The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) is organizing the 59th National Garment Fair from 23rd-25thJune 2014 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon East, Mumbai.
CMAI’s 59th National Garment Fair will be inaugurated by Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of Textiles, Govt. of India on 23rd June at 10:30 am. Zohra Chatterji, IAS, Secretary Textiles will be the guest of honour at the inauguration.
Rahul Mehta, President, CMAI and Vice Chairman of International Apparel Foundation stated, “This B2B fair will be spread over approx. 4.50 lakh sq.ft., covering all the halls of Bombay Exhibition centre. There will be 697 stalls displaying over 737 brands. This will be the India’s largest garment fair held so far. Approx. 40,000 retailers from all over India are expected to visit this B2B fair. Over one lakh invitation cards displaying the participating brands in men’s wear, women’s wear and kid’s wear have been sent by exhibitors to their retailers, wholesalers, Agents and distributors.”
CMAI will be organizing ‘Fashion Fiesta’- fashion shows on 23-24th June. The association will also have business networking sessions between the retailers and manufacturers. The event has invited top 10 Large Format Retailers for the session. Among them are the leading retailers like Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle etc. The association has also called upon some of the leading MBOs for the business networking session. As a part of CMAI’s initiatives for the Industry the association has started the following:
CMAI’s Apparel Training centres
CMAI has been appointed as one of the Lead Implementing Agencies under Component II of the Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) of the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India to impart training to 35,000 trainees in the 12th five year plan. The association plans to set up 50 apparel training centres across India. The first centre will be set up at Baramati Hi Tech Textile Park, Baramati.
Standardisation of Indian sizes
CMAI, in association with National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and supported by the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, is working on a new initiative ‘Size India’ to carry out a scientific, systematic anthropometric study on the Indian population for the purpose of developing a sizing system for the Indian domestic apparel industry. Under this project, CMAI plans to measure more than 50,000 Indians to establish a standard Indian sizing for apparel.
Domestic Apparel Retail Index
CMAI has recently launched, ‘CMAI’s Domestic Apparel Retail Index’ to gauge the health of the domestic apparel market. This would provide credible information for accessing the performance of the industry which can facilitate all the stakeholders in taking informed business decisions. Based on the data collected from 100 brands from 4 distinct turnover segments, CMAI’s Domestic Apparel Retail Index is compiled and released to the industry once every quarter.
Promotion of handlooms in modern retail
CMAI in association with The Development Commissioner for Handlooms (DC, Handlooms) and supported by Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India has launched an initiative called ‘Promotion of Handloom Products in Modern Retail’. This will create a connect between handloom weavers, brands and retailers to promote handloom products thus leading to an increased sales through domestic networks retailers and brands.