Apparel / Fashion / Design

Colombo Innovation Tower to open this July 

Views - 309 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:40

Design is at the heart of everything and everyone has woken up to it. With a new AOD 3.0 model in the making, AOD is well poised to be the engine at the Colombo Innovation Tower, together with many tech and international design partners to deliver wh


Investor enthusiasm grows as Hela Clothing completes Series A funding round

Views - 39 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:38

Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer, Hela Clothing Group, announced it has completed the balance raise of $ 3.6 million from its Series A funding round bringing the total equity raised to $ 10 million, following an advisory board visit in Sri Lanka by al


Singer Fashion Academy hosts free workshops for fashion entrepreneurs

Views - 18 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:37

Giving an opportunity for future fashion entrepreneurs and designers in the country to obtain the knowledge and techniques required to progress in building their design collections and fashion businesses, The Singer Fashion Academy has commenced a se


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka announces November dates for 2019

Views - 113 Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:04

Organised by AOD in collaboration with Dimo, MBFW SL is one of South Asia’s premier global fashion showcases, taking place annually in Sri Lanka. It unlocks powerful opportunities for regional fashion designers, wearable brands and apparel business


Vantage launches top quality innerwear line

Views - 105 Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:00

Vantage, one of Sri Lanka’s most respected men’s fashion labels, launched their brand new range of Vantage Innerwear at a gala launch event held at the Shangri-La, Colombo. The event took place at the Lotus Ballroom at Shangri-La, Colombo recentl


Asia’s top ethnic fashion brand to enter Sri Lanka

Views - 113 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:58

Khaadi, an iconic fast fashion retail force, has appointed MTI Consulting for its Sri Lanka market entry. Having carried out an initial market feasibility study, Khaadi has identified the high potential to establish the premium ethnic fashion brand i


HUGO BOSS launches BOSS Spring/Summer 2019 Collection in Sri Lanka

Views - 71 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:57

California Breeze Made at the brand’s technical centre in Germany, the BOSS Spring/Summer 2019 collection takes inspiration from the coastal cities and modern houses overlooking the ocean in California. This overlap of beach and metropolitan life i


Hameedia joins Cinnamon City Weddings 2019 as Official Grooms’ Clothing partner

Views - 66 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:53

Sri Lanka’s leading menswear brand Hameedia recently joined hands with Cinnamon City Weddings 2019 as its Official Menswear/Grooms’ Clothing partner. “As we celebrate our 70th anniversary this year, our wedding wear campaign will raise the bar


Dialog partners with Colombo Fashion Week to bring the best of Sri Lankan fashion

Views - 73 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has partnered with Colombo Fashion Week, the leading event on the Sri Lankan fashion and design industry calendar, to bring forth a progressive change to every aspect of the fashion indu


Fashion meets chocolate at Shangri-La Hotel Colombo

Views - 87 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

In celebration of HSBC Colombo Fashion Week 2019 Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo unlocks new possibilities and presents the beautiful chocolate designs of the creative culinary team of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. “The natural and stylistic world of fashi


TRESemmé to launch into Sri Lanka in style at Colombo Fashion Week 2019

Views - 68 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

Inspiring women to play with their personal style and adopt the latest looks from the catwalk to their everyday, Unilever Sri Lanka is set to launch TRESemmé – a global hair-care brand to Sri Lanka by partnering Day 3 of the Colombo Fashion Week,


CFW Film Festival highlights talent through fashion videos shot on smartphones

Views - 81 Thursday, 28 February 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte Bringing out talent of emerging young directors through creative videos shot on smartphones, the first-ever Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) Film Festival kicked off this Monday highlighting trends in the industry. A good start to the


Colombo Fashion Week mentorship program

Views - 46 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:00

Colombo Fashion Week is conducting a new mentorship program where the 12 high potential Emerging Designers selected through the CFW system are mentored and guided through a new mentorship format, created to lead the Emerging Designers in design and r


Fashion startup Zilingo raises $226 million from Singapore’s Temasek, others

Views - 58 Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Southeast Asian fashion startup Zilingo said it has raised $226 million in its latest funding round from existing backers such as venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, with Singapore’s Temasek Holdings joining as a new investor


HSBC Colombo Fashion Week collaborates with Turkey to explore opportunities in fashion development

Views - 60 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

HSBC Colombo Fashion Week, in its 16th year, as per the vision The Next 15 expands the scope to include formal international collaborations to create opportunities for Sri Lankan designers and for the fashion design industry of Sri Lanka. This collab


