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The 69th NGF, held from July 15 to July 18, 2019, materialised successfully, and was met with an overwhelming response from both buyers and exhibitors. Apparel’s August issue carries in-depth chronicles of the same.

To begin with, the ‘69th NGF Special’ segment consists of an array of reports, including one that takes readers through all four days of the Fair in an elaborate manner; another report talks about the Business Networking Sessions, along with a feature on how Udaan, India’s pioneering B2B portal and title sponsor of the 69th NGF, fared at the event. The issue consists of a quotes aggregated from various Exhibitors, who lend us their take on the Union Budget 2019–2020, whether it will impact their businesses, and how. A delightful spread of glimpses from the Fair also takes its place in this issue. We also present an interview with Mr Rahul Mehta, President, CMAI, who opens up about this edition of the Fair, the changes and challenges experienced by the Fair’s Managing Committee, and their hopes for the industry. Under ‘Report’, we write about a seminar held by CMAI’s Western Regional Committee in Pune.

Under ‘CMAI Capsule’, we put down all the developments and announcements that CMAI wants its members to know of. Our August issue is rightly titled ‘Making Fashion Mindful’, as we shine the spotlight on those who are steadfastly striving to make the fashion and apparel industries kinder and more humane. 

In the ‘Feature’ section, we explore chikankari embroidery and how it is faring today. In ‘Fabric Speak’, we dig deeper into the making and nuances of ahimsa, i.e. non-violent silk. Under ‘Designer Spotlight’, we profile Soham Dave, who is known for his minimalistic yet sharp silhouettes crafted with eco-friendly processes.

The ‘Regulars’ segment consists of the important news and events, talked-about brands, trending collections, as well as 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...