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Levi’s to focus on offering retail experience to consumers

Levi’s to focus on offering retail experience to consumers

  It takes a lot to build a brand – from investment to unique proposition. Indeed, the Internet makes it easier to launch a brand. This explains the plethora of brands, especially in the US, there are many domestic apparel brands that have made a decent size business and none of them are really profitable today, just a han... Read more

Growing popularity of e-com making fashion accessible to all

Growing popularity of e-com making fashion accessible to all

  With growing disposable income, a new era of growth has emerged for retail companies, especially fashion, electronics, footwear, accessories, etc. As per India Business of Fashion Report 2017, the Indian fashion retail market which was worth Rs 2,97,091 crores in 2016 will grow at a CAGR of 9.7 per cent to reach Rs 7,48,398 cr... Read more

Homegrown denim brands come off age

Homegrown denim brands come off age

Studies suggest there are seven pairs of jeans for every person on the planet. Last year, 1.9 billion pairs were sold, and over 500 million of these were in India alone, making it the second largest consumer of the versatile blue fabric, after China. While local brands such as Mufti and Flying Machine are finding their place in the ... Read more

CMAI Q1 Apparel Index: Grows to 2.77 points, outlook positive for next qu…

CMAI Q1 Apparel Index: Grows to 2.77 points, outlook positive for next quarter

CMAI’s Q1 Apparel Index for April-June FY 2017-18 reflects positivity is in the air. At 2.77 the index value for the quarter has moved up compared to previous quarter, Q4 (Jan-March FY 2016-17) when it was 2.25 points. The market recovered after ‘demonitisation’. However, the industry faced yet another tight spot i... Read more

From exquisite ethnic wear to natural saris, Ritu Kumar continues to lead

From exquisite ethnic wear to natural saris, Ritu Kumar continues to lead

  Designer Ritu Kumar’s brand by the same name launched in 1969 reflects the ancient Indian tradition of craftsmanship in a contemporary setting. The brand is known for its distinctive use of colors, quality of fabrics, intricate embroidery and a gloriously rich Indian aesthetic sense. As Ritu Kumar says, “Each of ou... Read more

Indian handloom creating a niche globally

Indian handloom creating a niche globally

  Being the second-largest employer in the country with over 4.3 million people directly involved in production, the Indian handloom industry has a rich heritage. With leading designers poised to offer its richness, the sector is set to boom and if the recent trend is anything to go by, it’s going to be a heady mix of old ... Read more

Sahiba: ‘We aim to cater to all fashion needs of a woman’

Sahiba: ‘We aim to cater to all fashion needs of a woman’

Sahiba’s mantra is to provide ‘affordable designer fashion’ to women in all segments of the market. Yashiki Gumber, Director, Sahiba, attributes the convenience and comfort level of women’s ethnic wear in India as the major reason that this segment still holds a major chunk of the apparel industry market. &ld... Read more

Manyavar making a strong presence in ethnic wear

Manyavar making a strong presence in ethnic wear

  India’s ethnic wear market is estimated to be worth Rs 80,000 crores and is largely characterised by small, standalone regional players. While they are still touted as the garments for festive seasons, Ravi Modi, Founder and Chairman, Vedant Fashions (VFPL), the Kolkata-based company the power behind ethnic apparel brand... Read more

GST: Proactive approach needed to ensure hassle free implementation

GST: Proactive approach needed to ensure hassle free implementation

  The textile sector, which has so far been out of the tax net, has now come under the GST scanner. While the government has tried to impose excise in the past too, it always failed. While there have been protests and strikes against GST, experts feel the government needs to now look into some crucial issues. Till date, signific... Read more

Fusion Beats: ‘Easygoing, comfortable wear is the first priority of conte…

Fusion Beats: ‘Easygoing, comfortable wear is the first priority of contemporary Indian women’

  “We have noticed women are more inclined towards the oversized look, therefore, the style statement we will be focusing on for the upcoming season is tailored to suit their needs,” says Radhesh Kagzi, President, Fusion Beats. Looks for A/W ’17   For A/W ’17 season Fusion Beats will... Read more

Homegrown brands up their game as MNCs spread wings

Homegrown brands up their game as MNCs spread wings

  Global fashion brands such as H&M, Zara, Forever 21 have been growing their presence in India. Now, in a bid to secure their position, domestic labels such as AND, W, Biba, Mineral, among others ramping up their growth strategy. With a strong understanding of local tastes and purchase habits, domestic brands have a fair ch... Read more

Celebrating a decade of India Couture Week 2017

Celebrating a decade of India Couture Week 2017

  Hosted by Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the just concluded India Couture Week was all about grandeur and glamour to mark its 10th anniversary. With the country’s 14 leading fashion designers showcasing their best creations, the runways were picturesque and the venues lavish. On the first day of the show, Anamik... Read more

Fashion designers patenting designs to fight copies and fakes

Fashion designers patenting designs to fight copies and fakes

  The recently concluded FDCI India Couture Week clearly reflected a trend of Indian designers increasingly moving towards copyright and patenting as there is a growing need to safeguard designs. After Rohit Bal, designers Anju Modi and Anita Dongre have patented their designs from the Couture Week. Copies of designer wear are e... Read more

GST council cuts rate to 5 %, great relief to Indian textile, garment ind…

GST council cuts rate to 5 %, great relief to Indian textile, garment industry

This 5 percent GST rate reduced from 18 per cent announced earlier, will be applicable for job works in apparel, shawls and carpets. Acceding to demands from the industry, The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council decided to reduce the GST rate on all job works related to the textile and apparel sector to 5% from 18%. In case of som... Read more

