In an Interview with one of fashion online’s journalist, Chidi – an Uturu based cobbler and shoemaker gives fashion online a sneak peak Into his business life and his battle with the economy.
FASHION ONLINE: First and foremost,what’s your name?
COBBLER: My name is Chidi
FASHION ONLINE: So,for how long have you been In this shoemaking and cobbling Industry?
COBBLER: 12 years to be exact
FASHION ONLINE: Wow, So what are your basics as a Cobbler/shoe maker?
COBBLER: Well,I do both male and female foot wears ,most especially shoes for Men and sandals for Women.
FASHION ONLINE: Which foot wear brand Is your Inspiration?
COBBLER: Thanks for the question I really love Levi’s and Timberland but basically my Inspiration should be Levi’s
FASHION ONLINE: Okay,Can you rate the shoe making/cobbling Industry in a rage of 10
COBBLER: I would give the Industry a 7/10 because of the things to consider.
FASHION ONLINE: Things to consider?
COBBLER: Well there are a lot of things to consider In this Industry,things such as your time ,finance,disappointments ,Increment In productivity and sometimes low turn up.
FASHION ONLINE: Obviously! Tell me about your day to day struggle with the market
COBBLER: Well based on logistics and negotiations things have gone up and our percentage has been antagonized.
FASHION ONLINE: So that means the recession In Nigeria affects your business?
COBBLER: Of course,the recession has affected my productivity and my business negatively. For example I used to buy a bottle of gum for N150.00 but now it is N350.00
FASHION ONLINE: What about negotiations?
COBBLER: It affects me and my business negatively In the aspect of negotiations and turn up. It disgusts my patronizers and their negotiations can be quite unfriendly.
FASHION ONLINE: Lastly,of what importance are foot wears to the fashion industry?
COBBLER: There is no way a creative can slay fashionably without shoes,sandals ,palms ,heels ,etc because they bring out the beauty and elegance In the outfits. In some countries like Spain ,Madrid, Italy and so on they respect foot wears and I believe that Nigeria does the same.
Not to critize but the Celestial churches get It wrong by not wearing footwears.In fact I Chidi believes that the fashion Industry Is Incomplete without foot wears.￼
My name is Chidi and I believe that the fashion industry is incomplete without foot wears” – An Uturu based Shoemaker/Cobbler tells Fashion Online
Mervyn Onyemaechi Ojukwu
Fashion Online Nigeria – promoting the best of Nigerian fashion