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We welcome the month of February by celebrating the inaugural of the 66th National Garment Fair in the Fair special issue of Apparel, with Kareena Kapoor Khan adorning the cover. The theme for this month is ‘Vision and Ambition’. We report on the Draw of Lots for the 66th National Garment Fair in ‘Fair Update’. This month’s ‘CMAI Rendezvous’ examines the working of the Conciliation and Arbitration Sub-Committee. The ‘Reports’ section offers a recap of the 33rd IAF World Fashion Convention and covers the celebration of Retail Employees’ Day across the country. As part of the ‘Industry Insights’ segment, we explore the forthcoming general trends in the apparel industry, examine the upcoming wellness wear market, understand how India is preparing its workforce through skill-training and present the various banking reforms available to female entrepreneurs and businesses lead by women. In ‘Trend Talk’, we gaze into the crystal ball to predict upcoming fashion trends and profile the return of fashion from the swinging seventies. Our segment titled ‘E-Space News’ analyses the impact of e-commerce on the apparel industry. In our ‘Trade Talk’ segment, we explore the cogs in the wheel of the Textile Value Chain. We also trace the ways in which technology can increase efficiency in the apparel industry in our ‘Tech Talk’ segment. We also carry a ‘Feature’ on woollen clothing and how it is adapted in various ways to suit the diverse Indian climate. In ‘Fabric Speak’, we profile the classic Mangalgiri fabrics of Andhra Pradesh. We also track upcoming trends in menswear in ‘Fashion Speak’.       

As usual, our ‘Regulars’ segment offers a round-up of important news and events along with a glimpse at the brands making waves, a look at what’s trending, and a preview of the forthcoming events in the world of apparel.

The Indian apparel, garments and textiles industry is a dynamic one. With the industry generating the second highest employment after agriculture in our country, it is no doubt that the trade is one of the people, by the people and for the people. Apparel, the monthly official trade magazine of the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI)—one of the largest apparel and garments bodies in the country—gives you the latest news and events specific to this industry, while delving deeper into issues plaguing it, new technologies adopted and the people who make things happen. The magazine regularly carries articles by industry experts, interviews with the who’s who of the industry, many of whom are members of the CMAI, and features upcoming and established brands and their latest collections. Apparel also exclusively covers any event hosted, organised or supported by the CMAI, including the bi-annual National Garment Fair, which is one of the largest apparel trade fairs in the sub-continent...