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Review: Indian Handicraft and Gift Fair

Still facing the heat of slow European markets, medium- and even bigger-level home furnishing exporters are doing their best for survival, and finding means to explore newer markets and have more focus on PD. The recently concluded Indian Handicraft and Gift Fair (IHGF) by EPCH witnessed many such exporters that are geared up for newer markets. Some of them even prepared country-specific samples, continuously increasing their PD initiatives. The good thing about this is that […]


Future Group to streamline its businesses

Kishore Biyani-led Future Group, a prominent player in the Indian retail and fashion sector, is planning to shut its HomeTown brand (home furnishings business) and Planet Sports (sportswear arm), with a view to scale up revenues of apparel segments by up to four times by the year 2021. Also Read – Future Group to sell Laura Ashley’s merchandise in India Future Group is also expected to cut down prices of fashion products to attract more customers. […]


700 Indian exporters participate in Heimtextil, Domotex and Maison & Objet

As usual, January witnessed major home furnishing fairs, Heimtextil, Domotex and Maison & Objet wherein more than 700 exporters from India participated. Though their experience at these events was mixed on issue of buyers’ footfall, there was unanimity on the fact that Europe has still not shown any major recovery sign. Another point that stood out strongly was the increased focus of Indian companies on product development as most of the participants with whom Apparel […]


Ikea’s Better Shelter wins Beazley Design of the Year award

‘Better Shelter’, the Ikea-designed flat-packed refugee shelter, has been awarded Beazley Design of the Year award by the Design Museum of London.   The structure features a locking front door and a solar-powered wall that can generate enough energy to power the built-in light or a mobile phone. With the accompanying toolkit, it can also be easily dismantled, moved, and reassembled on another site, making it a highly adaptable product.  Also Read – Setback for […]


Future Group to sell Laura Ashley’s merchandise in India

Future Group, a prominent player in the Indian retail and fashion sector, has scripted a deal with the UK clothing and homeware retailer Laura Ashley, a Welsh textile design company now controlled by the MUI Group of Malaysia which runs about 450 stores globally, to make and sell its merchandise in the Indian market. “We are trying to bring aspirational products within HomeTown as there is enough potential in the market. We are reworking on […]


Japanese home retailer Nitori likely to venture into apparels

Japanese furniture and home accessories retailer Nitori Holdings Co. is mulling over venturing into apparels sector. The home furnishing retailer is planning to buy an apparel company with 100 to 200 stores as its cash from operations has been increasing by as much as ¥ 30 billion a year. This was revealed by Nitori’s Chief Executive Officer Akio Nitori. The retailer is yet to take final decision on the issue. According to media reports, steady […]


T. Merchandising Service achieves good growth in outdoor home products

Completing a decade of its operations, Noida-based buying house T. Merchandising Service has observed good growth in outdoor home furnishing products for US market and is further expecting same or even more growth. The company also added new vendors with it in recent months. Founded by Kaiser Roka and Tehmina Yadav, the company is now working with more than 60 vendors from across India on regular basis while almost 120 vendors are associated with it. […]


Heimtextil ’17: 386 Indian home furnishing exporters to participate

Around 386 home furnishing/made ups companies from India are participating at Heimtextil 2017, which is schedule to take place from January 10-13 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, organized by Messe Frankfurt. It is one of the world’s biggest trade fairs for home and contract textiles. Apart from many medium-level companies, big names of Indian textile industry – Reliance Industries, Trident Ltd., SEL Manufacturing Co., Indo Rama Synthetic (India) Ltd., Sutlej Textiles & Industries Ltd. (Birla […]


Orange Blue Inspired… An initiative serving purpose of ‘bottom line’

Conceived just a year back – Orange Blue Inspired, which started manufacturing home line of products 4 months ago, has already shipped 6 styles of its various products. Despite all the difficulties of the market, this small initiative of four friends is in the right direction and expecting good growth in coming years. Working as a small manufacturer as well as a buying house, this unique company has a noble way of working – sharing […]


Perry Ellis collaborates with Jeffrey Home for bed and bath ensembles

Perry Ellis International, a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances, has entered into a license agreement with Jeffrey Home, a division of PKaufmann Inc. to design and distribute bed and bath products under the Laundry by Shelli Segal™ and Laundry by Design™ brands. The collection including decorative pillows, window treatments, bedding, furniture throws and outdoor accessories, is scheduled to launch Spring 2017 […]


IKEA commits to invest Euro 1 billion in sustainable initiatives

Swedish global home furnishing giant, IKEA has unveiled its sustainable report for FY 2016 where in it pledges Euro 1 billion investment in sustainable initiatives in the coming year. The home furnishing retailer claims that it continues to source most cotton from sustainable sources namely Better Cotton Initiative (82 per cent) and uses recycled cotton (18 per cent) for the rest. The report further highlights the company’s progress in its People & Planet Positive strategy including […]


Crypton bags Best in Innovation Award at ITA Awards Gala

The Crypton Companies, a leading provider of performance fabrics in the contract, home furnishings and apparel markets, has announced that its Crypton Home won the Best in Innovation Award at the International Textiles Alliance (ITA) Awards Gala at Showtime, held recently in North Carolina, USA. Content with the achievement, Randy Rubin, Chairman and Co-founder, Crypton said, “Being recognized by the ITA for Best in Innovation for our performance technology is an honour, and the credit goes to our wonderful team […]


Convergence of market at Bella Casa Fashion & Retail Ltd.

Be it home furnishing or apparel business, the number of 100 per cent EOUs in India is continuously decreasing. Convergence of global and Indian markets is on the increase and most of the manufacturers feel that now there is no major difference in working and expectation of both markets. Conditions are becoming same and global markets are losing their craze which earlier was a big factor for many manufacturers to opt for exports. Bella Casa […]


Making mattress production easier with automation…

Mattresses of today have traversed a long journey – from just comfort to fitness and now to even ‘appeal’… However, in all cases, the outer covering is invariably quilted with a backing material to give it a decorative look and fluffy feel. The US $ 24.70 billion market for mattress is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.5 per cent in the period 2016-2024, and Asia-Pacific mattress market, in particular, is expected to witness […]

November 24, 2016


Review: 42nd India Handicraft and Gift Fair (IHGF)

The recently concluded 42nd India Handicraft and Gift Fair (IHGF) Autumn 2016, organized by EPCH (Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts), was a perfect platform to see new developments of various Indian home furnishing exporters. Most of the exhibitors were happy with the buyers’ footfall and the further order bookings. More focus on product development, exploring newer markets and improvements on required fronts – be it manufacturing – upgradations are the basics. But the only possible […]

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