The two-day expo began on Friday, which was organized by Apparel Resources at ITC Gardenia
A total of 23 apparel companies from Bangladesh participated in “Apparel Sourcing Week” at India’s Bengaluru, in a bid to increase Bangladesh’s apparel export to India, according to a press release.
The two-day expo began on Friday, which was organized by Apparel Resources at ITC Gardenia, which was supported by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
The first edition of Apparel Sourcing Week 2019 was inaugurated by BGMEA President Md Siddiqur Rahman and vice president (finance) Mohammed Nasir, while Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industry at Government of Karnataka, Gaurav Gupta, was also present at the ceremony.
“India-Bangladesh relationship has grown stronger over the years and India is already a very important development partner for us besides being a vital destination for garment exports,” said Siddiqur, “RMG today account for 84% of our total exports while India on the other hand boasts of upwardly mobile and sizeable middle-class that has significant buying power.”
He also underlined the RMG sector’s sustainability, as being a neighbouring country, Bangladesh can leverage each other’s strengths and work together towards strengthening bilateral relations and business growth.
“Bengaluru is not only a major centre for technology but also a strong manufacturing hub including apparel,” said Gaurav Gupta, “Retail sector is also very strong here, and I am sure the platform of Apparel Sourcing Week would provide a win-win situation for brands and retailers while also offering new export opportunities for Bangladesh.”
“Around 6 months back, when we began to develop this concept, we identified 3 key influencers that are the core to the success of the show namely opportunity, knowledge and inspiration,” said Deepak Mohindra, editor-in-chief of Apparel Resources.
A flurry of activities – seminars, panel discussions, vendor workshops and open house, were held during the expo touching all key aspects of the booming Indian fashion retail sector, sourcing strategies, products, pricing and not to mention the core issues of business generation, networking and knowledge sharing.
Bangladeshi companies which participated in the expo included Laila Styles Ltd, Bando Design Ltd, Jamuna Apparels Ltd, Energypac Fashions Ltd, Anowara Knit Composite Ltd, Sonia & Sweaters Limited, Pacific Jeans Ltd, Universal Jeans Ltd, Gramtech Knit Dyeing Finishing & Garments Ltd, Standard Group Ltd, Standard Stitches Ltd, Apex Textile Printing Mills Ltd, Pakiza Knit Composite Ltd, Well Group, Anzir Apparels Ltd, Anzir Terry Towels Ltd, Epic Group, Kwuntong Apparels Ltd, Lenny Fashion Ltd, K.C Bottom and Shirt Wear Company, RBSR Fashions Ltd, Denimach Ltd and Green Smirt Shirts Ltd.