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Fashion's Fabric Reimagined: Intex Textile Conclave Unveils a Dynamic Future

21 December 2023, Mumbai

At the heart of Intex India 2023, the Textile Conclave wove a captivating narrative for fashion's future. From December 7th to 8th, industry leaders, experts, and enthusiasts converged, reimagining the very fibers of fashion.

Shifting DNA: "Fibres of Fashion" set the stage. Sanjay Chawla, DFU founder, declared, "Fashion drives fibers now!" His "New Consumer Narrative" emphasized tailoring the supply chain to evolving choices, both aesthetic and ethical.

Mapping the Landscape: The "Fibres of Change" session explored India's fiber market on a global canvas. Sanjay Jain highlighted strategic shifts like cotton-polyester blends for sustainability.

The Cutting Edge: A lively panel delved into future fibers, Dr. Deepti Gupta moderating the debate on whether traditional yarns stand a chance. The verdict? Innovation holds the key to meeting changing demands and sustainability concerns.

Fusion Fabric: A captivating discussion explored how blending fibers creates fabrics with enhanced aesthetics, performance, and luxury. From sportswear to activewear, the possibilities seem endless.

Building Bridges: Vijay Mathur, DG & CEO of ATDC, praised the conclave as a platform for collaboration. Dr. Gupta reinforced the need for collective action, while Sanjiv Mehan of Nimble echoed the sentiment, calling it "enlightening" and leaving him "motivated to contribute."

AI Revolution at the Loom: Day two explored the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence. Vedant Ahluwalia, MD of Dataviv, declared, "Embrace AI for sustainable growth!"

In essence, the Intex Textile Conclave was more than a forum; it was a tapestry woven with insights, innovations, and aspirations. From consumer-centric narratives to AI-powered revolutions, the discussions challenged and inspired, leaving participants with a renewed vision for the textiles of tomorrow.

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NITRA Crowned Top 5 Innovative Institutes in India Again by CII

20 December 2023, Mumbai

Driving Textile Advancement with R&D

The Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) has cemented its position as a true pioneer in textile innovation, securing a coveted spot among the Top 5 Innovative Institutes in India for the year 2023, as recognized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the nation's premier industry association.

This prestigious honor marks NITRA's second consecutive year topping the CII's prestigious list, solidifying its unwavering commitment to research and development (R&D) that propels the textile and apparel industry forward.

Beacon light

NITRA's dedication to pushing boundaries is evident in its unwavering focus on technical textiles, unconventional natural fibers, and sustainability.

Its impressive track record speaks volumes, with nearly all its groundbreaking developments finding successful commercialization. This unwavering commitment to translating innovation into tangible benefits resonates across the textile and apparel landscape, driving positive change and propelling the industry towards a more sustainable future.

Backbone to the industry

"For us at NITRA, innovation is not just a word; it's deeply ingrained in our culture," declared the authorities, expressing elation at the recognition. "This acknowledgement by CII serves as a testament to the tireless efforts of our team and reinforces our unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of textile research."

With a relentless focus on R&D and a passion for translating ingenuity into real-world solutions, NITRA is undoubtedly at the forefront of India's textile revolution. Its continuous ascent as a leading innovator is a beacon of inspiration for the entire industry, paving the way for a future where sustainable and cutting-edge textiles take center stage.

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Intimasia & Source NXT: 3 Days of Innovation, Connections, and Growth

31 January 2024, Mumbai

Mumbai's Bombay Exhibition Center buzzed with excitement as the 6th edition of Intimasia & Source NXT concluded (Jan 22-24, 2024). Over 300 brands showcased cutting-edge materials, machinery, and finished products, making it a one-stop shop for the Innerwear, Comfortwear, and Sportswear industry.

Retailers, distributors, and over 15,000 attendees witnessed insightful workshops and talks by industry titans like David Landart and Sunil Pathare. The launch of Lingerie Fashion Week added a touch of glamour, further elevating the event.

Yusuf Dohadwala, the brains behind the event, attributed its success to the team's dedication and a 30% space expansion. Intimasia & Source NXT's next chapter unfolds in Delhi, aiming to attract international buyers and solidify its position as the world's largest trade show in its category.

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Rewind 2023

27 December 2023, Mumbai

The year it was!

2023's storm clouds of inflation, disrupted supply chains, and global economic woes tightened our industry's belt. Yet, amidst the turbulence, glimmers of resilience emerge.

Consumer spending

plunged after advanced economies hiked rates, with US and EU garment imports nosediving. The new minimum wage mandates set for 2024 add further pressure. However, a record holiday sales surge offers a ray of hope.

Rising production costs due to increased electricity, gas, and finance expenses, coupled with the global push for living wages, necessitate price adjustments.

Going forward

To ensure sustainability, we've built bridges with global partners, with some brands already adapting to our changing landscape.

Looking ahead, strategic innovation and open communication with buyers are vital for future investments, expansion, and navigating the uncertainties of tomorrow.

Our pursuit of long-term sustainability requires unwavering collaboration and adaptation, weaving a new path towards resilient horizons.

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The next three decades belong to India

19 December 2023, Mumbai

BRICS+ Fashion Summit: Unmasking the Allure of Indian Style

Colors in Harmony: Zaryadye Park bursts with vibrant sarees and clinking champagne flutes – the BRICS+ Fashion Summit is in session.

