Street Le­gal Cloth­ing to start fab­ric sourc­ing from In­dia

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Street Le­gal Cloth­ing (a di­vi­sion of 3532534 Canada Ltd.), a two decades old im­port house, will start sourc­ing fab­ric from In­dia and also restart its gar­ment sourc­ing from Tirupur. The com­pany, very strong in sourc­ing of uni­forms, work­wear, sports­wear and hunt­ing jack­ets, is sourc­ing from Bangladesh, In­dia, China and Cam­bo­dia for Canada mar­ket. With a busi­ness of US $ 8 bil­lion, the com­pany also has its of­fice in Delhi at present and works with three ven­dors from In­dia.

Ravi Verma, VP of the com­pany, shared with Ap­parel On­line,

“We im­port fab­ric from China but now we are into the process to iden­tify some In­dian sup­pli­ers, so that we will be able to im­port cot­ton and Polyester Cot­ton (PC) blend fab­ric from In­dia, and will get cut and stitch done in Bangladesh. Ini­tially, it will be for a Cana­dian re­tail chain store that is look­ing for uni­forms from us. And his or­der sizes are also good enough.”

Talk­ing about Tirupur, Ravi stated that it is a re­ally im­por­tant sourc­ing des­ti­na­tion for him but from last few years, they are not sourc­ing pri­mar­ily from there be­cause Tirupur has to pay duty while ex­port­ing to Canada. How­ever, he has plans to start sourc­ing again from Tirupur if the man­u­fac­tur­ers based there are able to match with the prices of­fered by the Bangladesh fac­to­ries. Ravi puts it sim­ple, “They have to man­age the cost­ing if they have to sur­vive.”

With ref­er­ence to the growth of his im­ports busi­ness, Ravi briefed that it is tak­ing place but at a slower pace. “Pric­ing is

If prices are okay, we can source mil­lions of pieces, oth­er­wise we are forced to source only 2,000 to 3,000 pieces per style.

very tight es­pe­cially in our part of the world. North Amer­ica is strug­gling on price is­sue which makes pric­ing the key point. We are try­ing to work with ver­ti­cal units so that profit does not split and we get ad­van­tage of com­plete in-house pro­duc­tion while get­ting ben­e­fit on the price is­sue. If prices are okay, we can source mil­lions of pieces, oth­er­wise we are forced to source only 2,000 to 3,000 pieces per style,” said a thought­ful

Ravi, and fur­ther added that in terms of ba­sic prod­ucts like men’s shirts and Tees, they do 1,00,000 pieces. Hence, ac­cord­ing to him, quan­ti­ties are there but man­u­fac­tur­ers have to be sharp enough.

Ravi Verma, VP, Street Le­gal Cloth­ing

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