Garment Show of India Vouches for ‘Make in India’
The NCR hosted the Garment Show of India, a B2B exhibition that connects the apparel retail industry of India, at Pragati Maidan. A report.
The national capital hosted the Garment Show of India, a B2B exhibition that connects the apparel retail industry of India, on a high note at Pragati Maidan. The Garment Show of India is the only B2B show for domestic apparel industry in Delhi which will connect retailers, wholesalers, distributors, e-commerce companies, retail chains with suppliers in North India. The event was inaugurated by Manoj Tiwari, President, BJP unit in Delhi, in the presence of well-known retail chains like ITC Wills Lifestyle, V Mart, V2, Unik Bazar and brands like Kaira, Cactus, Fashion Factory, the press and other media.
More than 100 exhibitors, comprising of leading brands and manufacturers and retailers of a variety of products like ladies tops, trousers, leggings, denims, mens’s shirts, blazers, suits, trousers, t-shirts, kidswear, sportswear, ethnic, party and occasion wear participated and showcased their latest collections at the event. Participants and brands from all garment hubs like Delhi, Noida, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ludhiana, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Tirupur and many others were also seen at the show.
“Our vision is to make Garment Show of India a one-stop platform for everyone who is involved in the apparel, fashion or retail business. The idea is to bridge the gap between buyers and sellers. Our exhibition has manufacturers/ brands that can offer quality, fashion and competitive prices and match up with the requirements of retailers, retail chains, e-commerce companies and distributors,” said Gagan Marwah, Organiser, Garment Show of India. Leading retail chains like Pothys, Chennai Silk, RMKV, Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Landmark Group, Bazar India, Reliance Trends, Amazon, Snapdeal, Myntra, Westside and many more visited the exhibition.
Massive promotions were being carried out through newspapers, radio, outdoor advertisements, social media and roadshows all over the country, in order to attract visitors from all parts of India, especially from tier -II and -III cities.
Shiv Naresh, one of the well-known players in sportswear; Brand Kaira from Hyderabad that makes attractive ladies wear; Babeez from Mumbai, a brand for kids and infants; Indira Hosiery Mills from Ludhiana; Cactus from Bengaluru that makes innovative denims; Dotted Jeans, a high fashion brand for all type of denims; Tinted, Royal Wood, Mac Mount and several other companies participated in the exhibition. The theme of the show was ‘Make in India’. “The garment industry is one of the largest industries in India and provides a livelihood to many people. The textile and apparel sector contributes 14 percent to industrial production, 4 percent to India’s
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and constitutes 15 percent of the country’s export earnings. It employed nearly 51 million people directly and 68 million people indirectly in 2015-16. As everyone says, ‘Roti, Kapdaa aur Makaan’ are the three basic necessities of India. Kapdaa, or Clothing is certainly a basic necessity, however, it also adds fashion, uniqueness and motivation to our lives,” said Manoj Tiwari.
Since GST is a current topic, a wideranging discussion on the issue was also conducted on Day 1 of the show. Retailers and manufacturers expressed their concern over 12 percent GST rates on readymade garments and its impact which has been affecting market sentiments for many months now. They requested Manoj Tiwari to consider subsidised rates for garments as it comes under basic necessities and GST will make garments very costly in times to come.
The growth in apparel industry of India is a natural follow up to an increasing working population and disposable incomes. The Indian economy is a powerful magnet for concerns all over the world and a sizeable number of international brands have already entered the Indian market. “Our mission is to work on our PM’s vision of ‘Make in India’ and thus we created this platform, Garment Show of India as Indian manufacturers have the expertise, craftsmanship and marketing skills to be able to produce variety and quality wear,” said Gagan Marwah.
After the inauguration, Tiwari visited all the stalls at the three-day event and appreciated the wide range exhibited. He also said, “I am delighted to see this latest range of apparels and appreciate the efforts of organisers for putting up this brilliant show.”
Garment Show of India is a venture of Saina Events, a Delhi-based publication house and event management company that was started by the husband wife duo of Gagan Marwah and Deepti Marwah, around eight years ago. The company started the exhibition in the year 2015 with a vision to create a connecting link between manufacturers and buyers of garment and provide an opportunity to small and medium sized companies to understand and interpret the market trends and bond with the most important people in apparel industry.