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A count­down to CMAI’s 67th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair, In­dia’s largest ap­parel trade show

The Ap­parel In­dus­try en­thu­si­as­ti­cally awaits CMAI’s 67th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair, In­dia’s Largest Ap­parel Trade Show, which is to be held from July 16th, 2018 to July 19th, 2018, at the Bom­bay Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, NSE Com­plex, Gore­gaon (E) , Mumbai – 400 063. Ex­cite­ment lev­els are soar­ing high as the count­down to In­dia’s Largest Ap­parel Trade Show be­gins. Read on…

It’s that time of the year again. Af­ter the stel­lar success of the 65th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair in July last year, fol­lowed by a record-set­ting 66th NGF, the In­dus­try ea­gerly awaits the 67th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair. Bom­bay Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, NSE Com­plex, Gore­gaon (E), Mumbai, will house the up­com­ing edi­tion of the Fair. The 67th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair will be spread across Hall 1, the Open Bay, Halls 2, 3,4, 5 and The Grande, cov­er­ing a Gross Area of Ap­prox. 6,50,000 Sq. Ft and will have Ap­prox. 1000 Stalls show­cas­ing over 1100 Lead­ing Brands. Ap­prox. 50,000 Trade Vis­i­tors are ex­pected to Visit In­dia’s Largest Ap­parel Trade Show.

The Or­gan­i­sa­tion of this Fair has been pos­si­ble be­cause of the per­sis­tent ef­forts of the As­so­ci­a­tion with the Traf­fic Depart­ment of Greater Mumbai Po­lice. The As­so­ci­a­tion was able to get the NOC to Or­gan­ise the Men’s, Women’s, Kids & Ac­ces­sories Fairs to­gether. For the First Time, the As­so­ci­a­tion has de­cided to Or­gan­ise the Fair for four days, on a trial ba­sis, so that Re­tail­ers would get an op­por­tu­nity to Visit all the 1000 Ex­hibitors. The Fair will com­mence on July 16th, 2018 and end on the even­ing of July 19th, 2018. The As­so­ci­a­tion has re­ceived an Over­whelm­ing Re­sponse to­wards Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 67th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair. The buzz around the show is un­de­ni­ably strik­ing and this edi­tion of the NGF prom­ises to be the largest, grand­est edi­tion of the Fair so far.

So, what awaits us at the 67th NGF and how does it dif­fer from the pre­vi­ous years’ fairs? Let’s take a walk down me­mory lane and re­cap the ac­tion from the last edi­tion of In­dia’s Largest Ap­parel Trade Show to gauge what’s in store...

HIT­TING REWIND

The 65th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair was in­au­gu­rated by Hon’ble Smt Sm­riti Zu­bin Irani, Min­is­ter of Tex­tiles, Govt of In­dia, at Ho­tel Leela, Mumbai on July 9th, 2017. The In­au­gu­ra­tion be­gan by light­ing the tra­di­tional lamp and cut­ting the cer­e­mo­nial rib­bon. This was fol­lowed by Dr Kavita Gupta vis­it­ing the Fair on its open­ing day to see the Ex­hi­bi­tion in its 65th edi­tion. This edi­tion of the NGF was spread across an area of ap­prox­i­mately six lakh square feet, oc­cu­py­ing Ex­hi­bi­tion Halls I, V, VI & VIIA of the Bom­bay Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. The Fair had over ap­prox­i­mately 881 stalls show­cas­ing over 1023 lead­ing brands.

This edi­tion of the Na­tional Gar­ment Fair was a much awaited event among In­dus­try play­ers, spe­cially be­cause of the dawn of the im­po­si­tion of the Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) sys­tem. The halls were abuzz with dis­cus­sions about this new scheme, as Mem­bers of the In­dus­try de­bated its pos­si­ble im­pact on their Busi­nesses. How­ever, ap­pre­hen­sions, if any, were not vis­i­ble among the Ex­hibitors or the Vis­it­ing Re­tail­ers, as the crowds came pour­ing in on Day One of the 65th NGF. Ap­prox­i­mately 41554 foot­falls were reg­is­tered for the three-day Ap­parel Trade Show.

As with all pre­vi­ous Fairs, the ex­cel­lent or­gan­i­sa­tion and plan­ning of CMAI was ev­i­dent right from the be­gin­ning. Mr Rahul Me­hta, Pres­i­dent, CMAI, wel­comed the Chief Guest Dr Kavita Gupta, IAS, Tex­tiles Com­mis­sioner, Min­istry of Tex­tiles, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, and gave her an over­view of the Fair. Mr Rahul Me­hta, Pres­i­dent, CMAI, Mr Ra­jesh Masand, Vice Pres­i­dent, and Mr Rakesh Biyani, Vice Pres­i­dent & Chair­man, New Projects Sub-Com­mi­tee, CMAI es­corted Dr Gupta to the var­i­ous stalls at the Fair.

