Fashion

Signature Brand joins Colombo Shopping Festival as Official Men’s Garment Partner

Views - 28 Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

Colombo Shopping Festival, the most awaited shopping extravaganza is ready to bring an unmatched experience that shoppers will never forget from 16 to 23 December at the BMICH. The biggest shopping gala in the upcoming Christmas season is organised b


Curating the true International Fashion Week Experience in SL

Views - 151 Tuesday, 24 October 2017 00:00

With Sri Lanka’s first-ever international fashion week— Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week — announced recently, there is much talk about the event in the usual fashion circles, and even outside them. There is a good reason why the public is excited ab


Building a thriving fashion business ecosystem in Sri Lanka

Views - 1041 Monday, 23 October 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka is to witness its first international fashion event this month with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Hosted as a joint coalition between Sri Lanka’s most dynamic design educator AOD, the automotive giant Dimo and the multi-billion dollar local


Design and why it matters for manufacturing

Views - 35 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

Design is often looked at as the icing on the manufacturing cake – something that most manufacturers leave to marketing and selling, and of course, early stage ideation.


Singer Fashion Academy expands to help students showcase talents and build entrepreneurial mindset

Views - 38 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

The Singer Fashion Academy, celebrated for teaching the nation the art of sewing and nurturing creative skills among a large number of individuals expanded its branch network recently adding Academies in the towns of Warakapola, Mt. Lavinia, Pilimata


Barefoot House Showcase 2017 on 11 November

Views - 337 Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

The unique Barefoot – The House Collection 2017 showcase will be held on 11 November at 7:30 p.m. at the Barefoot Garden Cafe.


South Asian Apparel Leadership Forum to share insights on seizing opportunity with world’s 2nd large

Views - 43 Thursday, 19 October 2017 10:14

China’s emergence as an economic super-force has been a topic for over a decade now. Powered by the world’s largest populace, China’s rise has astonished, inspired and threatened other economies around the world. And just as the world prepared


Future consumer and biz intelligence from world’s leading foresight experts at South Asian Apparel L

Views - 49 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

The 2017 edition of the prestigious apparel and business meeting-of-minds – the South Asian Apparel Leadership Forum – has announced that the world renowned business foresight and innovation consultancy – Future Laboratory will be part of its i


Fast Retailing tailors a bright future in Asia

Views - 33 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

Hong Kong (Reuters Breakingviews): Fast Retailing is tailoring a bright future in Asia. Full-year results show the 3.5 trillion yen ($ 32 billion) fashion retailer behind Uniqlo is back on track overseas: growing rapidly across the region, staunching


Loyalists unhappy as Coach becomes Tapestry Inc

Views - 44 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

Reuters: Iconic luxury handbag maker Coach Inc risked Wall Street and social media ire last week by announcing a change of its corporate name to Tapestry Inc, as it evolves into a multi-brand upscale retailer.


Azam Habib MD of Grace Lanka Apparels appointed as President of SLABA

Views - 73 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka Apparel Brands Association (SLABA), an association established to protect and uplift the domestic garment manufacturers of the nation announced Azam Habib, the Managing Director of Grace Lanka Apparels Ltd., as the new president of its exec


Gucci bans fur, joining others in seeking alternatives

Views - 40 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

Paris (Reuters): Italy’s Gucci will stop using fur in its designs from next year, joining a growing number of fashion houses looking at alternatives after coming under pressure from animal rights activists and changing consumer tastes.


Ocean Lanka felicitates long-serving employees at Loyalty Awards 2017

Views - 32 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

Ocean Lanka, one of the largest weft knitted fabric manufacturer in Sri Lanka, recently held its second annual awards ceremony ‘Loyalty Awards 2017’ to felicitate more than 100 long serving employees who have served the company since its inceptio


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to elevate apparel and fashion industry to new heights

Views - 90 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

Mercedes Benz, a globally-renowned automobile brand, and Diesel and Motor Engineering Company Plc (DIMO), in partnership with the Academy of Design (AOD), will be holding the first-ever international fashion platform in Sri Lanka from 27-30 October.


South Asian Apparel Leadership Forum 2017 to supercharge apparel industry vision with groundbreaking

Views - 4773 Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

The South Asian Apparel Leadership Forum, which has been an influential voice in the local apparel industry’s evolution, recently announced its first independent edition held under the theme ‘Design & Make’.


Lanka Leather Fashion renews commitment to sustainability

Views - 123 Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

Continuing strongly on the environmental responsibility journey that they embarked on two years ago, leading high-end leather garment manufacturer Lanka Leather Fashion Ltd. (LLF) recently renewed its CarbonNeutral® certification for the third year


Lanka’s move to own global travel fashion domain materialises as ‘Sri’ SS18 debuts at London Fashion

Views - 76 Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

The soon-to-launch Lankan sustainable lifestyle brand ‘Sri’ took to the catwalks of London Fashion Week 2017, wowing what is perhaps one of the most influential audiences in the world.


Nigerian fashion magazine stirs debate about men in skirts

Views - 31 Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

Lagos (Reuters): Nigerians who say a new online fashion magazine promotes homosexuality by featuring men wearing makeup or clad only in miniskirts have misunderstood its agenda, according to its founder.


Fashion giants LVMH and Kering ban size zero models

Views - 65 Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

Paris (Reuters): French fashion companies Kering and LVMH will stop hiring excessively thin models worldwide under a new charter developed in response to continued criticism the industry encourages eating disorders.


Tommy Hilfiger closes out London Fashion Week with ‘rock circus’ show

Views - 43 Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): US designer Tommy Hilfiger closed out London Fashion Week with a rock-themed show held at a venue famous for classic rock concerts, featuring model and social media star Gigi Hadid as the centerpiece of the event.


AOD launches fashion business program in partnership with Northumbria University UK

Views - 62 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 - 22 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 - 322 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 - 813 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 - 812 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 - 724 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 - 1113 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 - 958 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 - 1370 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 - 922 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


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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Periodically the tourism industry is in the habit of coming up with some interesting name to describe a new emerging trend or situation in the industry. Sometimes the phenomena is not new, but has become relevant and topical enough to ‘package’ a


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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The rupee depreciated by Rs. 29 from 2005 to 2014 and the average year-on-year depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee was 2.8% per year. Official foreign reserves increased from $ 2.7 billion to $ 8.2 billion over the same period. In stark contrast, th


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


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