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Luxury retail headed to hotels for the right brand fit

High-end retail chains are increasingly looking at existing and new hotels to house their brands in India, according to experts tracking the sector. While some brands have traditionally been located in five-star hotels, retail chains were seen opting for malls in the last few years. However, the absence of quality real estate is once again […]

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Exploring the world of embroidery

“The uniqueness of the design does not necessarily mean that it is the most expensive. Sometimes, even inexpensive materials can make the most beautiful designs,” explains Imraan, a Sion-based embroiderer. Although a sewing ring, threads, beads, tikkis (sequence), and a needle are all required to create an embroidery piece, the skill and patience of the […]

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TITAN EYE +

Titan Industries Limited, a joint venture between the Tata Group and the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) commenced operations in 1987 under the name Titan Watches Limited. In 1994, Titan Industries diversified into Jewellery and more recently into Eyewear with Titan Eye+. As a full range producer-marketer, Titan Industries offers the Indian and International […]

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Sequoia likely to buy into Bangalore prodigy Wildcraft

BANGALORE: Marquee venture capitalist Sequoia Capital is backing the homegrown outdoor-gear maker, Wildcraft, with a $10-million investment. Wildcraft, an unsung garage start-up, is one of the few companies outside of Bangalore’s well- chronicled tech entrepreneurial system to attract VC attention. “The Silicon Valley fund is valuing the backpack and rucksack brand at nearly $50 million, […]

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Changing Bangalore

Bangalore retail hotspots move to the suburbs Jayanagar Pips Brigade Rd On Retail Rentals The epicentre of Bangalore’s retail activity is fast moving away from the traditional city-centre high streets of Brigade Road, Commercial Street, and MG Road to suburbs and malls. The trend is also a reflection of how secondary and peripheral business districts […]

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Young online fashion portals save their way to faster growth

BANGALORE: Innovative technology, combined with premier customer service and exclusive products, is helping young online fashion portals grow fast by burning less cash than older, more-established rivals. These companies—most of which are less than two years old, employ fewer people and offer negligible discounts—are growing their revenues by over a quarter every month as they […]

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Weaving a new tale

India’s silk industry was on the backfoot at the turn of the century as imports from China surged. It’s now fighting back. Sribhas Chandra Supakar, a Varanasi-based textile designer, hopes India will soon stop importing raw silk. “Whenever there is a spurt in prices of imported raw silk, it impacts prices of domestic silk as […]

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Kishore biyani’s future lifestyle gearing up to buy into 6 brands including coupon, giovani, biglife

Just over a year after selling off his flagship fashion chain Pantaloon to Aditya Birla Group, Kishore Biyani is set to become a big player in fashion business yet again by acquiring or buying into at least six brands. Future Lifestyle Fashions, the demerged entity of Future Retail and Future Ventures, will buy out Bangalore-based […]

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India is the largest market for gold jewellery in the world, representing a staggering 552.0 tonnes of gold in 2012

Indian consumers are actively engaged in considering their next piece; 75% of women say they are constantly searching for new designs. Whilst over 50% of gold jewellery is bought for weddings, the wedding anniversary has now become the most aspirational occasion for receiving gold today, extending a couple’s relationship with gold beyond the marriage ceremony. […]

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