allowed to change my mind every now and then ain't I? You know creative license and all that good stuff hehehehe๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜†

So it is time to unveil the new look Sokรจ Slobo Bag ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ....Drum roll please (that's funny, no Drum emoji hmmmm๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” strange๐Ÿ˜ฑ or did I miss it?) Kai! Back to the matter ๐Ÿ˜‚ See the new look Sokรจ Slobo Bags๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพjust so you know, 2 different versions were made ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ

This version ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพwas made on request. The owner wanted it as close to the original as possible and I can confidently say that we nailed it! We took the best features of the original and enhanced the other features ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ This leather is sooooo so soft, just right to get the perfect slouch ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

This ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพnext version on the other hand we can confirm to be the last version of the Sokรจ Slobo Bag. We will only tweak it on request of course ๐Ÿ˜†and just so you know, accessorising with things like pouches, fringe, studs, outer pockets, eyelets etc...don't count ๐Ÿ˜œ. What we will not do is to fundamentally change the design (fingers crossed ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…) So view the latest version(s) and tell us what you think ๐Ÿ™ˆ
Puffed Leather Version: How cool is this version? I hear puffed bags are in ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜€

Snake Skin Print Leather version #nowords!

Seriously we would love to know what you think about this latest and last version of the Sokรจ Slobo Bag and our products in general ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜„...a comment or two would be nice ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜˜

Anyways gotta run ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพthis post is too long already ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜…. Don't forget you can buy GN products directly online now on our website and it's still free delivery within Nigeria ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

Thank you so much for stopping by and "May the odds be ever in your favour" ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜˜


New Look: The Osayi bag

Like I mentioned in the first post about the Osayi Bag (Read here), the design has been tweaked and modified for the third and hopefully last time ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜. I made two but it so happens that only one of the two was tweaked, why? Well, because the "One" was a custom order and the owner wanted it as is, so we made it like what she saw ๐Ÿ™ƒand needless to say she was pleased with it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ. So for the second, what exactly did I do that was different from the first 2 originals? Well, amma tell you ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ... err to be honest it's not like I did a lot of tweaking ๐Ÿ˜– it was just one major tweak, but you will agree with me that one major tweak can make a lot of difference in the scheme of things yeah๐Ÿ‘€? Now back to the tweaking....can you guess? Lets see if  you can figure it out. Look at the picture ☝๐Ÿพ☝๐Ÿพand the first 4 pictures๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ...can you tell?

OK apart from the very obvious...i.e long handle is leather instead of webbing duh! ๐Ÿ˜’ ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ The tweak is that the gusset (Sides of the bag) is totally different ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ, did you get it? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜…. The original had no ridge between the main body and the gusset itself, it was just one piece (leather and canvas joined to form the one piece gusset ๐Ÿ™„) joined to the main body, but the new version has a dividing ridge-like something something ๐Ÿ™Š, it makes it easier to tuck in and even when not tucked it hold its own, and it makes for better aesthetics... I really don't know how to explain it differently from what I just said so amma just leave it at that and hope that you got it! ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜
But tweaking aside, how cool are these bags? Made with quilt style dyed Canvas mixed with patent leather (my new favourite leather๐Ÿ˜š), these pieces are one-offs, there can never be two of you in a room... or a country for that matter, oh yeah ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ #cockymuch ๐Ÿ˜‹ Apart from that, the overall design, fold-able gussets, stylish Handle-Through-Flap design, roomy interior and extra longer handle make these bags just ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜ #nowords. See the custom-ordered version ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ. I call this the ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ version ๐Ÿ˜œ

Sadly no Osayi Bag is available at the moment ☹️๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜œ but we can make one for you on request. Hey, we can even tweak it specially for you if you are wild like that ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜ just hit us up on gidannodza@gmail.com and we will go back and forth with your "modifications" until you are satisfied ๐Ÿ˜‰. Other items that might interest you are listed on our website, who knows you might see something that "rings" your bell ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜Œ
So, gotta go ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพ lots to do so little time ๐Ÿ™„. Thank you so much for coming and have a blast this week...do something new ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ✋๐ŸพCheers ๐Ÿ˜˜☺️


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...it 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.



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