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South India Garment Fair: Optimum solutions for garment manufacturers

South India Garment Fair: Optimum solutions for garment manufacturers

In 2020, the South India Garment Fair will complete 25 years of existence. The fair, which started in small hotels, has grown in terms of space occupied. This year, the fair held from July 30 to 31 at the Palace Ground in Bengaluru, was spread over 50,000 sq. ft. with around 90 stalls. Anurag Singhla, Vice President and Convener of the event noted,... Read more

29th GTE: Bigger space, better exhibits attract more visitors

29th GTE: Bigger space, better exhibits attract more visitors

The 29th edition of the Garment Technology Expo, one of India's largest events for apparel technology, received a tremendous response from exhibitors and visitors alike. The show, held from August 2 to 4, 2019 at Gandhinagar, was attended by stakeholders from Gujarat and neighboring states. Owners, CEOs, MDs and production heads of garment companie... Read more

Jockey India aims for steady growth with new launches

Jockey India aims for steady growth with new launches

In order to make retail partners and clients aware of its range of outwear, menswear brand Jockey India, participated in the recent National Garment Fair for the first time. “Platforms like these help us meet not only retailers and distributors but also end-consumers,” explained Ritesh Kumar, Sr RSM. The brand, which recently launched N... Read more

Demand attracts many brands to women’s denim segment

Demand attracts many brands to women’s denim segment

Demand for denim wear is growing among women globally, as a recent study by NPD Group done among US women revealed US women purchased 22 million more jeans in 2018 than in 2017. In India too, jeans have gained popularity amongst women of all ages, shapes and sizes because of their comfort, functional aspects and durability. Women comfortable with w... Read more

Brands explore new strategies to make the most of omnichannel retail

Brands explore new strategies to make the most of omnichannel retail

Though six out of ten consumers use at least one digital channel for their shopping of apparels and garments, retailers still value the importance of physical stores. This is leading to the adoption of a combination of physical stores with digital channels to provide customers with wider choice. A recent Apparel Omnichannel Survey of more than 3,00... Read more

‘NGF has grown in stature over the years,’ says CMAI President Rahul Meht…

‘NGF has grown in stature over the years,’ says CMAI President Rahul Mehta

The 69th edition of National Garment Fair, held from July 15 to 18, 2019, at the Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai hosted over 1,000 exhibitors representing around 1,100 brands. “This is a huge growth from the first NGF which had only 17 participants,” says Rahul Mehta, President, CMAI-organiser of the fair. Terming this entire journey a... Read more

Fashion retailers record a dip in sales for second consecutive quarter

Fashion retailers record a dip in sales for second consecutive quarter

Its slowdown for some of the biggest fashion retailers in India as retail giants like Pantaloons, Brand Factory, Shoppers Stop, Central and V-Mart reported less than 7 per cent same store sales growth (SSG) during the first quarter of FY 2019-20. In Q1, SSG was lower than the 9 per cent reported in Q4 of last financial year. Sector experts attribut... Read more

LIVA ventures into saree category at the Kolkata Fashion Expo

LIVA ventures into saree category at the Kolkata Fashion Expo

LIVA, the new age fabric from the Aditya Birla Group, forayed into the Saree category by launching a new collection at the recently-held Kolkata Fashion Expo. Sponsored and presented by LIVA, the event featured a fashion show displaying LIVA fabrics along with a loungewear collection by the Value Chain Partners. Indian celebrity and fashionista Ma... Read more

New brands queer the pitch for unorganised players

New brands queer the pitch for unorganised players

Women’s ethnic wear has always been the prima donna of the women’s wear segment, sitting smugly in its invincible hold over Indian women. However, hard western wear might be trying to make inroads into the women’s fashion, Indians have always been, and will be traditionalists at heart. Ethnic wear will always cut across all geogra... Read more

Kidswear to evolve with a well-structured approach

Kidswear to evolve with a well-structured approach

Kidswear is evolving into an independent segment with brands adopting cool and vibrant designs in their collections. “Brands are following the right trends and carefully choosing their color combinations,” says Sohail Patca, Director, Ruff. The brand adorns its street smart garments with funky detailing, cool prints and bright colors in... Read more

Pretty Secrets answers Indian women’s inner wear needs

Pretty Secrets answers Indian women’s inner wear needs

Indian women are waking up to the fact that buying lingerie is part of the essential shopping basket list and not a luxury item to be splurged on sometimes when purse strings are loose. Brands are now focusing on understanding their customer base and the varied similarities and differences across different geographies and psychographic backgrounds.... Read more

Parx launches sports-inspired collection for the energetic youth

Parx launches sports-inspired collection for the energetic youth

Parx, a casual wear brand known for its attitude and vibrancy has launched its autumn/winter 2019 collection. Right from its inception in 1999, the brand has been the preferred choice of customers in the casual wear segment with continuous innovations and international trends and styling. It is positioned to meet the consumer needs for "beyond work... Read more

