Apparel / Fashion / Design

HSBC, IUCN launch project to support strategy development to contribute to responsible fashion

Views - 11 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte In an effort to support the concept of responsible fashion, HSBC Bank, in partnership with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), launched a project to develop a cohesive low carbon development transition strategy


Green’s in fashion as Lithuanian used clothes site joins $1 b club

Views - 10 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

VILNIUS, REUTERS: Vinted, an online marketplace for second-hand clothes, has surfed a sustainable fashion wave to become Lithuania’s first technology startup to reach ‘unicorn’ status with a valuation of over $1 billion. The company, created in


Pigeon Island Tropical Wear celebrates two years of sustainable innovation

Views - 12 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

Sri Lankan tropical wear brand Pigeon Island, based on marine conservation and plastic recycling, celebrated two years of sustainable innovation in the fashion design industry. Pigeon Island roots its design philosophy on two environmental pillars


AOD to unveil inspiring new ‘design innovation’ vision for Sri Lanka

Views - 54 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 08:50

A unique vision centring ‘design innovation’ as a central force to drive a one-of-a-kind innovation marrying ‘design and tech’ is soon to be launched by AOD at its new home, the Colombo Innovation Tower.


SLT & University of Moratuwa declare new IoT Design Innovation Lab open

Views - 30 Wednesday, 20 November 2019 02:13

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the leading ICT and digital services provider in Sri Lanka, together with the University of Moratuwa, one of the leading technological universities in Sri Lanka declared open a laboratory dedicated to the research and develop


Singer Fashion Academy offers creative short courses at affordable prices

Views - 32 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

Ever since their inception over 60 years ago, the Singer Fashion Academy has been instrumental in bringing about economic viability to everyone who has been involved with the brand and uplifting the lives of students in so many ways by helping to hon


AOD’s role as South Asia’s creative epicentre celebrated with visit from Maldivian Ambassador

Views - 42 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

Strengthening the bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and the Maldives, particularly the two island nations’ evolving creative economies, Maldivian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Omar Abdul Razzak paid a special visit to AOD. With a growing Maldivian student


A touch of class – ‘Mayuri’ is back in Colombo

Views - 12 Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:00

Award winning sari brand ‘Mayuri’ by Thangam Mathai will once again be on sale on 27 and 28 November. The brand which is renowned for being handcrafted and sustainable, is also noted for the vibrancy of the colours used. This unique brand is avai


Fifth edition of Intex South Asia to open on 13 Nov.

Views - 22 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

The 5th edition of the highly successful Intex South Asia in Sri Lanka will take place at BMICH, Colombo, from 13-15 November. This year, more than 200+ leading suppliers from 12 countries and region will participate to promote their business and exp


Singer Fashion Academy paves way for aspiring fashion entrepreneurs

Views - 20 Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

Everyone likes to hear a good success story, especially one that involves an individual going through a learning curve in life that eventually ends up changing their life for the better within a short period of time. This sentiment is one that has be


MTI enables Asia’s top ethnic fashion brand to explore Sri Lanka

Views - 46 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

An international delegation from Khaadi, an iconic fast fashion retail force, will be in Sri Lanka this week to meet potential franchise partners. Khaadi has identified Sri Lanka as a high potential market to establish its premium ethnic fashion bra


Samarphanam sarees to light up Colombo this Diwali

Views - 120 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

Samarphanam Entertainment will be hosting its second saree and jewellery exhibition at the Mangaiyar Mandapam Saiva Mangaiyar Vidyalayam on 18 and 19 October. The entertainment company, which hosts several events, exhibitions and concerts in various


Singer Fashion Academy aims to uplift Sri Lankan talent in fashion industry

Views - 28 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

The global fashion industry continues to gain traction at the moment and with the current stance of evolutionary change we see becoming almost a norm worldwide, it is no doubt an industry that brings with it a lot of innovative creativity and opens d


AOD School of Fashion and Global Fashion Exchange collaborate

Views - 37 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

AOD School of Fashion hosted a ‘fashion swap’ exchange for the first time in Sri Lanka, facilitating new ways for people to connect through what they wear. The partnership is part of AOD’s larger body of work in driving sustainability and circu


Fashion Bug introduces ‘Activewear’

Views - 32 Wednesday, 9 October 2019 00:00

Fashion Bug launched a brand new collection titled ‘Activewear’ at the network’s showroom in Wellawatte. The collection is made up of fashionable, comfortable and high quality sports wear and accessories for men and women from Fashion Bug owned