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Beyond the Runway:

One session ignites curiosity: "Reverse Pitch: Country Expert Session. India." Forget dusty panels, this dives deep into India's fashion secrets.

Love as Business:

Dr. Gulbash Duggal, fashion education guru, unveils a simple truth: "We are a love-loving people." Not just emotion, but a business mantra. Indian fashion thrives on emotional connections, with passion outweighing fleeting trends. 

"We fall in love with clothes," she admits, revealing a market driven by lasting affection, not fickle fancies.

Marketplace Entry Point:

Akashdeep Singh, the strategic mind, takes the baton. "Marketplaces are your window to India," he declares, pointing to Choupette, a trusted e-commerce giant. He throws down a challenge: "Working with India isn't 'if,' it's 'what will you leave behind?'" 

A subtle shift, replacing doubt with opportunity, is a call to action for fashion pioneers.

Global Collaboration

Sameep Shastri, the visionary, expands the horizon. He urges BRICS+ nations to unite their strengths, each offering unique skills and industries. "Together," he proclaims, "we can create sustainable products that last." This transcends fashion, envisioning a future built on cooperation, not competition.

Sparkling Insights

Moderated by the witty Sanjay Chawla, the session crackles with knowledge. 

He concludes with a bold statement: "The last four decades belonged to China. The next three belong to India." It's not just a prediction; it's a challenge, an invitation to join the rising tide of Indian fashion.

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NGF Jan 2024: Unveiling the Threads of Tomorrow

23 January 2024, Mumbai

Mark your calendars for January 29-31, 2024, as Mumbai gears up for the 78th edition of the National Garment Fair (NGF)! Organized by the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), this biannual event is a must-attend for anyone interested in the pulse of the Indian fashion industry.

Over 950 garment manufacturers and 1120 apparel brands will descend upon the Bombay Exhibition NESCO Complex in Goregaon East, showcasing their latest creations across Women's wear, Men's Wear, Kids wear, and Accessories.

This is your chance to get a sneak peek at upcoming trends, discover hidden gems, and connect with industry leaders.

But NGF is more than just a shopping spree. It's a vital platform for forging connections and sparking innovation. Retailers, agents, distributors, and e-commerce companies come together with national and regional brands, manufacturers, and fashion accessory makers to share insights, forge partnerships, and drive the industry forward.

Expect informative panel discussions, insightful workshops, and trend forecasting sessions that will shed light on the future of fashion. Learn about sustainable practices, explore the rise of technology in clothing, and discover new market opportunities.

Whether you're a seasoned fashionista or just starting your journey in the industry, NGF offers something for everyone.

It's a chance to be inspired, learn, and network with the who's who of Indian fashion. Be a part of shaping its future.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of Indian fashion!

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BRICS+ Fashion Summit 2023: Stitching a New Global Fashion Tapestry

27 December 2023, Mumbai

As global giants wobbled, fashion powerhouses from Asia, Africa, and beyond stitched a new path: "friendshoring." In Moscow, the BRICS+, representing 45% of the world's population, hosted a summit of 130 brands. This vibrant kaleidoscope aimed to rewrite the fashion narrative, not just through trade but through collaboration and inclusivity.

Fashion's $2.5 trillion tapestry saw a bold new stitch. Designers from India, Turkey, South Africa, and beyond saw in this summit a chance to challenge the old order. Cem Altan, President of IAF, envisioned it as a deeper "BRICS transformation," urging these nations to open doors, learn global practices, and stand united.

Key threads in this new weave:

  • Friendshoring: Local brands in Russia, thriving after Western exits, proved the power of regional alliances.
  • Emerging Narratives: Designers from beyond the fashion capitals showcased their unique styles, shaking Western dominance.
  • Sustainable Stitches: Sustainability, a global buzzword, resonated fiercely, with brands exploring eco-friendly practices.

The BRICS+ Fashion Summit wasn't just a runway. It was a revolution, weaving a vision of a more diverse, collaborative, and sustainable fashion future where new threads from emerging markets would rewrite the global tapestry.

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Indian retail industry on the roll

11 December 2023, Mumbai

WHY India

Indian retailers are doubling down on in-store experiences to draw customers in the post-pandemic era. 

They are expanding their retail spaces by 30-50% despite high rental costs, betting on unique and immersive experiences to stand out from the crowd. 

Trick of the trade 

It's not just about attracting foot traffic, but also about converting visitors into loyal buyers. 

Retailers understand that in a $4 trillion economy, success hinges on experiences, not just products.

Data drives the trend:

  • The top 7 Indian cities saw a 3.16 million sq. ft. gross leasing in retail in the first half of 2023, demonstrating consumer confidence and retailer commitment to experiential design.
  • From January to September 2023, retail areas across major cities grew by 4.73 million sq. ft., reflecting the industry's agility in adapting to changing consumer preferences.

Beyond merchandise, experiences take center stage:

Pankaj Renjhen, COO and Joint-MD of Anarock Property Consultants, emphasizes that physical stores are now about engaging the customer, not just displaying products. 

Retailers are not only expanding existing stores but also opening new ones, capitalizing on a booming organized retail market. 

Data -points

CBRE India reports a significant 46% year-on-year growth in retail sector leasing during the January–September period of 2023.

In essence

Indian retailers are embracing a new paradigm, prioritizing experiences over mere merchandise to win the hearts and wallets of today's consumers.

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