Apparel / Fashion / Design

Vogue Jewellers, the trusted name for genuine blue sapphires

Views - 17 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

Blue sapphires, the exceptionally captivating gemstone with an aura of romance, has a striking lustre, making it one of the most sought-after gemstones. Universally known as Ceylon Sapphire, Sri Lanka is world renowned for the finest quality blue sap


Victoria’s best kept eye wear secrets hit Colombo

Views - 21 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

Comfortable, luxurious and stylish eye wear from Victoria’s Secret has hit the streets of Colombo. Exclusively available at Wickramarachchi Opticians, One Galle Face the latest collection was launched at a star-studded event held recently. The laun


Colombo Fashion Council unveils plans to raise Sri Lanka’s fashion industry standards

Views - 40 Tuesday, 7 January 2020 00:00

Sri Lanka’s fashion industry witnessed a dawn of a new era with the launch of the Colombo Fashion Council (CFC) recently. The event to celebrate the launch was held at The Office recently with the participation of key personalities from the fashion


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

Views - 74 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 - 26 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 - 51 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 - 112 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 - 45 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 - 65 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 - 51 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 - 22 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 - 28 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 - 35 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 - 49 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 - 135 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 - 40 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 - 45 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 - 54 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 - 75 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 - 247 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 - 66 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 - 128 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 - 60 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 - 127 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 - 133 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 - 139 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 - 98 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 - 265 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 - 53 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 - 96 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


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Research and Development: Is it essential for Sri Lanka?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Not long ago, on the day of our 71st Independence Day celebrations, the Army for the first time in our history paraded a locally built Multi-Barrel rocket launcher. It was never revealed that the Sri Lanka Army had an R&D wing named Center for Resear


Our heritage is Kandyan law; not Roman Dutch law as Rathana Thero thinks

Thursday, 23 January 2020

There were four bills presented by private members to the Parliament on 8 January (one bill is to be presented) which were already advertised in the gazette. They were to repeal the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act No. 44 of 1952; to repeal the Musli


Sri Lanka at tipping point ?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Let’s accept it, Sri Lanka is in trouble with the economy growing at +2.6%, exports declining for the fifth month in a row to register a marginal +1% growth, tourism declining by -20% and S&P credit rating at B with Negative Outlook, which sure ind


The importance of business incubators for emergence of new businesses

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The new Government is poised to enter an arena in the development of entrepreneurship in the country which most of the developed countries have succeeded at the initial stages as well as in continuous efforts. The appointment of the new chairman and


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