Insights to ‘Inclusive’ direction of swimwear, resortwear at TrendSwim seminars

Views - 990 Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:01

 In its second edition of Trendswim, the paradigm shifts strongly towards more environmentally sustainable and ethical practices in line with Swim Week Colombo’s new global positioning Green Conscious Earth Sensitive.  In a serie

J.C. Penney pushes into toy sales in move away from apparel

Views - 975 Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:01

Reuters: Department store operator J.C. Penney Co Inc said it was opening toy shops in all its stores and was planning to have a bigger assortment of toys available in time for the holiday season, as it seeks new avenues of growth amid weak sales.

Japan Uniqlo owner’s quarterly profit boosted by brisk business in Asia

Views - 936 Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:01

Tokyo (Reuters): Japan’s Fast Retailing Co Ltd , owner of clothing chain Uniqlo, posted a 7.5% rise in quarterly operating profit, driven by its expanding business in Asia that offset weakness at home where a softer yen increased costs. Ov

Gucci revamp, YSL strength help Kering beat forecasts

Views - 945 Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:01

Paris (Reuters): French luxury group Kering delivered a forecast-beating rise in first-half operating profit on Thursday after a successful revival of its biggest brand, Italy’s Gucci, and a strong showing by fashion house Yves Saint Laurent

Italian motorcycle maker Ducati to launch its apparel line exclusively through Flipkart

Views - 912 Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:01

New Delhi: Ducati fans in India have more than bikes to look forward to — the Italian motorcycle maker is bringing its apparel line to the country in an exclusive licensing deal with ecommerce giant Flipkart, two people aware of the developm

Opera-inspired collection dazzles audience at India Couture Week in New Delhi

Views - 1948 Tuesday, 1 August 2017 00:01

Designer Monisha Jaising left the audience at India Couture Week (ICW) in New Delhi agape on 28 July with the exuberant fabrics and free-flowing silhouettes of her ‘Opera’ collection. Inspired by the Italian art form of opera, Jaisin

Sri Lanka exports to rise after regaining GSP+ status: Oxford Biz Group

Views - 1736 Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:50

  The recent decision by the EU to once again cover Sri Lanka under its tariff exemption scheme, designed to assist developing countries in achieving upper middle‐income status, should serve to boost exports and generate re

DSI partners with Star Points to launch unique loyalty program

Views - 1676 Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:49

From left: Dialog Axiata PLC New Business Development Manager Chandana Paththinige, Dialog Axiata PLC New Business Development Head of Group Business Development Chinthana Jayasekara, Dialog Axiata PLC Mobile Telecommunications Head of Business As

Using design to reinvent Lankan leather and footwear industry

Views - 1780 Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:49

     With all industries being pushed to reinvent and transform to meet a future that does not play by the old rules, Sri Lanka’s leather and footwear industry too, is keen for learning opportunities that can h

International Graduate Fashion Spectacle

Views - 1628 Friday, 7 July 2017 00:00

International Graduate Fashion Spectacle (IGFS) being the first time in Sri Lanka of this type, will be making this event spectacular by mesmerising its guests from the instigation till the conclusion of the event leaving a mark in their memory of

Dress up in style this wedding season with Hameedia

Views - 1533 Friday, 7 July 2017 00:00

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and it symbolises the start of a beautiful journey. As a groom, all eyes will be on you and your bride, so it is truly important that you stand out and grace your special occasion in styl

The Outlet Store celebrates Father’s Day

Views - 1526 Friday, 7 July 2017 00:00

The Outlet Store, Colombo’s newest fashion departmental store featuring latest trends for an exclusive family shopping experience at affordable prices, recently celebrated Father’s Day (18 June) with many surprising gifts, special offe

DSI opens Sri Lanka’s first exclusive Arrow store

Views - 1436 Friday, 7 July 2017 00:00

D. Samson & Sons Ltd. celebrated the opening of the first exclusive Arrow store in Sri Lanka at 160/1, Bauddaloka Mawatha, Colombo 04. D. Samson & Sons Ltd. Chairman Nandadasa Rajapaksa, D. Samson & Sons Ltd. Managing Director Thusit

Envoy London appointed as Official Clothing Partner of Mr. England 2017 contest

Views - 1331 Friday, 7 July 2017 00:00

Leading men’s wear brand Envoy London was appointed as Official Clothing Partner of the highly contested Mr. England 2017 pageant for the second consecutive year. The contestants, all winners of their respective regions will be clothed by

TrendSwim by Swim Week brings industry leaders together to discuss trends

Views - 1167 Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00

  Expert forum to discuss future direction Swim Week Colombo, with its title partner Olu Tropical Water, presents another edition of the highly-anticipated segment TrendSwim, which will feature an expe

Emerald and AOD look to redesign local industry

Views - 1609 Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00

From left: Emerald International Head of HR Sepali Hettiarachchi, Emerald International Head of Marketing Kisani Dahanayake, Emerald International Head of Design and Development Arun Kumar, Emerald International Manager Operations Ahmed Ikram, Eme

