64th NGF: A Commendable Feat!
The 64th National Garment Fair—a highly anticipated event in the Apparel Industry— kicked off in grand style. The NGF was held on January 30-31, 2017, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon (E), Mumbai. Kashmira Mirza and Sayoni Bhaduri re
A report on the 64th NGF
As the New Year dawned, it brought fresh hope for the Apparel Industry. The Industry was abuzz with talk about CMAI’s 64th National Garment Fair for a long while and finally, the day dawned. The excitement levels were at an all-time high as the 64th NGF was off to a grand start at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon (E), Mumbai, on January 30, 2017, at 10.45 AM.
Hall No 1 of the Bombay Exhibition Centre was abuzz with activity as the Fair was inaugurated at 10.45 AM by Mr S L Shah, Past President, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India, by lighting the traditional lamp with other members of the CMAI and cutting the ceremonial ribbon. Prior to the inauguration, Mr Rajesh Masand, Vice President, CMAI, spoke a few words and Mr Shah was presented with a bouquet by Mr Rajesh Masand and a shawl by Mr Ashok Shah, Chairman, Fair Sub-Committee. Mr S L Shah spoke about his association with CMAI over the years. He also spoke about the CMAI’s vision over the years and was thankful to the members for giving him this honour of
THE EXCELLENT ORGANISATION AND PLANNING DONE BY THE CMAI WAS VERY EVIDENT; THE EXCITEMENT AMONGST VISITORS WAS PALPABLE, FROM THE START.
inaugurating the event. Post the inauguration, esteemed members of the CMAI, namely Mr Rajesh Masand, Mr Ashok Shah, Mr Rohit Munjal, Joint Chairman, Fair Sub-Committee and others, accompanied Mr Shah as he visited several stalls and interacted with the exhibitors. Mr Shah visited the stalls of Zola, Touch, Chintamani’s NX, Saramai and Aari. Mr Shah spoke exclusively to Apparel and outlined his vision for the Apparel Industry and was optimistic about the future of the Industry.
As with the previous editions of the NGF, this time too, the excellent organisation and planning done by the CMAI was very evident and the excitement amongst the exhibitors and visitors was palpable from the start. No decorations were permitted in the stalls. Menswear, women’s wear and kids’ wear brands participated in this edition of the NGF. There were some first-time participants, as well.
Speaking to Apparel, Madiha Farooq from Asbaab said, “This is the best platform that we have where we come across so many agents and buyers. I think the best people who are very qualified and have huge businesses and multiple stores don’t miss the opportunity to come to such places. It is a platform for us to come across those people whom we look up to but here, they come to us themselves and since we are at this platform of CMAI, they give us importance and look at us as manufacturers and providers and this is how we connected to Pothy’s and Chennai Silks and the best companies here through CMAI. We have been doing this since three years now.”
Pragnesh Shah from Slok said, “We are expecting this Fair to be successful. There is a great chance of customers coming in. We have been participating for the last ten years and there is great advertising as customers from all over India are coming in and business is bound to increase.”
Mehul Baua from D’costa Textiles said, “It is good. Not as great as July but we are happy with it. We are participating for the second time in this event. We hope that there is category segregation, next time around. We also hope for more number of invitees and wish that the Fair is a bit more organised, more like the July Fairs.”
“The CMAI is always a good platform, whether it is January or July,” said Rakesh Kukreja from Isvarah Apparels. “It is more systematic than other fairs and customers come over here more than other fairs. Basically, it is a commercial Fair. We participate every year. For the first day, the start is good but January is always little less as compared to July because of the season. The Fair has always been good for each and every brand because the customer entry is very good and we have kept all ready stocks and I am very sure that we will be able to accumulate good amount of ready stocks,” he went on to say.
After a year full of challenges and with demonetisation impacting the Industry, the exhibitors were hopeful of welcoming the New Year on a positive note with the 64th NGF. Speaking to Apparel, they voiced their opinions, clearly. The CMAI members too, were very excited about this Fair—which was evident from their conversations that centered around the success of this event. As the first day ended on a very upbeat note, there was optimism all around that the 64th NGF would bring about a turnaround for the Apparel Industry. The first day of the 64th NGF was truly in sync with its theme, ‘Moving Forward Together’.
After the resounding success of Day One, there was enthusiasm about Day Two amongst both, the exhibitors, as well as the buyers. Day Two started with a bang. Apparel spoke to various stakeholders to get their opinions. Janil Gala from Soft Touch said, “This is our
AFTER THE RESOUNDING SUCCESS OF DAY ONE, THERE WAS ENTHUSIASM ABOUT DAY TWO AMONGST BOTH, THE EXHIBITORS, AS WELL AS THE BUYERS.
first time at the NGF, and we are hoping for the best. Based on the footfalls in the past, we’re expecting to see a good number of visitors.”
Ashok Thakkar, Chintamani’s NX, said, “We are regular participants in the Winter Fair, but this is the first time in the Summer Fair, for us. Post-demonetisation—even though our business wasn’t badly hit, thanks to the wedding market—we are expecting the business as well as the market to do better. We have introduced new designs, at a better value. We want to establish ourselves, now, for our value-driven design range. We have always been known for expensive formal and fancy designs—we want to expand.”
Jignesh Kubadia from Disha said, “We are regular participants at the NGF. The Summer Fair generally tends to be slower than the Winter Fair; but we have kept an open mind. As long as we get the expected footfall, it will be brilliant!”
Chetan Shah from Funny Girl said, “The Summer fair is especially meant for buyers who know what it is that they are looking for. We are regulars here. A show like the NGF not only allows us to find new business opportunities, but also helps us network with our existing clients, as well as the garment manufacturers and sellers fraternity.”
Apparel also got insights from the buyers at the Fair. Tanuj from Panchratna Apparel, Mumbai, said, “I am here at the NGF to explore new designs to see what is going to be trending in the upcoming season.”
Ashish Jain, Shri Parshvanath Garments, Indore, said, “I have had a look around. It is a good fair. It is going to be advantageous for retailers like us. We will get to see what the latest design trends are and build contacts with new wholesalers. I have a men’s wear store so my focus here is on jeans and shirts for men.”
Shashwat Khemka from Govind Vastralaya, Varanasi, said, “This is my second time at NGF as a buyer. It has been a good experience so far, we get to see many things. There are a lot of manufacturers here who showcase their latest collection and that helps us gauge what are the new designs and looks that are in fashion now. It is a great concept and a very well-managed show, as well.”
Parag Nahar from Tana Bana, Ujjain, said, “This is an excellent show; it lives upto its tagline ‘opportunity meets success’. Such trade fairs are a must in India as they offer good exposure to both buyers and sellers.”
All in all, the two days of the 64th NGF were successful and have indeed helped raise the bar for all future iterations of the Fair.