India Fashion Incubator to bud Young Entrepreneurs in Fashion Industry
Kochi: For the first time ever in the fashion history of India, India Fashion Incubator (IFI) was launched here at Kochi, Lulu Marriot to support and nurture the fashion designers and entrepreneurs across the country. The programme was launched at the second edition of India Fashion summit 2018. The IFI was inaugurated by the distinguished guests including Tom Jose IAS, Manish Malhotra . The programme is organised in association with Kerala State Institute of Design and Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence, Government of Kerala.
“In the last 25 years the Indian fashion industry has seentremendous growth in terms of talents, structured ways of doing businessthrough fashion weeks organized by Fashion Design Council of India as well asLakme and IMG Reliance. However, we never had a platform to discuss anddeliberate various aspects relating to the fashion industry in India and IndiaFashion Summit was created to fill that void. Each year we invite the leadersas well as youngsters to the summit and present before them different topics todiscuss and give their points of views. Last time the theme was ‘Indian Fashion— The Way Forward’ and this year’s theme is ‘Sustainable Fashion: Hand wovenMagic’’, said Vinod Nair, President India Fashion Summit “Kerala has some ofthe best hand woven fabrics in the country and we propose to introduce the sameto the designer industry through this summit' he added
The main aim of the India Fashion Incubator is to promotethe Indian fashion community by helping creative and fashion entrepreneurs todevelop their business and professional skills they need to grow to nextestablished brand.Thiswill provide an ecosystem for sustainable development offashion with prime focus on promoting hand-woven textiles in designer fashionand nurturing exceptional young talents in the field of fashion.
India Fashion incubator is a non-profit organization, wherethe incubation programs helps the designers to get a 360 degree support throughone-on-one mentoring, expert, seminars and master classes, shared workspace,design studio partnerships, exclusive networking, promotional and marketingopportunities, valuable trend and business resources and market leads etc, says
Dr.SreeramVenketaraman, MD, Kerala Academy for SkillsExcellence. IFI will use the latest digital technologies to mentor, network andcollaborate with the incubated fashion designers he added.
India's leading fashion designers Manish Malhotra, PeterD'Ascoli, Wendell Rodricks, Arjun Khanna, SuketDhir, Alan Alexander Kaleekal,JebinJohny and Hari Anand, fashion journalists Vinod Nair (Former FashionEditor, Hindustan Times and Times Of India) and NeenaHaridas (EditorialDirector, L’Officiel India) and Online Fashion Retail Heads including NarendraKumar (Creative Head, Amazon Fashion), Anil Chopra (Former CEO, Lakme LeverLtd) and NihalRajan, Vice President & Head of Design-MFB @ Myntra Designsgraced the occasion.