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DUKE AUTUMN WINTER ’18-19 COLLECTION
Young and full of ideas, a new generation of Austrian designers is breathing life into the Duke Fashions Autumn Winter ’18-19 scene and has come up with great fashion for young people, which is cosy and stylish. The collection’s cosmopolitan dressing style draws inspiration from across the world, especially Austria. Fashionably right–that is what Austria is; and that is what the brand wishes to reflect in its novel collection. The collections for men, women and kids have been developed in sync with the global trends. The brand’s fashion line understands that the country, which hosts various fashion weeks, has its own charm when it comes to styling up in woollen tops, sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, thermals, tracksuits and footwear, and young hipsters would surely go for these this winter.
The whole collection comes in various styles having superb fits, international designs, a variety of fabrics and interesting patterns. Pick out international apparel and footwear from the countless options served in the fashionable Autumn Winter ’18-19 collection by Duke and transform your style to strike a pose with this iconic attire.
According to Mr Kuntal Raj Jain, Director, Duke Fashions (India) Ltd, “Our target audience is today’s youth who is looking for a trendy and stylish range that is in sync with international designs, fashions and quality. Duke is a valuefor-money brand and our mission is to make available the international designs and styles at highly reasonable prices. We see it as our duty to provide our customers the inspiration they need to look and feel confident. Our Autumn Winter ’18-19 collection is also based on the same philosophy.”
The Textile Association (India), Mumbai Unit organised a one-day seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Fabric Forming’ on September 8, 2018, at Hotel Fortune Park Galaxy, Vapi (Gujarat). The seminar, which was inaugurated by Mr Yogesh Kusumgar, Chairman, Kusumgar Corporates Pvt. Ltd, was a grand success and was attended by over 225 delegates.
At the inaugural and technical sessions, many eminent speakers talked about the key issues faced by the textile industry and the solutions to overcome them, and presented papers on various related topics. Mr Tapan Kumar Chandra, Advisor of the Seminar, threw light on the changing scenario in the entire textile value chain, while Mr Mohan Kavrie, Managing Director, Supreme Nonwovens Industries Pvt. Ltd, who delivered the keynote address, discussed the various hurdles in the non-woven industry, which was his core business area, and insisted to concentrate on research & development (R&D) and quality. Ms Seema Srivastava, Executive Director, India ITME Society, emphasised on the educational activities in the textile industry and discussed the problems present in the engineering industry. She advised to use the latest machinery to stand out in the international market and also requested the audience to participate in the GTTES Exhibition to know about the new trends in machinery.
TAI, Mumbai Unit felicitated Mr Mohan Kavrie with The Lifetime Achievement Award and Mr N K Brahmachari, Managing Director, Amritlakshmi Machine Works with The Industrial Excellence Award for their outstanding contribution to the textile industry. Finally, the panel discussion on ‘Upgrade, Weaving Technology for Quality Fabrics’ was moderated by Mr RR Gorakhia, Ex. Director, Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The panel of experts comprised Mr Mihir Parekh, Director - Mega Textile Park, Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (A Government of Telangana Undertaking), Mr Sachiin Kulkarnii, CEO, GHCL Limited, Mr BB Modi, Vice-President (Weaving Production), D’Decor Home Fabrics Pvt. Ltd and Mr Pratik R Bachkaniwala, Director, Palod Himson Machines Pvt. Ltd.
Sustainability standards take steps towards ensuring long-term sustainability of value chains and prepare the national market by increasing consumer awareness. Standards demand for product and environmental safety, improvement of workers’ livelihoods, together with improving competitiveness of industries, production practices of the fast-growing smallholder segment, and mainstreaming smallholders into the sustainability fold.
The International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards (ICSTS) was the first-of-itskind multi-stakeholder convention. The event, which was held from September 17-18, 2018 in New Delhi, India, was convened by the Quality Council of India (QCI) in collaboration with the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS). Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was the supporting partner of this convention. The event was dedicated solely to the practical questions of leveraging trade, standards, and global value chains as engines of sustainable development. It encompassed the concept of sustainable trade, which acquires a broader conception of environmental, economic and social sustainability.
Mr Sumit Gupta, GOTS Deputy Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance was invited as a panellist in the textile session titled ‘Strengthening Multi-Stakeholder Sectoral Initiatives and Responsible Sourcing Decisions in Textiles Value Chains’. The session was moderated by Mr Rene Van Berkel from United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
GOTS SUPPORTS QCI’S INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON SUSTAINABLE TRADE AND STANDARDS
As the world’s leading standard for processing of organic fibres, GOTS is actively working with national and international brands towards bringing in more transparency and accountability in textile supply chains. The criteria include traceability, waste treatment, environment, working conditions and other aspects of social compliance such as prohibition of child labour, excessive overtime, fair remuneration and so on. At the heart of the GOTS criteria, there is this requirement to use minimum 70 per cent organic fibres in the main material. It could be organic cotton, organic wool, organic silk or other certified organic fibres.
Mr Gupta explained that GOTS is a multistakeholder standard and has a transparent process for standard setting and revision. GOTS actively engages with other standards to avoid ‘double work’. He provided the example of social compliance, where GOTS has listed four social standards including SA 8000 in its Implementation Manual. He also elucidated how third-party standards such as GOTS can help to improve the supply chain interactions; all certified operations are listed in a public database for sourcing and proof. He also referred to the recently released GOTS Factsheet on how certification by GOTS helps to ensure compliance to each of the 17 Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs). “GOTS is a consumer-facing label. GOTS-certified businesses are able to make sustainability claims that are visible to the end consumer. Consumers can then make informed decisions and also verify those claims on the GOTS website,” concluded Mr Gupta.