Summary First Convention day

The IAF’s 32nd World Fashion Convention has kicked off with a very motivated and attentive audience of about 250 Indian brands and manufacturers and industry representatives from about 20 countries across the world.

The Convention was opened by Rahul Mehta, President of both the co-hosts of the Convention, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI).

The theme of the convention ‘Insights into new opportunities’ was very clearly carried by all four sessions of the day, with topics ranging from sourcing and supply chain management, to trade policy and from retailing in India to technology. With total global retail sales expected to grow from US$ 1.7 trillion to US$ 2.6 trillion in 2025,  growth is sure, but making a profit and benefiting from this growth is not. That requires insights and actions.

Opportunities that were highlighted in the first day of the Convention include the Free Trade Agreement between India and the EU, lower costs through better cooperation between buyers and suppliers, opportunities in countries in Africa and in Russia, the dizzying growth of the market in India and the disruptive power offered by robotics and computing technologies.

The Convention will continue on Wednesday September 28th with a session on branding a session on denim featuring Gas Jeans owner Claudio Grotto.

More Speakers Announced

The IAF together with the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India is hosting the 32nd IAF World Fashion Convention in Mumbai (India) on 27-28 September, 2016.  An impressive cast of speakers is ready to present their view of the cutting edge developments in our fascinating fashion industry.

IAF Conventions are known for covering a broad range of strategic issues such as Sourcing, Retailing, Technology, Denim and Branding. And they are known to combine deep local insights with a true global outlook. The speakers are therefore a strong combination of the top of the Indian fashion industry and international experts.

Among others, for the sourcing session, Alex Thomas, VP of VF Corporation will share the floor with Mr. Faruque Hassan, Senior Vice President of Bangladesh BGMEA, and Fred LeMoine of Weave/TAL from Hong Kong.

The branding session really brings together the top of the Indian branded market, featuring the President for Raymond Apparel and the Indian market CEOs of Bestseller, Tommy Hilfiger and Nike.

The retail session will cover the fascinating story of one of the largest ánd fastest growing markets for fashion in the world with Reliance, Shoppers Stop and Arvind brands.

Finally, no future vision in the fashion industry is complete without a session on technology. In Mumbai the major global technology suppliers to the fashion industry WGSN, WTiN, Alvanon and Lectra will explain how tech is changing fashion’s industry.

The theme for this Convention is ‘Insights into New Opportunities’. The Convention will be held at the Trident Nariman Point Hotel, right on the Arabian Sea, boasting a beautiful view over the Queen’s necklace and Mumbai’s fast expanding skyline.

To register or for more information, please visit www.iafconventionmumbai.com.

32nd IAF World Fashion Convention Speaker Announcement

The program for the IAF’s 32nd World Fashion Convention in Mumbai is going to be truly world class with a speakers list that is worthy for one of our industry’s main international fora. The IAF and the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) have combined forces to bring you a very strong combination of international speakers and the real top of the Indian apparel business.

Adriano Goldschmied, founder of Diesel and Replay; Vineet Gautam, CEO of Bestseller India; Alex Thomas, Vice President at VF; Shailesh Chaturvedi, CEO Tommy Hilfiger India; Faruque Hassan, senior vice president of BGMEA; J. Suresh, CEO of Arvind Brands and Darshan Mehta, President of Reliance brands are just a few of the absolute top speakers that this year’s Convention will bring together for a group of Indian and international delegates from September 26th-28th in the Trident Hotel Nariman Point in Mumbai, India.

The IAF’s 32nd World Fashion Convention in Mumbai will bring together some of the leading industry stakeholders across the value chain to deliberate and present insights into various opportunity areas – covering the entire spectrum from manufacturing to technology to branding and retailing. Also, each IAF Convention has as one of its main goals to connect in a profound way the local fashion industry of the host country to the global fashion industry network. In the world, India stands out for the size of its domestic market, for its enviable growth rate, for its deep rooted own design tradition, but also for its enormous complexity. Therefore, during this convention, insights into the fast growing Indian domestic market given by major Indian players will give delegates a very good understanding of how to capitalize on growth opportunities in complex emerging markets.

As a prime networking platform, encompassing several days of conference and memorable social events, the 32nd IAF World Fashion Convention not only gives insights into new opportunities, it actually creates new opportunities for all participants as well. Please visit www.iafconventionmumbai.com for more information on speakers and registration.

