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The February 2019 issue of Apparel is the Fair issue. The theme of the February issue is ‘Looking Ahead with Hope’ and as we enter the second month of 2019, it is indeed very relevant. In the ‘Fair Update’ segment, we report on the Draw of Lots for the 68th NGF. In the ‘E-Space News’ segment, we look at how the rise of DTC sales is changing the fashion e-commerce space. In the ‘Features’ section, we explore how eco-friendly consumers have paved the way for slow fashion. We also throw light on different books on Indian textiles that have inspired fashion designers. In the ‘Industry Insights’ segment, we analyse the impact of the India-EAEU Free Trade Agreement. We also decode how the circular economy can help fashion deliver on its sustainability and long-term profitability goals. We explore Omnichannel retailing in fashion and predict how 2019 shall pan out for the global fashion industry. We also focus on steps taken by the government to ease liquidity crisis in MSME sector. In the ‘Trend Talk’ section, we predict the apparel trends that will rule the year. We explore the trend of young to-be-weds celebrating India’s rich handloom heritage. We also look at the enduring trends of dots and polka dots. In the ‘Going Green’ section, we take a look at the thriving sustainable fashion market in India. In the ‘Fashion Speak;’ section, we report on the Collection Premiere Moscow Spring/Summer 2019.


Finally, in the ‘Regulars’ section, we round up all the important textile and apparel news and events, take a look at the latest trends, a new store launch as well as the brands in vogue, and give you 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...