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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.

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