Raffles Design Institute holds ‘Saviskara’ Graduation, Exhibition and Fashion Show 2017

Views - 1640 Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:02

Raffles Institute of Higher Education Colombo, the premier design education provider in Sri Lanka celebrated its fourth graduation ceremony, exhibition and fashion show ‘Saviskara’ recently at the Ramada Hotel Liberty Ballroom. Raffl

AOD launches ‘Design Wire’, supporting design innovation in industry

Views - 1387 Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:01

Design Wire kicks off with first talk geared for the advertising industry Presented in collaboration with British Council and Daily FT, Design Wire is a monthly talk series hosted by AOD to support design led innovation within industry

Championing digital transformation for the fashion and apparel industry

Views - 2428 Thursday, 1 June 2017 00:37

From breaking into India’s $ 35 billion online fashion sector to becoming one of its favourite e-players,, has been creating waves in India and beyond. The Lankan entrepreneur behind it all – Linda Speldewinde, shares

New Signature showroom opens at Majestic City Complex

Views - 2376 Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:10

  Popular menswear brand Signature proudly inaugurated a brand new showroom at the Majestic City Complex, the most central shopping destination in Colombo.  The new showroom was formally inaugurated by the Chief Guest

Chalmway International Hair and Beauty Institute holds 16th Graduation Ceremony

Views - 2453 Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:00

    The 16th graduation ceremony of Chalmway International Hair and Beauty Institute (CIHBI) was held at the Bishop’s College Auditorium in the presence of a host of distinguished guests including Harris Wijesinghe

First-ever US Lanka Fashion Week in New York in June

Views - 2430 Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:00

  Boston Lanka has announced the first-ever US Lanka Fashion week in Staten Island, New York next month.  The Sri Lankan fashion week in New York will be the first-ever event to promote Sri Lankan fashion exclusively i

Singer Fashion Academy unveils Needle Painting Exhibition 2017

Views - 2507 Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:00

  Singer Sri Lanka has come forth to unveil the Needle Painting Exhibition at the J. D. A. Perera Gallery on 4 May in Colombo. The exhibition is conducted by the Singer Fashion Academy by bringing together the works of the best stu

Biggest CFW to date concludes with Celebrating Colombo

Views - 2355 Wednesday, 3 May 2017 00:00

  Designer development shone among week-long fashion and design events HSBC Colombo Fashion Week concluded its summer season as the biggest, under the theme ‘Celebrate Colombo’ in association with Sri Lanka

LiCC Jeaneration launches water-proof denim jeans with 9 other exciting variants

Views - 2550 Wednesday, 3 May 2017 00:00

Firebrand jeans retailer Long Island Clothing Company (LiCC) last week launched a trail blazing brand of water-proof jeans and thus takes the much favoured denim jeans to yet another level. The launch of the water-proof jeans titled LiCC Libert&

Pond’s BB+ adds a pop of colour with Neons and Nudes at CFW 2017

Views - 3584 Monday, 27 March 2017 00:09

As one of the leading skin care brands in the world, Pond’s unveiled the Pond’s BB+ looks for 2017 themed under ‘Neons and Nudes’ in collaboration with renowned Indian makeup artist Pallavi Symons. Bringing out t

Hameedia launches novel ‘Andum Mesaya’ promotion to celebrate Avurudu

Views - 3504 Monday, 27 March 2017 00:08

To celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Hameedia, Sri Lanka’s leading menswear specialist recently launched the very first ‘Andum Mesaya’ Avurudu promotion across its showrooms island-wide. Drawing inspiration from

Styleheads: The new fashion movement

Views - 3303 Monday, 27 March 2017 00:07

Shirtworks, the retail face of Sri Lanka’s iconic fashion brand, Emerald just got a make-over, a new attitude, and returns to Colombo in a fresh new avatar… as SWX at Liberty Plaza, Colombo. Its mission is to inspire Colombo

Virtual Closet launched for the first time in Sri Lanka

Views - 2868 Monday, 27 March 2017 00:03

Another innovative experience by Etisalat Business Solutions As a mobile service provider who is constantly looking for avenues of innovation and enhancing customer experiences Etisalat recently conducted activations with t

The Residences at One Galle Face partners with CFW to present Art Connect

Views - 2812 Monday, 27 March 2017 00:02

Shangri-La Hotels Lanka Deputy General Manager and Director of Finance Rajeev Garg (left) with Colombo Fashion Week Founder and President Ajai V. Singh   Showing the connection between creativity with fashion and art,

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Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about

The fate of the rupee: Central Bank is caught with ‘Devil’s Alternative’

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Not all are losing when the rupee depreciates The recent depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar in the market has apparently driven the entire nation to a panic mode. While it had been a field day for the media and opposition law makers, the

Southbound rupee and northbound CoL

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The Sri Lankan Rupee hit a record low of 170 per $ last week, and the Minister of Finance warns of further depreciation. This is inevitable given the chaotic state of the nation’s economy. While the rupee turns south, CoL (cost of living) has no o

In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

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