AOD launches fashion business program in partnership with Northumbria University UK

Views - 32 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Fashion, Sri Lanka’s power industry, is changing. With major shifts in tech, social values, consumer needs, available material resources, politics and economics affecting and creating a new retail world, with it the types of professional roles that

Intex South Asia in Colombo in November: Integrating South Asia and developing a manufacturing power

Views - 14 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

The World Bank has stated that South Asia is best placed to attract garment and textile businesses as the region is an industrial powerhouse due to rising exports with growth fuelled by robust domestic demand.

A&E strategically aligns with CGS to improve productivity through tech

Views - 310 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

A&E, a global leader in premium quality industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, announced this month its strategic alliance with CGS, a provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsour

Kantala first Sri Lankan fashion brand to successfully achieve crowdfunding target

Views - 781 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

  Sri Lankan fashion accessory brand – Kantala – recently launched their range of vegan fashion accessories internationally, via the crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo, catering to the fashionable yet conscious consumer. Th

Brian and Kamil, the designing duo wow audiences with their creations

Views - 781 Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

Kamil Hewavitharana and Brian Kerkoven, who showcased two of their latest collections at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, in Staten Island recently, wowed a gathering of Colombo’s elite ladies at a special viewing of their breathtaking collectio

Swim-Wall and Meubel House: A natural fit

Views - 710 Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

Furniture and swimwear may sound like an odd coupling at first, but when showcasing high-end fashion design at the retail level, utilising the right conceptual space can do wonders in terms of presentation, for an item of clothing as intimate as a

Germany supports Sri Lanka’s fashion and apparel industry with new global opportunities

Views - 1076 Wednesday, 9 August 2017 00:00

  AOD represents Sri Lanka at Berlin Fashion Week 2017; marks the beginning of exploring German fashion links in collaboration with the German Embassy Sri Lanka with its nominated attendee, Prabath Samarasooriya at Berlin Fas

Lankans at World Master Tailors convention

Views - 931 Wednesday, 2 August 2017 00:00

A delegation from Sri Lanka is attending a convention of the World Federation of Master Tailors (WFMT) in Taipei, Taiwan. The Sri Lankan team for the 37th convention of the WFMT is headed by Chaandana Wijesekera of the old-established Bristol Tail

‘Consciousness can impact action,’ leading the way for a new normal in swimwear and resortwear fashi

Views - 1334 Wednesday, 2 August 2017 00:00

  Multidisciplinary expert discussion at TrendSwim presented by Swim Week Colombo The second session of TrendSwim focused on ‘Good and Sustainable Fashion – Earth Conscious Future’. With the exponenti

Emerald International partners with CIM Sri Lanka

Views - 894 Wednesday, 2 August 2017 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Sri Lanka entered into its second year of corporate partnership with Emerald International Ltd., one of the leading menswear brands in Sri Lanka, to further strengthen the knowledge and expertise of marke

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

Views - 976 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 - 961 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 - 922 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 - 937 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 - 898 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 - 1936 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 - 1717 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 - 1661 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 - 1767 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 - 1611 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 - 1520 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 - 1507 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 - 1395 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 - 1309 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 - 1155 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 - 1581 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 - 1598 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 - 1379 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 - 2403 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 - 2342 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

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Deep design to the rescue: Solving wicked problems of the future

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Let me begin by stating a controversial opinion: our contemporary lives are defined by 200 years of dehumanisation. From the time of the industrial revolution, the nature of work and labour has changed dramatically. The relationship between man and

Exporting bras with imported fibre!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

In a recent World Bank publication, ‘South Asia’s Turn,’ two Sri Lankan organisations – MAS from apparel and Dilmah from agribusiness – receive recognition as global champions. While Dilmah is in control of its value chain and that was its

The Opposition’s 20th Amendment dilemmas

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

It’s the arithmetic, stupid! A no-confidence motion against the Leader of the Opposition, R. Sampanthan, is logical and legitimate

Sri Lanka: May Day and workers’ rights

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

May Day was declared a holiday in Sri Lanka in 1956 for the Government sector, bank and mercantile sectors.

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