Hon­our­ing Ex­cel­lence!

For the first time, the APEX awards were held on the First Night of The 66th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair, on Jan­uary 29, 2018. Anurima Das brings you all the ac­tion from the glit­tery Awards Night. Pho­to­graphs: Vikrant Saple

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All the ac­tion from the glit­tery Apex Awards Night

The 66th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair was a much hyped event, ow­ing to CMAI’s de­ci­sion of adding the APEX Awards post the first day of the ex­hi­bi­tion this year, ie, on Jan­uary 29. Months be­fore the ac­tual date of the ex­hi­bi­tion, the com­mit­tee had be­gun its process of se­lec­tion and had of­fi­cially an­nounced the awards. All mem­bers and the en­tire in­dus­try waited with bated breath un­til it was fi­nally time to wit­ness the grand cer­e­mony of the CMAI’s APEX Awards!

The APEX Awards are the premier awards of the In­dian ap­parel in­dus­try, where the out­stand­ing per­form­ers of the year are recog­nised. The APEX awards ac­knowl­edge ex­cel­lence in ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing, mar­ket­ing, and sup­ply chain man­age­ment, and retail and also recog­nise sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the In­dus­try from al­lied in­dus­tries. The APEX Awards 2017 were held on Mon­day, Jan­uary 29, 2018 at Hall II, NSE Com­plex, Gore­gaon (East), Mum­bai.


APEX Awards 2017 was chiefly spon­sored by Wazir Ad­vi­sors Pvt Ltd. Nielsen In­dia Pvt Ltd. was the re­search part­ner for the awards and they helped with the re­search and eval­u­a­tion process. 500 re­tail­ers were sur­veyed to fi­nalise the award win­ners from 22 cat­e­gories. The stage was set and the evening rolled out with a grand wel­come by one

of In­dia’s most suc­cess­ful stand-up co­me­di­ans, Atul Kha­tri. He was at his wit­ti­est best and left the au­di­ence in splits with his hu­mour. Mr Kha­tri set the ball rolling for the rest of the cer­e­mony by light­en­ing up the mood.

CMAI in­sti­tuted the APEX AWARDS (Na­tional Awards for Ex­cel­lence in Ap­parel) to cel­e­brate good work, en­cour­age the in­dus­try and pay trib­ute to those who in­flu­ence ev­ery as­pect of the in­dus­try. Speak­ing at the cer­e­mony, Dr Kavita Gupta, Tex­tile Com­mis­sioner said that the Tex­tiles & Cloth­ing In­dus­try had promised the Govt to bring an in­vest­ment of R80,000 Crore along with cre­ation of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for one crore peo­ple within three years. Two years have passed but in­vest­ment to the tunes of R7,000 Crore and em­ploy­ment of only one lakh per­sons were achieved. She re­it­er­ated that the In­dus­try should try to ful­fil its prom­ise. The Union Tex­tile Min­istry has an­nounced the R6,000 Crore Spe­cial Ap­parel Pack­age in July 2017 and the Gar­ment & Made ups In­dus­try should take ad­van­tage of the scheme. She went on to men­tion how tex­tiles have a mytho­log­i­cal past and has been a part of his­tory since an­cient times. She spoke of how In­dia can never be thought of with­out her strong tex­tile back­bone. She urged the in­dus­try to carry on this progress path to cre­ate his­tory in the time to come.

Mr Rahul Me­hta, Pres­i­dent, CMAI took over the stage and stated that the do­mes­tic mar­ket growth rate of Ap­parel In­dus­try was flat dur­ing 2017-18 due to de­mon­eti­sa­tion and GST. How­ever, he was sure that things will get steady and sta­bilise. He posited that the growth rate is an­tic­i­pated to be be­tween 10 per cent and 12 per cent in the fis­cal year 2018-19. How­ever, he was con­cerned that on the ex­port front, if the Govern­ment does not in­crease duty draw­back rates, there could be a pos­si­bil­ity of neg­a­tive growth in the sec­tor.


