2nd NIGF 2024 by CMAI Concludes with Overwhelming Success, Signalling a Promising Festive Season for the Garment Industry

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New Delhi: The 2nd North India Garment Fair (NIGF 2024), organized by the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), concluded on a high note at the Yashobhoomi Convention Centre (IICC) in Dwarka, New Delhi. The fair held from June 11-13, 2024, saw an impressive turnout of more than 200 exhibitors and over 5450 trade visitors, indicating strong positive sentiments for the upcoming festive season.

NIGF is an effective platform for manufacturers from across the country to connect with retailers, distributors, and agents from Northern India, while retailers can benefit from discovering new suppliers and brands from across India under one roof.

During the fair, a business networking session on the second day was very well received, with more than 65 exhibitors availed the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with 22 leading agents and distributors who were invited from across India. Exhibitors were able to present their collections to potential agents and distributors from different regions.

Reflecting on the success of the event, Rajesh Masand, President of CMAI, stated, “The overwhelming response to NIGF 2024 is a testament to the strength and potential of the Indian garment industry. The fair not only provided a platform for manufacturers and North region buyers to connect but also highlighted the industry’s readiness for the upcoming festive season. We are confident that this event will help to stabilise the business and pave the way for a remarkable growth in the current year.”

Santosh Katariya, Chairman of NIGF, added, “Apart from the buyer seller meetings, the key highlight of NIGF was the business networking session which offered an invaluable opportunity for exhibitors to connect with top agents and distributors from across India. The session significantly enhanced and widened the reach of the retail industry to get introduced to new suppliers, discover latest brands and refresh their merchandise. NIGF 2024 witnessed a significant turnout from leading retailers and distributors from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal amongst others.”

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NIGF 2024 showcased exhibitors from Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Surat, Ahmedabad, Ludhiana, Noida besides other cities. Few key exhibitors included names like J.D. Enterprise (Ahmedabad) – Naughty Boy / Ellgon, Lekhus Collections, (New Delhi), Maa Garments (Mumbai) – Aisha, Manjot Trading Co (Ludhiana) – Boyce, Pocket Money Fashion (Indore) – Pocket Money, Junior Rocks, Little Ducks, Bafna Clothing Company (Bengaluru) – Cool Colors, Menzstyl Creation (New Delhi) – Club Merino, N M Fashion Designs (Mumbai) – Kora, NRB Alliance (Surat), Sparrow Classic Trends (New Delhi) – Classic / Kid Classic,

Swayam Industries (Ludhiana) – Pro Riders, Zonac Knitting Machines (Noida) -Bonjour, Aman Lifestyle (Mumbai) – Scakhi, Artview Merchants (Kolkata) – Minu, Bodycare Creations (Noida), Cheer Sagar (Jaipur), Devi Designs (Kolkata), G T Fashion (New Delhi) – Meenavati, Knit Tech India (Ludhiana) – Knit Studio, Maam Arts (Jaipur) – Aadews, Multi Brand Exports (New Delhi) – Arunvarun The Fashion Studio, Europe One (Surat) – Rewaa, Sagar Design Fab (Jaipur) and Sky Fashion (Mumbai) amongst many others.

Some of the large retailers who visited the fair included Aristocrat Garments (Ludhiana, Punjab), Paul Garments (New Delhi), Bindals Group (New Delhi & UP), Bachoomal Collection (UP), Stanmax (New Delhi), Suvidha Stores (Karnal, Haryana), Yougal Sons (Jammu & Punjab) and many others.

Exhibitor at NIGF 2024, Arun Sharma, 2nd Generation of Multi Brand Exports – Arunvarun, New Delhi said, “We have been members of CMAI for more than five years and are delighted to have participated in NIGF 2024 as it’s a great platform to meet the buyers. The footfall has been amazing and we have been able to connect with many new buyers. In such trade shows, buyers come to directly discover brands. The success here has encouraged us to participate in other CMAI shows like the upcoming NGF in Mumbai and the Brands of India Show in Dubai.”

Exhibitor at NIGF 2024, Arshdeep Singh Dua, Knit Tech India, Ludhiana, expressed “The footfalls at NIGF 2024 have been better as compared to the previous year. We are positive about the upcoming season as buyers are looking for creativity in styling.”

NIGF 2024 was inaugurated by notable retailers and featured a diverse range of menswear, womenswear, and kidswear, providing exhibitors with extensive networking opportunities to foster connections with buyers from across India and top-tier industry leaders. Key dignitaries from CMAI present at the inaugural ceremony included Rajesh Masand (President), Rohit Munjal (Vice President), Santosh Katariya (Chairman of NIGF), Rahul Mehta (Chief Mentor), and Pankaj Jain (Hon. Secretary – North), amongst other office bearers.

The success of NIGF 2024 highlights the importance of trade shows in gauging industry sentiments and expectations. As the industry looks forward to a prosperous festive season, events like NIGF serve as crucial indicators of market trends and business opportunities.

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The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) is the most representative association of the Indian apparel industry having over 5000 members and serving more than 25,000 Retailers. Its Membership consists of Manufacturers, Exporters, Brands, and ancillary industry.

CMAI advocates regarding policies and also guides and encourages its members on ESG-related matters and initiatives. In 2019, CMAI launched the SU.RE initiative to encourage members to embrace sustainability.

