Changing fashion trends in North India have adversely affected the fabric manufacturing industry in Amritsar, according to sources. There are over 300 fabric manufacturing units in Amritsar, which employ over 10 lakh people. Most of these units produce suit lengths for women.
Mumbai-based Secret Wardrobe is India's first online rental service for designer wear. Secret Wardrobe, founded by Jessica Gupta in 2011, offers an exclusive range of bridal wear for hire, for both men and women in Mumbai. Customers are also welcome to try out the outfits at Secret Wardrobe’s Santa Cruz boutique before renting them.
The world of manufacturing has taken note of 3D printing as a potentially disruptive technology that could revolutionize the industry. It promises to change the dynamics of the industry, slowly but surely. It will be interesting to see how small scale manufacturers can harness this exciting new technology. At the same time, 3D printing technology promises to take manufacturing to the desktop and instigate the beginning of the ‘personal manufacturing’ boom. This has repercussions for the low-volume manufacturers.
Neha Hatalkar’s passion for fashion jewellery inspired her to start Darpan, a Pune-based jewellery store, about two years ago. After Darpan’s humble beginning from her home, ‘friends became customers, and customers became friends’, as Neha says, and business flourished. Now, Neha is the proud owner of a retail outlet at Pune’s Regent Plaza.
International brands and designers are foraying into the Indian market with full force, but the trend is harmless for local designers in the country, feels Jeffrey Doltis, owner of Italian fashion brand 40 Savile House, which opened shop In India in 2011.
Pakistan's fashion fraternity has welcomed India and Pakistan's decision to open more trade routes and hope to expand their reach by collaborating with Indian wholesalers, brands and opening retail outlets in the country.
They travelled from Pakistan to India with limited stock, and an aim to explore the fashion market. However, designers from across the border who participated in the Lifestyle Pakistan Expo here packed up their bags with good business and fond memories of the nation.