by Kolapo Olapoju
For 5 years, Le Petit Marche – The Little Market, birth in Nigeria to mirror the popular Portobello Market in London has been a shopping favourite since its launch in 2009, it has successfully gathered the best of the city’s high street fashion brands and Fashionistas – monthly all under one roof, since its launch, every last Sunday of the month!
For every anniversary, there has been a theme starting with their 1st year Buy Nigerian Edition, 2nd Year Charity Edition with the Freedom Foundation, 3rd year – launching their retail concept store -L’Espace; which won the British Council Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award in 2013 at the Lagos Fashion & Design Week, 4th Year, Discovering Design.
This little market has made a very large impact in Nigeria’s budding Fashion Industry in helping introduce a fun retail experience for all.
To celebrate their 5th year they are looking to harness the buying power and desire for other African brands that are inaccessible to the Nigerian market and the LPM Community, and eventually tour Africa with an exciting mix of brands such as Osei Duro from Ghana, Thula Sindi from South Africa, Sophie Zinga from Senegal, Weizdhurm Frankyln from Nigeria to name a few – taking the LPM Experience and community around the world!
The LPM Africa’s inaugural edition will take place on the 31st of August, 2014, at L’espace.