FABRIC 2.0: MEETING CONSUMER DEMANDS THROUGH INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
Textiles is one of the oldest industries in the world, and we continue to see constant evolution in fibres and fabrics. The discerning customer today not just desires the superior attributes of both the natural fibres and the man made fibres but also want added functionalities, that too in the most environment friendly manner. Superior apparel quality, performance and comfort even in demanding situations have become the new normal for the increasingly enlightened consumer.
While better performing fabrics are gaining traction, the new buzzword sweeping the textile landscape is sustainability, across various sensibilities. There is also an increased preference for materials and services that are traceable, transparent and sustainable, both ecologically and socially, and it’s time for us as responsible manufacturers to step up create and offer solutions for the new age demands.
Mr. Ritesh Sharma is the Retail Lead for R|Elan – Fabric 2.0, fabrics made from the next-generation of specialty fibers launched by Reliance Industries Ltd. He has over 21 years of experience in the Textile Industry working across fiber, fabric and apparel sectors.
UPCOMING DENIM TRENDS 2019
It’s not new that a couple of jeans is always there in our wardrobes. The unique point is that over the years these denims have become one of the most versatile items of clothing for us, engaging the denim manufacturers as well as designers to constantly work upon and give a makeover every season.
Trends these days are proving that the more inventive the jeans are, the more attention you will accrue as the fashion professional and denim manufacturer. The market is roving more about mixing up of different elements and having fun with it.
Going with the trends that celebrity jeans are noted nowadays, the future may be donning embellished ripped jeans with fishnet details or replacing the cotton culottes with denim culottes, these days jeans trends mean serious business.
Mr. Sartaj Mehta, with over two decades of industry experience and expertise in the creative domain, is known for his skills in identifying opportunities to create new product categories for various markets and developing effective and robust growth strategies to ensure long term success.
Prior to be at Pepe Jeans, Mehta was the creative head at ITC and was responsible for creating seasonal lines at both Wills Lifestyle and John Players brands. Mehta started his career with Madura Garments (Aditya Birla Group) where he worked for seven years and went on to become the creative director of Allen Solly.
During his tenure at Allen Solly, he won the ‘Chairman’s young achiever award’. In 2005, he joined the Benetton Group as product head and was then appointed as the product director, where he was responsible for strategically managing all product categories was responsible for creating growth strategy across all categories.
During his stint at Colour Plus India (Raymond Apparel) Mehta was appointed director of design and merchandising and played a larger role in product development. Mehta was also one of the founding members at Zovi.com, where he was instrumental in setting up the business division for the portal as well as overlooked all aspects of product- design, sourcing and production.
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN TEXTILE & GARMENT SECTOR IN MP
In last five years, Madhya Pradesh has become a mojor centre for new textile investments in India. During this period, majority of major textile companies have invested in the state either in Greenfield projects or on expansions; major investors include Trident, Vardhman, SEL, SRF, and Century Textiles.
The state is natural choice for textile related investments due to easy availability of raw materials like cotton, well-established ecosystem and progressive policy framework.
Currently 65 large textile mills, thousands of looms and millions of spindles are operating in the state.
Mr. Ashish Pateria
is currently associated with Department of Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion (DIP&IP), Government of Madhya Pradesh. He primarily handles
investor facilitation, marketing and branding of Madhya Pradesh. He played an instrumental role in organising Global Investors Summit (GIS) 2016 and is actively
involved in planning and organising GIS 2019. He has successfully routed investment across different sectors in the state which are under various stages of
implementation. He is working with Ernst & Young (EY), which is acting as Knowledge Partner to GoMP.
Mr. Pateria is MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai and did his engineering from Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune.
EXPERIENCING DESIGN WITH DAY TO DAY PRACTICES
One hour session on how to stimulate and develop your 5-senses by adopting few practices in day to day life so that they are more activated and help you design better. This is a fully interactive session which includes many hands on activities, examples, videos and reference work sharing.
Mr. Anuraag S is a rare combination of logic and creativity, intelligence and innovation, speed and perfection. Someone who has always set benchmarks for creating workable designs and has a crazy bug to find out different solutions by thinking out of the box.
With more than 24 years of experience in the field of design, creativity and visual merchandising, Anuraag is an Incomparable mentor, inspirational designer, an author and the biggest knowledge house of his field-Visual Merchandising.
He has national and international work experience with leading Retail Organizations like Shoppers stop, Aditya Birla Group, Landmark group, Axiom Telecom and Jet Airways. Currently, Anuraag has his own multi-disciplinary design consultancy called Pencil Box, based in Bangalore, India.
DENIM INDUSTRY GOING DIGITAL
The talk would encompass
- The Digital revolution in denim washing
- Journey from Analogue to Digital Production
- Technologies that work as transformers for this revolution
- Benefits of thinking and implementing Digital production route in today’s time so as to transform our industry and give a healthy life to JEANS and people associated with it
Mr. Manuj Kanchan is working for Jeanologia for 6+ years and is heading South Asia operations. Over the years, he has earned very enriching experience and have been enjoying being part of the transformational journey. Prior to Jeanologia, he was associated with 3 main companies where he learned about Denim in a very professional way. Those three companies are:
Freshtex Laundry – based in China and India, there he handled product development in Asia and production operations in Bangalore
IndoChine – based in China, where he handled denim product from China, Bangladesh and Cambodia
S&A Impex – Chemical business in Indian sub continent
INNOVATIONS IN DENIM SECTOR THROUGH CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT
How ZDHC best practices on chemicals management are driving innovation in the denim sector?
The presentation will introduce latest developments at ZDHC and showcase how its guidelines and tools are enabling more sustainable and innovative practices in the denim supply chain. It will also demonstrate the practical meaning of the ZDHC MRSL, the ZDHC Waste Water Guidelines and the ZDHC Gateway. Sector collaboration and aligned implementation will be highlighted as key success factors for driving environmental protection in the denim industry and staying ahead of sustainability trends and customer requirements.
Dr. Christina Raab has over a decade of experience of working at the interface between sustainability, sustainable development and innovation. She currently serves as Global Implementation Director at ZDHC, the forefront industry collaboration for sustainable chemicals management in the textile, apparel, footwear and leather sectors. In her role at ZDHC, she is responsible for the global scaling of ZDHC activities and to oversee the ZDHC Academy and the ZDHC Implementation HUB.
Prior to joining ZDHC, Dr. Raab held leading positions at several consulting firms where she worked with a variety of companies, industries and public institutions on holistic sustainability strategies and responsible value chains. Dr. Raab started her professional career at the environmental branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and has a PhD in materials chemistry.