About Luxury Leather Africa – LULEA by Chesneau

Founded by award-winning, internationally acclaimed premium leather and accessories designer, Edmond Chesneau, Luxury Leather Africa (LULEA) is an enterprise for social impact.

Our centre of excellence is based in Thika, Kenya. We specialise in training Kenyans to be masters in the creation of luxury leather goods of outstanding quality for the global market by constant and sustained training approach. All LULEA collections are designed and crafted on location under the watchful gaze of our founder and master craftsman, Edmond Chesneau.

LULEA won an Ethical Fashion award at the House of Lords in London in 2013. Another award was received from the Kenyan Ministry of Industrialisation in 2014 for its contribution to the East African leather industry

We are rewriting the African narrative by choosing to invest in what we believe.

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Doing Business the Elephant Way

“Do well, do good and feel good about it”.’ We implement this philosophy by investing in building capacity by creating a permanent asset for our trainee/workforce, jobs with real potential to change lives, while building an economically and socially sustainable enterprise in all transparency for all stakeholders. This philosophy symbolized by our elephant logo;
an animal which passes on wisdom and knowledge accumulated through its lifetime to empower the community with the necessary skills to survive and thrive.

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Designed & Made in Kenya

 

Luxury Leather Africa (LULEA) in Thika, a town situated approx. 40km north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi was founded by internationally acclaimed premium leather and accessories designer, Edmond Chesneau. LULEA is an enterprise for social impact specialising in training Kenyans to be masters in the creation of luxury leather goods of outstanding quality through constant and sustained training.

All LULEA products are designed and crafted on location in Thika and designed to appeal to the emerging fashion consumer who wishes to be associated with an affordable luxury brand that “does well and does good” and enables the customer to feel good about their product choice and be part of a good story.

LULEA describes it’s accessory collections as “beautifully crafted and having a timeless equestrian aesthetic appeal”, that use locally sourced leather and other raw materials including partnering with local communities to create beautiful and brightly coloured hand-woven Kenyan wool and cotton fabrics creating a delicate balance between luxury and design and using the best possible raw materials all sourced within Kenya

Our Collection

Our products appeal to the emerging fashion consumer who wishes to be associated with an affordable luxury brand that “does well and does good” by making a developmental difference and enabling  the customer to feel good about their product choice and be part of a good story.

The Lulea accessory collections are beautifully crafted and have a timeless equestrian aesthetic appeal, inspired by the original Chesneau brand heritage Including the “Chesneau horse shoe logo” long associated with Ireland, UK and USA.

Lulea uses locally sourced leather and other raw materials which includes partnering with local community to create beautiful and brightly coloured hand-woven Kenyan wool and cotton fabric

Each handbag is lovingly constructed and illustrates a delicate balance between luxury and design, working within skills development level available and the best possible raw materials.

Time is Luxury and  we take time to handcraft our bags with the greatest care and attention to detail.

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Our supporters

LULEA customers/supporters include VIPs, TV personalities and celebrities including Kenyan Oscar (2014) award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. She carried a Chesneau Heltzel for LULEA clutch bag to the Producers Guild Awards in LA in 2014.

Partnership

We recently partnered with Wild Aid in support of Lupita Nyong’o becoming an ambassador for the elephant cause.

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About Edmond Chesneau

Edmond Chesneau began his career in Ireland as a designer under the tuition of a former master craftsman from internationally-renowned luxury leather goods house, Hermes. Mr. Chesneau’s 35 years’ experience coaching workforces in Ireland and Asia has helped him conceive a knowledge transfer model in the techniques and traditions of leather craftsmanship that he continues to pass to the Lulea trainee staff.

 

“For close to 40 years I have been in the business of designing, producing and marketing leather accessories for luxury markets around the world. Lulea gives me the opportunity to apply this life-long experience into a meaningful business model in an environment that is now thankfully ready for sustainable growth and development.”

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“We all have a responsibility to make our planet a better place” Edmond Chesneau

Contact us

Mobile: +254 711 408028

Email: info@luleabychesneau.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LuleaByChesneau

Showrooms & Stockists:
Urban African Lifestyle Company
Spinners Web Kenya

Address: P.O. Box 7774 Thika, Kenya

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