The Tex­tiles Com­mis­sioner in­ter­acted with the Ex­hibit­ing Brand Own­ers and dis­cussed Gar­ment Pack­ages with them. She was more than keen to ex­plain its work­ings to them and make them aware of the var­i­ous fa­cil­i­ties they could avail of. Dr Gupta and Mr Me­hta then par­tic­i­pated in a me­dia in­ter­ac­tion. Speak­ing at this in­ter­ac­tion, Dr Gupta said, “The ready-made do­mes­tic mar­ket is our strength and por­tray­ing the same through an ex­hi­bi­tion like this cer­tainly en­cour­ages and up­lifts the in­dus­try’s pulse to a great ex­tent. This plat­form will cer­tainly help in gen­er­at­ing busi­ness, boost the con­fi­dence of this seg­ment and also show­case the best of the seg­ment to the world by clearly giv­ing out the mes­sage loud and clear, that they have more than ar­rived.”

The 65th NGF wit­nessed an en­thu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pa­tion from Brands across the var­i­ous seg­ments of the in­dus­try, such as West­ern Menswear, West­ern Wom­enswear, Eth­nic Menswear, Eth­nic Wom­enswear, Eth­nic and West­ern Chil­drenswear, and var­i­ous ac­ces­sories and al­lied In­dus­try Play­ers. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the fruit­ful pres­ence of so many in­dus­try play­ers un­der one roof, the CMAI fa­cil­i­tated many in­ter­ac­tions

and healthy busi­ness dis­cus­sions dur­ing the three days of the ex­hi­bi­tion. The Busi­ness Net­work­ing Ses­sion with High Street Re­tail­ers was held in the early hours of the day be­tween 12 pm and 2 pm; while the ses­sion with Na­tional Chain Stores and E-Com­merce com­pa­nies was held from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The Sec­ond Day of the 65th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair was clearly planned ex­tremely ef­fi­ciently. The Fair re­ceived an amaz­ing re­sponse from its par­tic­i­pants and was re­warded with huge foot­falls on day two as well. The hes­i­ta­tion shown by ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors alike to leave the event venue, even as the shut­ters went down on the sec­ond day, was an un­said tes­ta­ment to the Fair’s mas­sive out­reach and how the In­dus­try ea­gerly awaits the same ev­ery sea­son.

The fi­nal day of the 65th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair be­gan with the same en­thu­si­asm and with the busi­ness vigour that had been reg­is­tered over the first two days. Foot­falls to the ex­hi­bi­tion right from the start of day three was fab­u­lous and the ur­gency in vis­i­tors was ev­i­dent, as they wanted to make the most of the last day just be­fore this edi­tion of the Fair wrapped up.

The 65th NGF re­ceived par­tic­i­pa­tion from sev­eral new brands as the ex­hi­bi­tion grew big­ger in scale this time around. The halls of the Bom­bay Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre were all abuzz with ea­ger par­tic­i­pants of the Fair proudly dis­play­ing their work and buy­ers ea­gerly plac­ing or­ders, set­ting up fu­ture busi­ness en­deav­ours. Vivek Shah, Man­ager-Mar­ket­ing, Spykar, talked to Ap­parel about th­ese new hori­zons, say­ing, “For the first time we have ex­hib­ited in the wom­enswear pav­il­ion and the re­sponse is surely mind-blow­ing!”

Yo­gesh C Ku­ruba, Owner, B En­ter­prises, Fo­cus Jeans, was also all praises for the Fair: “The foot­falls right from Day One have been re­mark­able and as ex­pected, it only grew to give us a full house by the end of Day Three. But when I be­gin to com­pare the last few years of the ex­hi­bi­tion with this year, I can only say that there is a stark dif­fer­ence and this year the ex­hi­bi­tion is not only big­ger in terms of the floor area in­crease, but there is a vast change in terms of the num­ber of par­tic­i­pat­ing brands, and there­fore, the qual­ity of the same too as com­pared to the pre­vi­ous years is im­pres­sive. Big brands have started show­ing their promi­nence and this is cer­tainly a note­wor­thy.”

As the cur­tains fi­nally came down at 9 pm on July 12th, 2017, the Third Day of 65th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair, the ex­hausted yet ju­bi­lant faces of the Ex­hibitors and other Stake­hold­ers served as a tes­ta­ment to the re­sound­ing success of the Fair. This edi­tion of In­dia’s Largest Ap­parel Trade Show cer­tainly set the bar higher, and raised the ex­pec­ta­tions for all its fu­ture Edi­tions.

BACK TO THE FU­TURE

In 2018, the Ap­parel In­dus­try has been through a tu­mul­tuous fi­nan­cial year, full of ups and downs. In such a cli­mate, the 67th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair holds a beacon of hope for fos­ter­ing a pro­duc­tive busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment. Through the note­wor­thy ‘Busi­ness Net­work­ing Ses­sions’, which pro­vide a plat­form for Ex­hibitors at the NGF to meet Agents, Dis­trib­u­tors and High Street re­tail­ers, the Fair of­fers the In­dus­try a chance to re­new it­self with vigour and en­thu­si­asm.

The 67th edi­tion of In­dia’s Largest Ap­parel Trade Fair prom­ises to be the big­gest of its kind so far, be­ing spread over Four Days for the First Time. With over 1000 Brands queu­ing up to dis­play their best, the event is sure to lead to ful­fill­ing busi­ness in­ter­ac­tions and fos­ter cre­ative con­ver­sa­tions.

The 67th Na­tional Gar­ment Fair is bound to be the har­bin­ger for a bet­ter and more prospec­tive to­mor­row. So block your cal­en­dars and don your busi­ness best! An op­por­tu­nity of a life­time awaits you and your busi­ness at this his­toric Ex­hi­bi­tion.

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