Popular Indian fashion brand ‘W’ arrives at Colombo City Centre

Views - 166 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:40

The Colombo City Centre is now the site of a brand new ‘W’ Showroom, brought by D. Samson & Sons Ltd., a member of the DSI Samson Group. The third in the line of showrooms in Sri Lanka, it was opened on 28 January. W stores are also located in Ka


CFW 2019; a blend of fashion and film

Views - 306 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:31

By Divya Thotawatte Giving a new edge to the 16th edition of the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week, the film industry will be collaborating with fashion to create a platform to promote designs through visuals while highlighting Colombo as a tourist hub, said


Lankan companies upbeat on future prospects of Sri Lankan apparel exports to US

Views - 327 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:30

Eight leading Sri Lankan apparel exporters of the Chamber of Garment Exporters of Sri Lanka participated in the Apparel Sourcing USA exhibition, held in New York, USA from 21-23 January, with the objective of promoting Sri Lankan apparels in the US m


Next edition of Colombo Fashion Week with an expanded vision is here

Views - 319 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:08

The fashion development journey that started in 2003 turns another leaf in taking the fashion design industry to the next level in 2019. Colombo Fashion Week popularly known as CFW envisioned this journey at the beginning of the last 15 years which i


DIMO walks Sri Lankan fashion industry to international ramps

Views - 126 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:04

Young Sri Lankan fashion star Amesh Wijesekara has reached the international ramps of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, after his breakthrough appearance on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) Sri Lanka.


Valentino brings poetry to Paris with feast of flowers

Views - 73 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:03

Italian fashion label Valentino created a dreamlike ode to spring on the catwalk in Paris on Wednesday, as models appeared to float down the runway in a series of vaporous dresses adorned with shimmering flowers, oversized ruffles and feathers galore


Armani’s glittering Art Deco fashion draws stars in Paris

Views - 90 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:01

Italy’s Giorgio Armani played off bright reds against dazzling blue tones in his Haute Couture fashion collection in Paris on Tuesday, in an Art Deco-inspired feast of feathers, sequins, patent leather and crystals.


EDB salutes Sri Lanka apparel’s journey to success.

Views - 131 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:06

The apparel industry has witnessed a steady growth during the past few years and has surpassed the $ $ 5 b milestone, achieving the national target, and the industry aspires to have a more ambitious target to achieve $ 8 b by 2025. The apparel sector


AOD/Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week collaboration takes SL’s 1st fashion star to Berlin Fashion Week

Views - 87 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:01

Amesh Wijesekara – the first local fashion star to win the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Talent was selected to show at Berlin Fashion Week where his collection was received by the world’s fashion elite and international media. The critically acclaimed d


Informatics Institute of Technology initiates Colombo Fashion Dialogue

Views - 83 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), the pioneer in British higher education in Sri Lanka and the country’s premier IT and Business campus recently entered the fashion sphere with the introduction of Masters in Fashion Business Management. Ex


First artisan protection a reality by March

Views - 75 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s first-ever insurance cover for its artisans and craftsmen will commence this March. The insurance scheme, initially proposed by President Maithripala Sirisena in 2017, has been a rallying cry by many local craftsmen for years. Meanwhile


Design Futures: AOD highlights careers of the future for post O/L and A/L students

Views - 72 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

AOD has announced a future-focus day that’s all about the business of ingenuity and creative innovation. The one-day program and associated study experiences have been designed to help after AL and OL students, as well as beginner professionals and


AOD’s International Fashion Designer Amesh to showcase at Berlin Fashion Week

Views - 411 Monday, 14 January 2019 00:08

A powerful international collaboration between Sri Lanka and Germany was initiated by AOD in the recent past through creatively fuelled ventures backed by the German Embassy of Sri Lanka. As a part of this international relation and its potential to


Alpha Apparels named sector runner-up at NBE Awards 2018

Views - 101 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

Alpha Apparels, a manufacturer and exporter of intimate apparel wear, was named the runner-up in the Manufacturing Sector – Apparel, Textile and Leather Products at the recently held National Business Excellence Awards 2018 organised by the Nation


EDB promotes Sri Lanka apparel in France to maximise benefits under GSP+

Views - 137 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

EDB in its efforts to increase apparel exports to EU, organised an apparel promotion program in France by participating at the ‘Apparel Sourcing Paris 2018’ which is the leading sourcing trade fair held in Europe for the second consecutive year i


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