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LFW Summer Resort 2020: Celebrates fashion with sustainability

LFW Summer Resort 2020: Celebrates fashion with sustainability

Mumbai hosted the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020 from February 12 to 16. An exuberant celebration of fashion this edition showcased an amazing level of creativity from eccentric summer prints on easy-breezy silhouettes to sinuously embellished velvety lehengas. This year, Lakme Fashion Week completed 20-years and to celebrate this milesto... Read more

Focusing on innerwear and activewear, Artimas Fashions aims to launch man…

Focusing on innerwear and activewear, Artimas Fashions aims to launch many brands

After working as a brand consultant for two decades, Nischal Puri launched Artimas Fashions in collaboration with popular Kolkata-based hosiery manufacturer Lux Industries. His aim was to build an aspirational brand for the youth which led to the inception of Artimas Fashions in early 2019 with an investment of Rs 7 crore. Creating brand awareness... Read more

Uniqlo to strengthen Indian presence with new stores, products and initia…

Uniqlo to strengthen Indian presence with new stores, products and initiatives

Despite its Indian debut happening at a difficult time, Japanese retailer Uniqlo received a warm welcome with around 400 people lining up at its store on its opening day. The store made business worth Rs 2.2 crore within a few days of opening which further inspired it to launch a second store a month later. Undeterred by the challenging environment... Read more

CMAI announces a new initiative, Vendor Sourcing Fair

CMAI announces a new initiative, Vendor Sourcing Fair

A new initiative of the CMAI, the Vendor Sourcing Fair will be held at the Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai from April 22-23, 2020. “This fair will facilitate vendorship business between the buyers and sellers. Only those buyers who buy under their own label will be allowed,” says Rahul Mehta, Chief Mentor, CMAI. Many brand owners in the SME ... Read more

Winter sales high this year aided by a cold winter

Winter sales high this year aided by a cold winter

Aided by the chilly weather, winter wear sales have jumped 15 to 20 per cent in north India. Winter apparel is driving sales in north India from December, a welcome change from subdued consumer sentiments that prevailed earlier in 2019. Sportswear brand Puma witnessed 40 per cent growth in sales of jackets and sweatshirts. Over the last two weekend... Read more

Bombay Dyeing targets revenue of Rs 500 crores in 2020

Bombay Dyeing targets revenue of Rs 500 crores in 2020

Bombay Dyeing is eyeing revenue of Rs 500 crores by 2020. It is betting big on its menswear brand Cezari to drive growth. It currently has 27 company-owned stores, 3,000 multi-brand stores and over 400 franchise stores across India. The company reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 162 crores for the December quarter as against a net loss of Rs ... Read more

Oxemberg launches two new denim ranges

Oxemberg launches two new denim ranges

The entry of global brands in Indian markets has changed the branded RMG segment. Gone are the days when clothes were made in plain and basic styles and were available in limited colors. “Now, they are available in a variety of fabrics, textures, shades, styles and patterns,” says Prashant Awasthi, Marketing Head, Oxemberg which recentl... Read more

Innovations, meeting consumer needs boost Indian swimwear brands

Innovations, meeting consumer needs boost Indian swimwear brands

With increasing health consciousness and more people indulging in water related activities, India’s swimwear segment is witnessing a huge growth with growing demand for various styles and colors across all age groups. Earlier, swimwear was considered the exclusive apparel of professional swimmers. But easy accessibility to resorts, beaches a... Read more

Aditya Birla to open 150 stores

Aditya Birla to open 150 stores

Store expansion is a key focus area for Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail. Some 150 stores will be opened in this quarter alone. The company has a network of 2,999 stores in India, along with 6,200 point of sales in department stores across the country. Strong demand during the wedding season in October and November followed by severe winter in part... Read more

Birla Century targets profits through brands and exports businesses

Birla Century targets profits through brands and exports businesses

Offering a wide range of premium textiles including bottom weights, suitings, finer fabrics, and household linen since 1897, Birla Century now aims to focus on its brands and export businesses.“We aim to shift 60 per cent of our business to brands and exports in the next two years. For this, we plan to move away from the trader segment to OTC... Read more

Bodycare to improve brand performance with new collections, retail channe…

Bodycare to improve brand performance with new collections, retail channels

The soon to be launched lingerie range from Bodycare Creations will focus on the needs of modern woman. “We will add new patterns such demi-cups to our existing bra range besides experimenting with new light and pastel colors,” notes Sanjay Dawar, Director of the brand. The fabric for this collection will mostly be cotton “As it p... Read more

Experiential retail, big data, technology, social commerce will drive Ind…

Experiential retail, big data, technology, social commerce will drive Indian retail

Over the last few years, retail has emerged as one of the most vigorous and fast-paced industries in India with retailers using latest technologies and new generation tools like data analytics, social commerce, CRM solutions, etc. Indeed traditional and unorganised retail formats continue to dominate the Indian retail market. However, organised ret... Read more

Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED): Enhancing global competitiveness of Indian…

Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED): Enhancing global competitiveness of Indian MSME

An independent third party inspection service company, RSJ Inspection works as a quality control partner for securing Indian imports. The company was recently accredited as the rating agency for the zero defect initiative (ZED) launched by the Indian government. Sarath Chandran, Director of the company elaborates on this initiative.  The Zero... Read more

Reverse integration helps Curve Garments boost turnover, control quality …

Reverse integration helps Curve Garments boost turnover, control quality and prices

While some brands directly purchase garments from vendors, others buy fabrics which they convert into garments. Curve Garments’ manufacturing process begins with purchasing yarns, converting them into fabrics and processing them. “This helps us reduce the MRPs of our products besides boosting turnover. It also helps in providing a good ... Read more

Mustang’s new collection helps it to remain on the top of the game

Mustang’s new collection helps it to remain on the top of the game

Inspired by the beach and other summer activities, like cycling and gymnastics Mustang’s Spring/Summer ’20 collection focuses on cool color patterns. “Comprising a variety of socks like ankle and short length, techno-driven and health socks, this collection reflects summer breeziness through its innovative designs and prints,&rdqu... Read more

Budget 2020 for Textile & Clothing: What industry leaders have to say…

Budget 2020 for Textile & Clothing: What industry leaders have to say…

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union 2020-21, on Saturday, February 1, 2020. The Budget addressed following important points related to textile, apparel and fashion industry: • Anti-dumping duty on PTA abolished • National Technical Textiles Mission to be set up • Review of Rules of Origin in FTAs • Schemes... Read more

Raisin curates effortless and free-flowing pieces in its new collection

Raisin curates effortless and free-flowing pieces in its new collection

Called ‘Banthan’ the Spring/Summer collection from Raisin is all about curated pieces of effortless and free-flowing garments. “Inspired by summer escapades, sand and urban nomads, this collection is an ode to the dunes and its lively culture. It salutes the long history of brand’s handiworks,” says Vikash Pacheriwal, ... Read more

HRX: ‘Our plan is to be present across at least five new categories this …

HRX: ‘Our plan is to be present across at least five new categories this year’

The upcoming collection of HRX focuses on activities like running, training and yoga. “Along with mainstay activewear, we have also launched our first-ever outdoor, basketball and football ranges,” notes Pallavi Burman, Head-Marketing and Operations of the brand. The collection is designed with lighter fabrics for comfortable and fast p... Read more

SIYARAM’S CUP – BRINGING THE LIVES OF PASSIONATE PEOPLE TO LIVES

SIYARAM’S CUP – BRINGING THE LIVES OF PASSIONATE PEOPLE TO LIVES

Siyaram’s, one of India’s largest textile brands in men’s fashion for over 4 decades, has associated with the Blind Welfare Organisation since past 3 years to salute the passion of the blind for cricket by organising an Inter-State level Blind Cricket Cup called “Siyaram’s Cup”. This event is being held annually.... Read more

Manyavar outpaces rivals with new advertising blitz

Manyavar outpaces rivals with new advertising blitz

Outpacing many fashion giants like Zara, H&M, Levi’s, ethnic-wear brand-Manyavar is on its way to become the most profitable apparel brand in India. In FY 19, the brand recorded net earnings of Rs 182 crore. Moreover, over the last five years, the brand grew at a CAGR of 20 per cent to record revenues of Rs 820 crore in FY19. More focus ... Read more

Having made a mark in India, Raymond now eyes the global market

Having made a mark in India, Raymond now eyes the global market

In the 1970’s, Raymond decided to shift focus from product promotion to brand-building. In the last 50 years, the premium menswear manufacturer has created a brand that would stay in the minds of generations to come. Starting as a vertically and horizontally integrated manufacturer of textiles, Raymond has now transformed into a major lifesty... Read more

Mufti to double revenue in five years

Mufti to double revenue in five years

Mufti aims at doubling revenue in the next five years. The fashion brand which has been growing around 12 per cent a year aims at 15 per cent growth rate in the coming years. Mufti will open larger stores in the country going forward as it looks to increase the product portfolio. An average Mufti store today is 700 sq ft. The new stores will rang... Read more

Customisation gains value as 16 Stitches sets up first brick and mortar s…

Customisation gains value as 16 Stitches sets up first brick and mortar store

“Every emerging economy goes through a phase when people move towards customised clothing, the same is happening in India,” says Punit Chokhani, Co-founder of 16 stitches which recently set up its first offline store in Mumbai. “The concept of made to measure is catching up due to increased consciousness amongst people about what ... Read more

TT eyes product and retail expansion

TT eyes product and retail expansion

Starting off in the ’70 as men’s innerwear brand, TT gradually expanded its product basket to include women’s and kids innerwear. Over the last few years, the brand launched a casual wear sub-brand ‘Hi-Flyer’ which it now plans to expand by adding new products. “This will help us deliver value to our customers,&r... 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 focus more on energy: Kantar