The 2nd North India Garment Fair (NIGF 2024) by CMAI Commences; Brings Together 200+ Exhibitors and Expected to attract about 7000 Trade Visitors

New Delhi, June 11, 2024: The 2nd North India Garment Fair (NIGF 2024) organised by the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) commenced on Jun 11 till June 13, 2024, at the Yashobhoomi Convention Centre (IICC), Dwarka, New Delhi. NIGF 2024 features over 200 exhibitors showcasing a diverse array of menswear, womenswear, and kidswear.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by leading North India retailers, including Manik Jain & Sahil Jain of Aristocrat Garments, Bharat Bhushan Taneja of Paul Garments, R D Gupta of Bindals Group, Ranjit Surana of Bachoomal Collection, Sanjeev Garg of Stanmax, Mohinder Chaudhary and Saurabh Chaudhary of Suvidha Stores, Tarun Langer & Chander Shekhar Mahajan of Yougal Sons as Guests of Honour. Key dignitaries from CMAI present at the Inaugural included Rajesh Masand – President; Rohit Munjal – Vice President; Santosh Kataria, Chairman – NIGF; Rahul Mehta – Chief Mentor and Pankaj Jain – Hon. Secretary – North and other office bearers of CMAI.

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Rajesh Masand, President, CMAI, expressed, “The Domestic Garment industry in India is poised for significant growth, driven by the country’s dynamic demographic and economic potential. NIGF 2024 is a testament to CMAI’s commitment to supporting MSMEs and enhancing the garment trade in North India. The upcoming festival season is a crucial period for the Garment industry and hence NIGF 2024 plays a pivotal role in connecting manufacturers with thousands of buyers ensuring they are well-prepared to meet market demands”.

At the Inauguration, Santosh Katariya, Chairman said, “NIGF 2024 has fast developed as a successful platform for Manufacturers from across the country. It offers North India’s Retail industry a fantastic opportunity to meet new Suppliers, new Brands and refresh their merchandise for customers from across India. For the benefit of Exhibitors, we have also organized a Business Networking Session tomorrow with leading Agents & Distributors from pan India”.

NIGF 2024 features a diverse array of garment manufacturers, with over 95% representing MSMEs from various parts of India, including key hubs like Mumbai, Surat, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Indore, Ludhiana, Uttar Pradesh, and the Delhi-NCR region. Retailers from across the country have pre-registered to visit the fair and expected to attend the fair.

78th National Garment Fair by CMAI Sets tone for Apparel Industry Outlook in FY25

Mumbai, February 2, 2024: The National Garment Fair (NGF 2024) Spring-Summer Edit, organised by the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) in Mumbai, unfolded over three days from January 29 to 31, 2024. The event drew an impressive crowd of close to 18,000 visitors including national and regional retailers, distributors, and wholesalers. The robust business activities and bookings recorded during NGF 2024 clearly mirror the positive momentum in retail sales anticipated for the upcoming Spring-Summer season.

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Encompassing an expansive 700,000 sq. ft. across seven halls, the Spring-Summer Edit of the National Garment Fair 2024 (NGF 2024) took place at the Bombay Exhibition NESCO Complex in Goregaon East. With over 1025 participants showcasing more than 1,120 brands across Women’s wear, Men’s wear, Kids wear, and Accessories.

Speaking about the domestic garment industry, Mr. Rajesh Masand, President, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), said, “The revival of the apparel industry post-pandemic has been less than robust, with retailers contending with a substantial backlog of inventory. The predominant driver of retail sales growth of apparels in the past year has been the result of both stores and network expansions. Although it is difficult to estimate the business conducted during the Fair, our interaction with the Exhibitors indicated most of them were more than satisfied with the enquires/orders received, serving as a positive indicator of the industry’s gradual progress towards normalisation in H1FY2025.”

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Speaking about the NGF 2023, Mr. Rohit Munjal, Vice President and Chairman of the Fair Committee, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) said, “The success of the 78th National Garment Fair stands as a promising indication of its significance. Distinguished retailers and distributors from across the country graced NGF 2024. The sustained vitality of NGF can be credited to the steadfast support and proactive engagement of both brands and retailers. Their persistent involvement has played a pivotal role in elevating the fair’s influence and ensuring its ongoing success.”

Speaking about the present outlook of the domestic garment industry, Mr. Rahul Mehta, Chief Mentor, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), said, “The notable expansion of major retailers and brands into Tier 2 and 3 markets in the past year has played a substantial role in driving the retail sales growth within the apparel segment. Anticipating a shift from the initial trend of consumer “revenge-shopping” immediately post-pandemic, we saw a transition to a restrained shopping behavior last year. This year, there is an anticipation of consumers refreshing their wardrobes, signaling a return to normalcy in shopping patterns.”

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Furthermore, the prestigious CMAI Apparel magazine was relaunched during NGF 2024 with a far Special edition. The Apparel magazine is not only resuming publication but is undergoing a significant upgrade as a quarterly edition, which will provide more exclusive content, in-depth features, and exciting apparel trends. The new avatar of the magazine boasts of careful curation and enhancement of content, promising a better reading experience with fresh perspectives from industry experts, insightful interviews, and stunning visuals. This transition aims to celebrate the world of apparel with captivating stories.

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Recognised as the largest and most awaited bi-annual trade fair of the Indian Apparel Industry, the National Garment Fair by CMAI serves as a vital platform for connecting National and Regional Brands, Manufacturers, Designers, and Fashion Accessories manufacturers with Retailers, Agents, Distributors, and E-commerce Companies. This biannual event holds significant prestige in the industry and is widely regarded as India’s foremost trade fair, offering a comprehensive sourcing platform that maximizes both time and cost efficiency for all stakeholders involved.