Designers Fair 2019 Offers Prime Opportunities
Based on its successful history, Designers Fair, held every year in Chennai, is now looking at a more diversified exhibition to cover the whole fashion supply chain from 1st – 3rd February, 2019, and it is becoming a new hub for the professionals in the i
Beside being the 2nd largest producer, India has now become the second largest footwear market also. Hence, there is a necessity for an ambiance to team up and encourage talents, especially in footwear designing, has subjugated centre stage. Though the need was acknowledged and steps already taken, until few years back it wasn’t felt that something more organized and grander should be in place. Accentuating this, Council for Leather Exports (CLE), a body under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, committed to overcome the persistent distress in the country’s footwear industry. CLE organized the first edition of Designers Fair in February 2016 Chennai. Today, it is already a noticeable industry stage where creativeness, objective and novelties are displayed.
CLE, under the leadership of the present Chairman Mukhtarul Amin, Vice Chairman PR Aqeel Ahmed and Designers Fair, Convenor Naresh Bhasin would be organizing the next edition of Designers Fair in Chennai concurrently with India International Leather Fair. The 4th edition of Designers Fair will be held at Hotel ITC Grand Chola, Chenani during February 1-3, 2019. The event is expected to draw noticeable and promising footwear designers from countries such as Brazil, Italy, Portugal, the US, Russia, Philippines, Hong Kong and Spain, to mention some. The knowledge-sharing platform has been delivering very successful editions for the past 4 years. At the 2018 edition 36 overseas designers from several countries participated in the event, besides 11 Indian designers and institutions.
In the build up to the event, Mukhtarul Amin, Chairman, CLE stated “CLE’S initiative of bringing the design talents under one roof for the benefit of manufacturers and exporters in the Indian leather and footwear industry has succeeded as we have seen three successful editions of the Designers Fair. I am sure that the fair will help in further moving-up the value chain.”
Aqeel Ahmed, Vice- Chairman, CLE observed, “Design development plays an important role in enhancing our production and exports under Make in India. I am happy that Designers Fair 2019 has already received tremendous response with confirmation of 32 overseas designers. Many more confirmations are expected shortly. I am sure that we will be witnessing the largest ever Designers Fair in 2019.”
Naresh Bhasin remarked, “Continuous evolution of new designs is a pre-requisite to consolidate and enhance our market share in the highly competitive global market. I am happy that Designers Fair has attracted and continues to attract some of the popular designers from across the world. We are looking forward to another successful edition of Designers Fair.”
Numerous Indian companies are still not exposed to the concept of buying designs or creating new designs. Through this unique expo many tie-ups in the field of design are expected in the coming edition. Despite the imminent achievements, the concern or rather the shortage of well-trained and talented designers still remains a major concern for the industry. This insistent matter, however, has made the task force ever more diligent. Resultantly, manufacturers and exporters are increasingly leaning on designers as well for business
CLE’S initiative of bringing the design talents under one roof for the benefit of manufacturers and exporters in the Indian leather and footwear industry has succeeded as we have seen three successful editions of the Designers Fair… Mukhtarul Amin, Chairman – CLE Design Development plays an important role in enhancing our production and exports under Make in India… PR Aqeel Ahmed, Vice Chairman – CLE
associations ranging from signature lines to limited- edition special range to woo international buyers as well India’s ambitious consumers.
The footwear industry in India has long been one of the most important components in the country’s prestigious textile and garment market, contributing significantly to not just the employment within the country but also the export earnings and overall economic growth in India as well. In 2018, India has evolved to become the second largest footwear consumer behind China, and is also one of the top footwear exporters in the world. Combining the facts that India’s economic performance continues to grow, the Indian government continues to provide strong support, while the global footwear demand continues to rise, the Indian footwear industry is forecast to flourish going forward, so do the business opportunities with top shoe companies in India.
According to industry experts footwear production is over 2.26 billion pairs annually, accounting for approximately 9.6% of the total global footwear output per year. The footwear industry in India employs over 2.5 million workers, making it one of the top employment sources in the country. Due to the fact that India is also the world’s second largest footwear consumer after China, about 90% of the footwear made in India is consumed by the domestic market and the rest is exported. The footwear market in India is now dominated by men’s footwear which contributes close to 58% of the total Indian footwear retail market and is expected grow at a CAGR of 10% by 2020. The women’s footwear segment, however, is projected to grow at a much faster CAGR of 20%. In term of product type, casual footwear is the largest product segment in India’s footwear market that contributes approximately 67% of the total footwear retail market. Moreover, nonleather footwear accounts for 66% of the overall footwear market in India. While the industry is currently dominated by the unorganized domestic SME footwear manufacturers, but with changing consumer behavior and modern lifestyle, the footwear products made by those medium and large brands are likely to witness a bigger sales in the near future. Currently, some of the largest footwear manufacturers in India include Bata India Limited, Liberty Shoes Limited, Paragon Group, Relaxo Footwears Limited, Adidas AG, PUMA, Skechers USA, Incorporation, Nike Incorporation, and Metro Shoes. While the major footwear producing states in India are: Tamil Nadu, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Rajashtan, and Kerala.
This huge growth potential makes Designers Fair an attractive business meeting point. Underlining the importance,the council undertook a massive publicity campaign to promote investments under Make in India. Road shows were held in Germany, USA, Brazil, Italy, China and Taiwan. It looks certain that the fourth edition of Designers Fair will be much grander, and the industry will witness a bigger display of talents and creations, and this development is a huge opportunity for all the stakeholders.
Continuous evolution of new designs is a pre-requisite to consolidate and enhance our market share in the highly competitive global market... – Naresh Bhasin, Convener - Designers Fair