Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the country’s apex fashion body, has announced three major initiatives that will be benefit the business of fashion in the country. In its quest to taking the Indian fashion industry forward, the FDCI has opened an office in Mumbai. The working of the office will be overseen by FDCI Board members Krishna Mehta and Arjun Khanna.
Secondly, FDCI and the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) have signed an agreement for mutual co-operation to foster the development of the Indian fashion manufacturing industry and promote the interests of various stakeholders involved. Both organisations aim to synergise their strengths towards mutually beneficial areas of development.
Rathi Vinay Jha, Director General, FDCI, said, “The FDCI has always been committed to promoting the interests of the Indian fashion industry. The announcements we have made only reiterate this commitment. The CMAI is an industry body and I am sure this relationship will be mutually beneficial. CMAI’s strengths in manufacturing and technical services would be of benefit to the fashion industry, while FDCI’s expertise would support specialised representation in fashion-related areas both in India and abroad.”
Premal Udani, President, CMAI, said “For over 40 years since its inception, CMAI has been acting as a catalyst of change, collaborating with the Government in matters of policy that impacts the future of the apparel industry. Being the largest conglomeration of retailers and manufacturers, it serves as a single sourcing destination, thereby infusing efficiency to time and cost into the supply chain. The FDCI is India’s apex fashion body, whose core aim is to take the fashion industry forward. It is obvious that there is a great synergy between the two organisations. As a result, I am sure this agreement between the FDCI and CMAI will prove to be a mutually beneficial one and together we hope to support the Indian fashion industry in their endeavours.”
Earlier, the FDCI organised a meeting among designer members and buyers to facilitate dialogue between them and FDCI. Senior FDCI Board members were also present at the meeting. This meeting was aimed at sharing the view points and suggestions of both designers and buyers, reviewing the status of the industry, contemplating the future and identifying a road map to take forward FDCI’s efforts of placing India on the global map of fashion.