Structured approach, organic materials help brands achieve sustainability…

Structured approach, organic materials help brands achieve sustainability goals

The fashion world is becoming organic with both big and small-scale fashion retailers, such as H&M, Wills Lifestyle, W and Akira Ming, opting for organic materials, natural dyes and designs to minimise wastage. For example, in February 2019, ITC owned fashion retailer WLS (formerly Wills Lifestyle) announced that henceforth all its garments wil... Read more

Latin Quarters clocks-in growth with trendy line, affordable prices, reta…

Latin Quarters clocks-in growth with trendy line, affordable prices, retail spread

A woman’s lifestyle brand, Latin Quarters aims to add denim dresses, shirts and jump suits to its AW 19 collection alongwith the regular evening dresses and tops. “We will use a lot of cotton viscose base, rayon as well as laces in this collection,” informs SaurabhJhingam, Director of the brand. “The collection will also inc... Read more

Wedding industry glows with new opportunities for designers

Wedding industry glows with new opportunities for designers

December has always been traditionally known as the month of weddings. It was the period when extended family and members of the Indian diaspora assembled to celebrate joyous moments together. However, now, tastes are changing, and weddings are being held the whole year-round. This along with the growing population of youth, increasing income and u... Read more

Harmonizing retail the new way to balance offline-online sales

Harmonizing retail the new way to balance offline-online sales

Over the last few years, India’s retail industry has revolutionised at a breakneck pace with digital disruptions redefining the sector with its cutting edge technologies. Gone are the days when the local kirana stores or the roadside clothes shops were considered the ultimate shopping destination. The rise of online shopping portals over the ... Read more

Ethnic brand Yufta aims high with a fivefold growth this year

Ethnic brand Yufta aims high with a fivefold growth this year

Brand’s Yufta’s A/W 19 collection incorporates gold prints on bottoms. “This is a new innovation not yet been explored by anyone,” says Ravi Khandelwal, Co-Founder of the brand. The collection offers two ranges: morning dresses and evening dresses. “The range of morning dresses is comfortable, light and subtle as women... Read more

Menswear becomes smart with new design and color trends

Menswear becomes smart with new design and color trends

Marian Park, Fashion Editor, WGSN sets out key trends for menswear for the season. As per Park trends are full of contradictions. While tailoring is slouchy, streetwear is refined. The continuous adoption of new trends is creating a smart and casual menswear that is not only versatile but also of utmost value to consumers. The key menswear prints,... Read more

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12 mantras to maintain brand competitiveness in tough times

12 mantras to maintain brand competitiveness in tough times

A visionary academic leader and persuasive administrator, Professor Dr Darlie O Koshy is well known for transforming several educational institutions like the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad where he served... Read more

‘We are focusing strongly on the innerwear category’

‘We are focusing strongly on the innerwear category’

Kavindra Mishra, Managing Director, India Business and Asia Pacific, Pepe Jeans, speaks exclusively to DFU Publications about the brand, its initiatives and the global denim industry. What is Pepe Jean’s mission... Read more

‘CMAI needs to take a leap into the next level’: Rahul Mehta

‘CMAI needs to take a leap into the next level’: Rahul Mehta

Rahul Mehta has been unanimously re-elected the President of Clothing Manufacturers Association of India popularly known as CMAI for the year 2018 - 2020. Under his leadership, CMAI has been growing leaps and bounds. He ... Read more

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Indian consumers get online discounts every day

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Speedo begin e-tailing in India

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Bebe launches first store in Ahmedabad

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Salt Attire opens first offline store in Gurugram

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Fashion label Mehrotra launches first collection

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Casualwear brand kurtis.com to foray into kidswear

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Walmart may partner with Tata to strengthen distribution network

Walmart may use Tata’s distribution network to expand its wholesale operations in India. The partnership will allow Walmart to ex... Read more

Classic Polo plans to add 65 EBOs

Classic Polo will open 65 new exclusive branded outlets this fiscal. As of now, the men’s wear brand from Tirupur operates 135 ex... Read more

Bhumi Pednekar is brand ambassador for Raisin

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LFW becomes inclusive with discussions on circular fashion, technology and …

Lakme Fashion Week winter/festive will be held in Mumbai, August 21 to 25, 2019. The five-day fashion event will also include conversat... Read more

Winner of Circular Design Challenge to participate in Lakme Fashion Week

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Jayanti Reddy to showcase ethnic collection at Lakme Fashion Week

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Retailers look forward to festive sales

Amazon and Flipkart expect a 40 per cent hike in consumer traffic during the Navratri-Diwali period. Festive orders from such e-taile... Read more

Shoppers Stop opens store in Noida presents new experience

This is the large format retailer’s fourth store in Noida, 14th in Delhi NCR and the 84th in the country. Shoppers Stop’s n... Read more

Designer Shilpi Gupta opens first store with a new collection

Designer Shilpi Gupta opened her first flagship store in New Delhi. Spread over 1,800 sq. ft, Gupta’s first store in New Delhi wi... Read more

ABFRL awarded for Best IBP Process in apparels industry

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Allen Solly launches campaign for new denim range

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