Earlybird extended till July 15th!

IAF and CMAI have decided to extend the deadline for the earlybird rate of € 295 for IAF members and € 595 for non members to Friday, July 15th. Although the registrations are coming in from all over the world in a steady stream, we realise that you may need a little bit more time to decide on your trip to Mumbai. To help you decide to come, we have posted here below the preliminary conference component program, as it is taking shape. We will have excellent speakers, offering deep and valuable insights about the main components of our fashion industry.

The Convention will be a great learning experience, about the state of the art developments in the industry, but certainly also about the Indian apparel market. The conference component of the program takes place on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th of September. On Sunday the 25th you can participate in the IAF Golf Tournament, on Wedneday afternoon the 28th there will be a unique retail tour in Mumbai. And of course, delegates will have plenty opportunities to network during lunches, coffee breaks, a welcome reception and a gala dinner, all held in the beautiful Trident Hotel Nariman Point. For those wishing to extend their stay, the study and leisure tour to Goa will start on Thursday September 29th to Saturday October 1st.

If you have any questions please send an email to crietee@iafnet.com

Registration for the IAF’s 32nd IAF World Fashion Convention open

The IAF together with the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India is hosting the 32nd IAF World Fashion Convention in Mumbai (India) on 27-28 September, 2016.  The theme for this Convention is ‘Insights into New Opportunities’. The Convention will be held at one of Mumbai’s premier hotels, the Trident Nariman Point.

All international delegates can now register here

As IAF Conventions do, the Mumbai Convention will cover a broad range of global strategic issues such as Sourcing, Retailing, Technology, Denim and Branding. Speakers that are confirmed include denim guru Adriano Goldschmied and representatives of such world renowned apparel companies as VF, Bestseller, Tommy Hilfiger, Arvind, TAL and G-Star, associations from Bangladesh and Africa, and global apparel industry specialists as WGSN, Alvanon and the Cotton Council.

Indian Apparel Markets
The Convention combines a global outlook with a closer look at the host country, India. Clearly India’s fast growing markets offers many opportunities but good insights are required to capitalize on the them.

More than a conference
Traditionally,  IAF Conventions are more than just a conference. Excellent social activities provide good opportunities for networking  within the global apparel industry network.This year, delegates will be treated to a Golf Tournament, a welcome reception, a gala dinner and a Mumbai retail tour. The experience can be extended with an extra study and leisure tour to Goa.

EarlyBird Discount
An early bird rate giving a € 100 discount will be valid until June 23rd. IAF members registering now pay €295 and non members pay € 595 (excluding study and leisure tour).

Save the date for the 32nd IAF World Fashion Convention, Mumbai, India

Mumbai_skyline88907The IAF together with the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India is hosting the 32nd IAF World Fashion Convention in Mumbai (India) on 27-28 September, 2016.  The theme for this Convention is ‘Insights into New Opportunities’. The Convention will be held at the Trident Nariman Point Hotel, right on the Arabian Sea, boasting a beautiful view over the Queen’s necklace and Mumbai’s fast expanding skyline.

India has  one of the world’s fastest growing economies  and is on a close watch by International brands, retailers and manufacturers. It serves as an excellent backdrop for this Convention’s theme. Clearly India offers many opportunities but good insights are required to capitilise on the them.

With action inducing debate and exchange of ideas the Convention will cover a broad range of strategic issues such as Sourcing, Retailing, Technology, Denim and Branding. Traditionally, IAF Conventions travel the global and combine deep local insights and industry involvement with a true global outlook and a global participation of speakers and delegates. So, the Convention’s speakers cast will again form a strong combination of Indian and international industry leaders, from brands, retailers, manufacturers, academia and suppliers to the industry. To support the Convention’s unique denim Adriano Goldschmied has accepted to be a speaker.

IAF Conventions are known for their prominent and high quality speakers. Past speakers include top executives from Hugo Boss, H&M, Inditex, Desigual, G-Star, Esquel, Tommy Hilfiger, Zegna and Benetton. For the 2016 Mumbai Convention confirmed speakers include Adriano Goldschmied, and executives from VF, Arvind, WGSN, Lectra, Shoppers Stop and Bestseller. Many more will follow.

Registration will open in a few weeks.
For more information, please check with Crietee@iafnet.com.