Fol­low­ing some in­spi­ra­tion from th­ese stal­warts, the evening car­ried on. Mr Atul Kha­tri helped keep the au­di­ence’s spir­its soar­ing with his com­edy. The au­di­ence was more than happy to un­wind with hu­mour af­ter a busy first day at the NGF.

With the air free of ten­sion, the awards rolled out. The Retail Pro­fes­sional of the Year Award was pre­sented to Mr Vishnu Prasad, CEO of Fu­ture Group. The En­tre­pre­neur of the Year Award was shared by Mr Nikhil Mo­han & Mr Nitin Mo­han of Mo­han Cloth­ing Com­pany Pvt Ltd. The


Most Ad­mired Kids Wear Brand of the Year award was re­ceived by United Col­ors of Benet­ton and the Most Ad­mired Men’s & Women’s In­ner­wear Brand was Jockey. Biba won the award for Most Ad­mired Women’s Eth­nic Brand of the Year and Most Ad­mired Women’s Western Wear Brand went to AND. Manyavar won The Most Ad­mired Men’s In­dian Eth­nic Wear Brand of the Year.

The Award for The Most Ad­mired Men’s For­mal Wear Brand of the Year went to Louis Philippe. The Most Ad­mired Men’s Ca­sual Wear Brand of the Year was bagged by Levi’s. The Pres­i­dent’s Award for Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion by a CMAI Mem­ber to The In­dus­try was an award that recog­nised and ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of Mr M L Bangera of Cli­max Ap­parel Pvt Ltd. The Wo­man En­tre­pre­neur of the Year Award was pre­sented to Mrs Beena Kan­nan, CEO, M/S Seematti. The Most Ad­mired Cloth­ing Com­pany of the Year Award was an hon­our shared by Aditya Birla Fash­ion & Retail Ltd and Ray­mond Ap­parel Ltd.


The Cloth­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (CMAI)’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award for the Year 2017 was con­ferred upon Mr San­jay Lalb­hai, Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man, Arvind Life­style Brands Ltd for his Role as a Leader, a Vi­sion­ary and an En­tre­pre­neur and for his In­valu­able and Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to the Growth of the Ap­parel In­dus­try in In­dia. Tex­tile Com­mis­sioner Dr Kavita Gupta and Mr Rahul Me­hta, Pres­i­dent, CMAI pre­sented the Pres­ti­gious Award to Mr San­jay Lalb­hai at the gleam­ing APEX Awards 2017 podium.

Mr San­jay Lalb­hai, Win­ner of the Life­time Achieve­ment Award gave us an in­sight into his decades of ex­pe­ri­ence. He has wit­nessed and shaped many note­wor­thy changes in the in­dus­try. He ex­pressed joy on see­ing the young gen­er­a­tion do so much work for the in­dus­try. He was heard say­ing, “I wish I had age on my side and could do more for the tex­tile in­dus­try and be a part of many more fu­tur­is­tic trends. I can vouch for and con­fi­dently say that a bright fu­ture awaits the In­dian Ap­parel In­dus­try in the fu­ture. I am sure that un­prece­dented new de­vel­op­ments would be seen in the man­u­fac­tur­ing and mar­ket­ing sec­tor of Ap­parel In­dus­try in the com­ing years.”

Mr Jayesh Shah, Chair­man of the APEX Awards Sub Com­mit­tee men­tioned that the APEX awards were a cel­e­bra­tion of the best. This year to en­cour­age Small and Medium En­ter­prises, CMAI has in­sti­tuted the CMAI SME Awards to hon­our Ex­cel­lence in Ap­parel Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Mar­ket­ing & Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment in the SME Sec­tor. CMAI’s SME Awards for the Most Ad­mired Women’s Wear Brand were given to 109°F and Zola, and the one for the most ad­mired Kids Wear Brand was won by Blazo and Pep­per­mint. Sta­tusquo and Oc­tave were ad­judged The Most ad­mired Menswear Brands in this cat­e­gory.

The evening ended on a high note and ev­ery­one was al­ready wait­ing for the next year’s awards. The wait to dis­cover the new win­ners will surely keep the in­dus­try mo­ti­vated through­out 2018!

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