Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
The Managing Director, Leather Spa and Company, Ms. Chidinma Ekwebelem has lamented that the country lacks reliable places to get luxury goods fixed, saying that there was need for more innovative services in Nigeria.
Ekwebelem who gave the hint in Abuja, revealed that she set up Leather Spa in order to break the barrier of travelling out to get luxury goods fixed especially leather products, in terms of repairs and restoration.
According to her, “I always travel out to get my bags or my shoes fixed. Whenever I travel out I will just fix it and I will come back because we don’t have reliable places in Nigeria where you can have your luxury goods fixed. So I came up with the idea, have always been passionate about business, I eat and breathe business.”
She added: “I actually travel out for training for months and I came back and I decided to set this up because it’s the first of it kind in Nigeria and we are happy to provide services like this because we need more innovative services like this in Nigeria as to the normal norm that we have here.”
Ekwebelem noted that she decided to do something different for a change and to also deliver good services which she said was the number one priority for the company.
She explained: “We restore and repair leather goods. We don’t change the leather, we work with what you have. Just like for example now, you can’t do anything with synthetic hair, but you can do a lot with human hair because it’s natural. So, we only work with original leathers, we restore it, we repair it, we can change the colour of the leather. If you have a black shoe and you don’t like the colour you can change it to blue ,green, black, anything of your choice . Like scratches and tears in leather chair we can restore it without having to change the leather.”
Ekwebelem stated that anybody that likes leather goods and his willing to pay to restore it are the target market, noting that the company services are very affordable and it ranges from N5,000 to about N30,000 depending on the kind of service.
“We render all services that has to do with leather restoration. There is no company in Nigeria that does this. In the next two years I want to build an empire on leather Spa. I want to have branches in all the states in Nigeria so that we can spread out and offer good services in the country,” she stressed.
She pointed that though she was starting with Abuja but Lagos would be her next target because the market is huge in Lagos.