We will be gathering together this month for the 2016 edition of the India Fashion Forum (IFF), India’s biggest fashion sourcing, trends, design and retail business event. The mega fashion congregation presented by Exclusively.com will witness international and national brands, business heads, global retail analysts, trend forecast giants and leading designers from the textile and ingredients, fashion creation and fashion retail industries under one roof, to share and outline their strategies to optimise the future of the business.
This year, through the 7-agents of change namely Intuitive Tech, Intelligent Resourcing, Seamless Experience, Brand Alive, Human Connect, Open Thought and Alpha Brandsters, the two- day event will house an incredible mix of iconic global and Indian speakers delivering keynotes and conducting conferences, master-classes, workshops, sourcing exhibitions, globally-aligned design and trend displays to a large inclusive audience across fashion and retail.
We will also be privileged to have with us this year exclusive speakers from three fashion capitals— Billie Whitehouse, Co-Founder of Wearable Experiments, and Innovator Designer and Creator of Fundawear (NEW YORK); Agnès Kubiak, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Style-Vision (PARIS); and Anupreet Bhui, Senior Editor – Street Style and Trend Specialist, WGSN (HONG KONG).
n light of the days of heady deliberations that lie ahead, it is indeed most apt that the cover story of this issue is “The Top 10 Challenges facing Fashion Retailers in India.” This helps identify which exactly are the top-issues before the industry. We also wish to thank all the fashion retailers who participated in the study. We hope the study helps in putting perspective and priority on the issues.
he Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Parliament on Feb. 29, 2016, evoked mixed reactions from the fashion industry. We capture the essence of the voices that were heard. Sanjay Vakharia, COO, Spykar, expresses how GST will lead to a rise in economic growth of the country. Read things about H&M that you may not have known. Also read about Tantra’s new store in Malaysia and Max’s millennial fashion outlet. We take an overview of the background and what’s the lastest in Khadi, our very own indigenous fabric. And we continue our exploration of Gujarat as a leader of fashion, in which, this time, we look at the textile majors.
he Sportswear International section showcases the best of fashion in 2015 and also looks at some immortal British classics.
This and lots more in the issue. Hope you enjoy going through it.