New season of swim and luxury resort wear edition showcased by 16 designers across 3 venues

Views - 61 Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:00

Swim and luxury resort wear is a fast-expanding new growth category across the globe. OLU Swim Week Colombo as a luxury resort wear edition is thus strategic to the growth of the fashion design industry of Sri Lanka and profiles Sri Lanka as an impor


Beverly Street Department Store opens in Bambalapitiya

Views - 169 Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte In a bid to give the customers a more wholesome shopping experience, the newest Beverly Street Department Store was opened this week at 772 Galle Road, in the heart of Bambalapitiya with greater focus on lifestyle products from lo


Hameedia celebrates summer with a special linen collection

Views - 53 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

Hameedia, Sri Lanka’s internationally-renowned menswear specialist, celebrates the joy and warmth of summer with a specially-created linen collection this year. Being one of the oldest and most versatile fabrics in the world, linen is now one of th


Singer Fashion Awards 2019 concludes successfully

Views - 115 Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00

The Singer Fashion Awards 2019, recognising the efforts of fashion diploma students pursuing the course from the Singer Fashion Academy, held their annual fashion show and awards ceremony recently at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Cent


Swim Week designers accessorise couture with haute designer eyewear from Vision Care

Views - 52 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:00

Vision Care, the island’s leading eye care solutions provider showcased its designer eyewear at Swim Week Colombo, as the Official Eyewear Partner of the premier fashion event which took place from 3-10 August. Models sashayed down the ramp in reso


Crocodile Sri Lanka ‘Upgrades’ men’s wardrobes

Views - 119 Wednesday, 4 September 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan gent need look no further for sartorial inspiration, for Crocodile Lanka launched its exciting new menswear capsule on Tuesday 27 August at a thrilling fashion show held at The Stables in Park Street Mews. The dapper new collection the


AMDT, School of Creativity partners with UK’s Falmouth Uni to offer Creative Degrees in Sri Lanka

Views - 77 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:00

As a part of its ongoing efforts to build and inspire a creative Sri Lanka, AMDT, School of Creativity announced its new partnership with UK’s Falmouth University to offer Creative Degree courses in Sri Lanka. The forging of this new partnership he


Hirdaramani, Ellen MacArthur Foundation drive fashion industry’s shift towards circular economy

Views - 115 Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:00

The Hirdaramani Group together with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative hosted a transformative workshop on Tuesday, 27 August at the Hilton Colombo Residences, specifically designed for academics and students in the f


Daraz online Fashion Week now live

Views - 82 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

For those who are in need of a fashion fix, Sri Lanka’s only online fashion week, Daraz Fashion Week is back for the second consecutive year until 1 September with an amazing range of brands and designs to shop for. Leading local brands such as TO


Urban Island to showcase Sri Lankan design on the world stage

Views - 250 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

Trend-setting local brand Urban Island is taking its superb collection of “designed and made in Sri Lanka” textiles and homeware to Paris’s Maison et Objet in September. This will be the first time Urban Island is participating in this prestig


‘Hugs & Kisses’: For kids by kids

Views - 47 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

Ever had to deal with temper tantrums with kids who have their own dress sense and style and demand that they wear what they want? Or dealt with the dilemma of what to buy kids for their birthdays and special occasions? Or can relate to being called


Sukhet Dhir’s ‘He for She’ collection launched in SL

Views - 88 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte Prominent Indian designer Suket Dhir launched his new menswear collection for women titled ‘He for She’ for the first time in Sri Lanka at the Design Collective flagship store recently. During the event, he spoke on his caree


Teejay extends partnership with University of Moratuwa

Views - 127 Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

Teejay Lanka PLC, one of the largest knit fabric providers in South Asia, has announced an extension of its support to the University of Moratuwa for another two years, further strengthening a long standing and mutually beneficial partnership. A memo


Emerging Designer showcase in new format at OLU Swim Week Colombo

Views - 77 Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

The Emerging Designer segment which has been at the core of the CFW Design Development system since its inception 16 years ago took on an interesting new step forward in presenting the collections of high potential Sri Lankan designers at the fifth e


Singer Fashion Academy takes fashion design education to the next level

Views - 85 Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

The Singer Fashion Academy which has been in existence for over 60 years, epitomises the importance of offering students with the opportunity to realise their potential, showcase their talents and eventually, fulfil future aspirations. Being a subsid


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