Amante: Evolving consumer tastes boosts brand growth

Amante: Evolving consumer tastes boosts brand growth

  As apparel choices of modern Indian women widens with fashionable silhouettes entering the wardrobes, she needs lingerie to support her look. Styles like multiway, seamless bras are New Amust haves. “We also see a lot of solution products finding acceptance,” discloses Smita Murarka, Head, Marketing and E-commerce,... Read more

Women’s Wear: Ethnic brands welcome winter with a dash of vibrant colours

Women’s Wear: Ethnic brands welcome winter with a dash of vibrant colours

  To stay ahead of competition and create a niche is a tough job in the crowded women’s ethnic wear market. And to gain market share and establish themselves as preferred brands, manufacturing companies are experimenting with fabrics, colours, cuts and styles. Brand Meera for example, has come up with a massive collection ... Read more

Deal Jeans growth riding on changing mindset

Deal Jeans growth riding on changing mindset

From interesting finishes and unconventional cuts to modern, size-inclusive labels, a lot is happening in the women’s denim jeans segment now Lace-up jeans are making a comeback, frayed and uneven hems with cropped flare are adding the right touch to the casual pair of denim, embroidery is trending with floral designs embracin... Read more

Wazir Textile Index reflects stagnation in textile & apparel exports …

Wazir Textile Index reflects stagnation in textile & apparel exports in FY17

  In order to assess the overall financial performance of Indian textile sector on a continuous basis, Wazir Advisors has developed the Wazir Textile Index (WTI). This index gives the collective performance of select top 10 listed textile companies (by sales) of 2015-16 as the base/benchmark, represented by the base Index number... Read more

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HyperCity to turn profitable this fiscal year

Shoppers Stop subsidiary departmental stores chain Hypercity is aiming to be profitable by FY19. Shoppers Stop customer service associa... Read more

Shoppers Stop looks at 12 per cent sales growth in 2017-18

Leading retailer Shoppers Stop is looking at 12 per cent sales growth in 2017-18 year and focusing on improving profitability. Shoppers... Read more

Century Yarn and Century Denim sold to Wearit Global for Rs 2.51 cr

Birla Century Yarn and Century Denim units were sold for a paltry sum of just Rs 2.51 crores ($0.3million) to Wearit Global. In a discl... Read more

India’s branded apparel market lures many new global brands

The success of Zara and H&M are now luring top brands from Russia to Brazil to tap the growing market for western fashion products ... Read more

Flipkart's products are now available to global customers

Flipkart has launched a global programme that allows sellers to sell to customers globally along with eBay. With an investment of $500 ... Read more

Helios opens outlet at Mumbai airport

Helios, luxury watch brand from Titan, has opened a store at Mumbai’s international airport. The offerings at the store is primar... Read more

India’s leather business drops by half

The Indian leather industry has seen a 50 per cent drop in business. Reason: appreciating rupee. The country has lost competitiveness b... Read more

Undercolors introduces its first active wear range in India

United Colors of Benetton, the leading Italian fashion brand is introducing first active wear collection in the country. The collection... Read more

Voonik aims at doubling revenues this year

Fashion etailer Voonik’s revenues are split equally between men’s and women’s catalogues. In men’s, the big cat... Read more

Amante’s Amazon boosts business in India

Lingerie advertisements were a taboo in India for a long time. However, there has been a positive shift in mindset of Indians. And bran... Read more

Bespocut launches platform for fashion designers in India

With the aim of bringing art and technology together, “Bespocut” an international clothing brand recently launched in India... Read more

Monte Carlo eyes expansion with focus on all-season apparel

Monte Carlo Fashions, best known for its winter-wear collections, is looking to expand its product line in order to be known as an all-... Read more

Narendra Kumar showcases ‘The Marriage of Shayla Patel’ on final day of LFW

Top designer Narendra Kumar unveiled his collection ‘The Marriage of Shayla Patel’ along with a short film inspired by the ... Read more

Retailers grow sales but battle with profits in June quarter

Listed retailers have struggled with their bottom line in the first quarter despite rising sales, as discounts were advanced to clear s... Read more

Toonz Retail plans to expand its market in 2017

With the introduction of new categories and aiming to capture a larger share in kids’ segment, Toonz Retail is now looking at maj... Read more

Rapper Badshah to launch clothing line ‘Badfit’

Known for numbers like “Mercy”, “DJ Waley Babu” and “Chull” among many other, rapper Badshah is now... Read more

Crocs expanding in India, opens store in Jaipur

US footwear brand, Crocs, has started a retail expansion drive in India. As a part of this drive, the brand opened a store at MGF Metro... Read more

IMG Reliance's unique initiative 'Restart Fashion'

IMG Reliance's unique initiative 'Restart Fashion' focused on sustainability at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017. The... Read more

V-Mart reports a 39 per cent increase in operations revenue in Q1

V-Mart’s Q1 operations revenue went up 39 per cent while EBITDA is up 107 per cent. Profits after tax went up 139 per cent for Q1... Read more

Uniqlo revises India plans

Uniqlo’s entry into India may be delayed by up to two years. The brand was planning to open stores in India in 2018. Uniqlo, bas... Read more

Phoenix plans second Pune mall

Phoenix will set up a second mall at Pune, which will be spread over a million sq ft. Phoenix is a Mumbai-based mall operator. The com... Read more

Miniso of Japan enters India

Japan’s low-cost retail chain Miniso is opening a store in New Delhi. Founded in 2013, Miniso positions itself as a lifestyle bra... Read more

Designer brings Chitravali alive in Lakme Fashion Week

Textile designer Gaurang presents a Chitravali collection in Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017. Chitravali stands for painted pano... Read more

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