A report by global research agency Kantar says, energy is the prime currency that consumers in India focus on, even more than time and ... Read more

Uttar Pradesh promotes khadi, signs up Raymond for fabric supply

Uttar Pradesh is giving a major push to khadi. The aim is to generate nearly 1,00,000 job opportunities. The government is likely to si... Read more

H&M Group plans to bring fashion label ‘Cos’ to India

After opening about four dozen outlets of its flagship H&M, Swedish fashion house H&M Group now plans to bring another fashion ... Read more

Flipkart to penetrate Tier II cities with cheaper deals

E-commerce platform Flipkart is looking to focus on Tier II cities with value play instead of delivery speed, taking a long-term view o... Read more

Future Lifestyle Fashions’ net profit declines by 8.3%

The consolidated net profit of Future Lifestyle Fashions declined by 8.3 per cent to Rs 59.20 crore in Q3 December 2019) as against Rs ... Read more

SS Homme rebrands itself, changes name to Sarah & Sandeep

SS Homme will now be known as Sarah & Sandeep. The new name represents the designer duo at the helm of the brand operations, Sarah ... Read more

Lux Industries Q3 net profit up 40 per cent

For the third quarter Lux Industries’ net profit increased 40 per cent. The company’s revenue for the quarter grew seven pe... Read more

Fred Perry opens first India store in Delhi

The 68-year-old sports and casual-wear brand Fred Perry has opened its first store in Delhi. The store launches the brand’s S/S 2... Read more

Reliance Trends presents the Gen Next Alumni at the Lakmé Fashion Week

Reliance Trends presented the Gen Next programme at the ongoing Lakmé Fashion Week that has encouraged premier design talent, me... Read more

House of Masaba launches new pop-up in Jaipur

The House of Masaba has launched a pop-up shop for its latest collections in Jaipur. The popup was set up in collaboration with multi-b... Read more

Snapdeal opens new logistic centers

E-commerce marketplace for value products, Snapdeal has opened 15 new logistics centers at the industrial clusters located in 10 cities... Read more

Spencer’s Retail works on store profitability

Spencer’s Retail is working on store profitability. Three loss-making stores have shut. The Kolkata-based company currently has a... Read more

New Delhi to host Vibrant India in August

Vibrant India will be held in New Delhi, August 22 to 24, 2020. The event aims at helping brands grow their businesses and expand their... Read more

Streetwear brand Rowdy Wear partners Myntra for online retail

Rowdy Wear, owned by actor Vijay Deverakonda has partnered Myntra to sell on the retail platform. With this partnership, Rowdy Wear is ... Read more

Women’s brand Imara signs on Kareena Kapoor as brand ambassador

Kareena Kapoor Khan is the new brand ambassador for Imara, a women’s ethnic wear brand. Imara is a part of Universal Sportsbiz&rs... Read more

Pure Sobo shopping event in Mumbai

Pure Sobo will hold a shopping event in Mumbai, March 21, 2020. The aim is to celebrate spring fashion in the city and showcase 50 bran... Read more

LFW to hold live final for Circular Design Challenge

Lakmé Fashion Week will hold a live final for its Circular Design Challenge on Thursday. At the final, the jury will asses live ... Read more

Trent’s Q3 net profit up 38 per cent

For the third quarter Trent’s standalone net profit grew 38 per cent. Revenue from operations jumped 32.5 per cent. There was a 1... Read more

Royal Enfield accessories business to spread wings beyond Indian shores

Royal Enfield is eyeing international markets, particularly in Europe and the Asia Pacific region to grow its nearly five-year-old appa... Read more

Ritu Beri launches new collection in collaboration with Tribes India

Women’s wear designer Ritu Beri launched her latest collection ‘The Naga Narrative’ on the runway at the 34 thSurajku... Read more

Rupa’s Q3 net profit up 70 per cent

For the third quarter Rupa’s net profit jumped 70 per cent. Revenue for the quarter rose six per cent. Knitwear major Rupa which ... Read more

Monte Carlo Fashions’s Q3 net profit declines 4 per cent

Monte Carlo Fashions saw a 4 per cent slump in its net profit to Rs 72 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2019, as against ... Read more

Sabyasachi Mukherjee celebrates plus size fashion

Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee is celebrating plus size fashion in his new collection. The campaign is part of a wider movement to be mo... Read more

Kolkata Fabric Expos in June

Kolkata Fabric Expo will be from held June 13 to 14, 2020. The trade show will provide a common platform for textile and accessories ma... Read more

Government to introduce new tax model

The government plans to introduce a prepaid tax and customs model for cross-border transactions, a move that could make buying products... Read more

Q3 of Liberty Shoes increases by 19 per cent

Liberty Shoes plans massive retail expansion which includes the opening of 50 new stores. The brand currently has 400 flagship stores a... Read more

Shoppers Stop opens 90th store in India

Shoppers Stop recently opened its 90th store in India with a outlet in Hyderabad. The new store spread over 30,000 sq ft has brought to... Read more

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