Name: Stephanie Odundo
Occupation: Leather Goods Entrepreneur
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Stephanie Odundo is a budding leather goods entrepreneur whose interest in leather goods took root 2 years ago. She has trained and apprenticed in leather goods manufacturing. Recently she embarked on starting her own business, where she has made customized leather items such as bags and wallets for individuals.
Stephanie has worked in the film industry as a production assistant. She is also a private pilot license holder with a penchant for the skies.
Other than working on her business, Stephanie likes to feed her curiosity through reading and learning new skills related to her areas of interest.
She is currently working on growing her business, to offer a range of customized leather products.
Creative Journey/Creative Life-cycle
Ever since my early school days, I tended to gravitate towards the arts subjects, so it was only natural that I ended up in the creative industry later on in life. After my tertiary education, I found myself intertwined in the film and TV production space where I played various roles including producing, scripting, editing and generally running around to ensure that my assigned roles for any given production were done.
It was during a break from the production space that I rekindled my idea of learning how to make leather products like shoes and bags and thereafter express my creativity through leather products. I went in search of knowledge and skills on leather work. Two years down the line, I decided to start a business, making leather goods customized to individuals preferences. The business is still in its formative stages, with the aim of growing to become a household name in production of luxurious leather goods.
To foster lasting impressions through aesthetic and functional leather goods
To create functional and captivating leather products for local consumers with an appreciation for well thought out handcrafted leather goods
18 months plan
My 18 months plan for the business involves moving the business from where it is at, at the moment to a more financially sound venture while staying true to the mission, vision and values of the business.
The following are the highlights of the plans to be implemented within the next 18 months to propel the business forward:
● Formalization of the business through registration
● Identifying and relocating to a workspace conducive to a workshop
● Identifying and bringing on board talent/s to assist with production
● Identifying outlets, possible partnerships, and mediums of distributing the products
● Developing and expanding the product range available to consumers for purchase
● Building the business brand to increase visibility and subsequent purchase of the products to be offered to the consumers