Apparel / Fashion / Design

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

Views - 146 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 - 146 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 - 102 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 - 276 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 - 56 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 - 102 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 - 141 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 - 90 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 - 106 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


The Design Collective Edit store launched

Views - 150 Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte In a bid to provide Sri Lanka’s leading fashion creators with a second platform to showcase their labels apart from the flagship store, The Design Collective Edit store was launched over the weekend, displaying great excitement


Sri Lanka: Asia’s new sustainable influencer

Views - 331 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

Sculptural silhouettes, futuristic sports notes, underwear with the inscription Eco Lovers and long airy dresses in sari version. Just as in the rest of the world, fashion was multi-faceted when the students at the Colombian design school AOD, the Ac


3rd Responsible Fashion Summit to focus on circularity in fashion and ocean plastics

Views - 308 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

The third edition of Responsible Fashion Summit will take place on 8 August at Hilton Colombo. The Responsible Fashion Summit is a part of the Responsible Fashion Movement which was launched in 2017, with the key objectives of showcasing Sri Lanka as


Emerald Active re-invents a wardrobe staple – the casual shirt

Views - 96 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

Emerald, Sri Lanka’s specialists in luxury-grade menswear, have unveiled a dapper, new look for their smart-casual range, Emerald Active. The premium shirting brand’s new collection of informal -yet trendy- button-down shirts is aimed at the gent


Meghan guest edits British Vogue, features “Forces for Change” women

Views - 72 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Meghan, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, has chosen to feature 15 women she considers “Forces for Change” on the cover of the September issue of British Vogue that she guest edited, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday. The Duchess


Fashionmarket.lk: Sri Lanka’s fashion retail groundbreaker reveals story behind new identity

Views - 599 Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:39

When fashionmarket.lk first entered Sri Lanka’s style scene, things were just starting to change. There were consumers with growing spending power looking for homegrown designer brands to wear proudly, and the retail experiences were just starting


‘Incredible Textiles of India’ – IITExpo 2019 from 29 to 31 July

Views - 120 Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:37

The Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL), set up by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, will be organising the exhibition cum buyer seller meet ‘India International Textiles Expo’ or IITExpo Colombo 2019, on 29


SWX-ShirtWorks offers world-class bespoke shirts to CH17 corporate membership

Views - 137 Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:37

Perfect fit, stylish cut and tailored to measure are the current trends among young corporate executives. SWX is planning to do just that by meeting the demands of fashion-conscious executives through a special innovative program jointly with CH17 Co


Singers Solange and Lisa star in Paris fashion week’s finale

Views - 84 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

PARIS (AFP): The curtain came down on Paris men’s fashion Sunday with two high-concept shows that had walk-on roles for Solange and K-pop sensation Lisa. Kenzo’s design duo Carol Lim and Humberto Leon said goodbye to the French label with Solang


India International Textiles Expo 2019 in July in Colombo

Views - 187 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council (PDEXCIL), set up by Ministry of Textiles, Government of India is organising an exhibition cum buyer seller meet,‘India International Textiles Expo’ IITExpo Colombo 2019, during 29, 30 and 31Jul


‘The Hameedia Wedding Touch’ launched

Views - 112 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

Hameedia, the leading menswear brand in Sri Lanka that is synonymous with style and quality, recently launched its newest campaign ‘The Hameedia Wedding Touch’. Focused on creating the perfect groom for his biggest day, the Hameedia Wedding Touc


Colombo Innovation Tower partners with Netherlands-based Fashion for Good

Views - 166 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lankan apparel industry and international sustainable fashion champions advocate sustainable fashion agenda out of Sri Lanka As a key partner in the region, Colombo Innovation Tower (CIT) is in an exceptional position to strengthen Fashion for Go


Colombo Innovation Tower to open this July 

Views - 1478 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 - 184 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 - 111 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 - 376 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 - 294 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 - 235 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 - 143 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 - 279 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 - 172 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


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COVID-19 – The dark side of global supply chains

Monday, 17 February 2020

The coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, outbreak in China has slowly but steadily rattled the global economy, disrupting virtually every major industry, from food, fashion, pharmaceuticals, entertainment to automobiles and technology. The first casu


Covid-19 and its effect on the airline industry

Monday, 17 February 2020

The effects of the Coronavirus, now named Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), has already had a numbing effect on the airline industry. Sadly, it appears that the worst is yet to come. SARS in 2002 Readers who remember the Severe Acute


Coronavirus epidemic and China’s slowdown: Economic impact on Sri Lanka

Monday, 17 February 2020

On 28 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a global emergency. The new virus emerged in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province in China but has now spread to at least 27 other coun


Doing bigger and better

Monday, 17 February 2020

When I say this to my colleagues, many misinterpret it as working for a bigger enterprise with better perks. Well, that is not what I mean. This truly is a confusing and opportunistic statement. During the three decades of my entrepreneurial exper


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