“CLE is committed towards the overall development of the Indian leather sector and therefore in achieving higher export growth to enhance India’s share in global leather trade. The Designers Fair is a platform created by Council for Leather Exports to pro
– Mukhtarul Amin
Chairman, Council for Leather Exports participated. Besides, the fair was attended by 375 business visitors resulting in generation of business worth of $ 5,37,780.
This time, the 3rd edition of Designers Fair will be held at Hotel ITC Grand Chola, Chennai between during February 1-3, 2018. It is believed that about 40-45 overseas and Indian designers and design institutes will be displaying their wide range of designs of leather products and footwear at the fair.
Manufacturers and exporters are increasingly leaning on home-grown designers as well for business associations ranging from signature lines to limited-edition special range to woo international buyers as well as India’s ambitious consumers. Footwear modelists displaying their collections were the best bet for the same, since they have a specific style and can fuse Indian and international designs brilliantly to develop aspirational products.
What is driving this newfound love for designer lines and commercial modelist is the increasing fashion awareness and local knowledge among consumers, and exporters’ need to differentiate in an increasingly crowded and commoditized market. There have been an increasing number of collaborations between Indian retailers and designers, but unfortunately most retailers consider these as short-term arrangements, which need to change. In developed markets, for instance, most marketer-designer partnerships are of long term association.
With India on the growth trajectory, there is a need to lay a strong foundation of world-class infrastructure. As the Indian leather and footwear industry is aiming to move-up the value chain, infrastructure and design development