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bugatti showroomAstorMueller, global maker of Bugatti shoes, appoints Iconic Fashion Retailing as exclusive India retail partner. Bugatti is one of the leading premium shoe brands in Europe, with over 4.5 million pairs sold annually, all designed and crafted by AstorMueller. Iconic Fashion Retailing is a prominent multi-brand premium fashion retail chain present in 17 cities.

Iconic will now offer to its customers with the range of Bugatti shoes. Apart from owned stores, Iconic will distribute and retail Bugatti through various other premium retail destinations, including those exclusively for footwear. After the rollout of the first group of shop-in-shops, the brand will then open exclusive Bugatti brand stores in key markets, supported by Iconic’s distribution. Iconic also has plans to present the collection on key e-commerce platforms, via the marketplace model.

Designed by Spanish, German & Italian designers, Bugatti offers a wide range of styles designed for both men and women. Prices range from INR 4,000 to INR 10,000.

“We appreciate Iconic Fashion growth vision for the brand in the Indian market. In 35 countries across Europe and the world, Bugatti is one of the most successful shoe brands of the last decade. Our shoes are recognised for their excellent fit, craftsmanship and attention to detail. The Indian market has been patiently waiting for us to launch in physical retail, and with our trendsetting collections featuring the latest styles from the streets of Europe, we hope to give the Indian consumer the very best,” said Tim Mueller, Chairman of the AstorMueller Group, which crafts Bugatti shoes.

“We are happy to partner with AstorMueller to present one of Europe’s most successful shoe brands to India. Bugatti is a perfect fit to our premium fashion brands and we have big plans for it. We look to take the brand across all main and emerging markets, through various retail partners across India. The first step, though, was to introduce Bugatti into our own Iconic stores, and that’s what we are doing very swiftly this quarter,” said Pawan Khandelwal, Managing Director of Iconic Fashion.

The first shop-in-shop, which offers both Bugatti MAN and Bugatti WOMAN collections, is at the Iconic store in the prominent Ambience Mall, Gurugram, which caters to people across age groups from Gurugram and parts of Delhi as well. Other cities will follow in the course of coming weeks, first in Iconic stores and then in other key fashion and footwear retail stores.

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Globus, one of India’s leading fashion retail chains, is accelerating its growth roadmap, by transforming operations with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. As a part of the association, Globus will harness the power of cloud to enhance retail processes and replace its legacy systems, while leveraging the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA.

Globus currently runs 40 stores across 24 cities. The implementation aims to build omnichannel retail for the brand through seamless integration on the cloud. The company will also benefit from insights into operational data to empower store staff with contextual details, while providing real-time information for faster and better decision making to the board.

"We are in the era of instant gratification," said Vinay Nadkarni, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Globus. "Providing engaging shopping experiences and customer-controlled delivery options is the need of the future. With SAP's long-standing expertise, we look forward to creating that excitement and win unmatched brand loyalty of our customers."

Explaining its role, Subramanian Ananthapadmanabhan, Vice President, Enterprise Business, SAP Indian Subcontinent said, "Deploying SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, we aim to combine technology, change mind-sets, and process discipline to help Globus transform its operations. We believe that, as traditional retail players gear up to embrace Industry 4.0, it is forward-thinking retailers like Globus who will pave the way for the entire industry to benefit from customer-centric innovations."

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Sanjay VakhariaSpykar, one of India’s largest denim brands, announces the promotion of Sanjay Vakharia to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Sanjay co-founded the brand in 1992 and was the COO & Director since 2014.

The announcement comes at the back of an excellent year for the business where the brand clocked retail sales of over 550 crores. The revenues of Spykar have doubled and the profits grew by 4x in the last 3years. The business was acquired by the Metdist group from Mr. Prasad Pabrekar in 2014. The Metdist Group is owned by the Bagri family, led by Apurv Bagri. The group is a global conglomerate with diversified interests in metal, hospitality, fashion and technology.

Featuring among the top 3 denim brands in India, Spykar has 220 standalone stores across 140 cities and over 700 SIS (shop in shops) and 700 multi brand outlets across 350 cities of the country. It is also available on all online fashion portals. Spykar has moved from being a pure play denim player to one which serves the fashion needs of the youth. It extends itself from clothing to accessories including grooming products.

Sanjay Vakharia, CEO, Spykar Lifestyles, said, “For the last 25 years, Spykar has been leading the fashion denim market in India. With great brand saliency and a superior product, we rank highly on customer satisfaction scores. With a renewed thrust on Marketing, coupled with Spykar’s business strengths of a great product, strong team work and the Metdist group’s strategic guidance, we are all set to a create waves in the fashion denim market. Our ambition is to double our revenue in the next couple years”.

“Spykar is uniquely placed to take advantage of the growing apparel industry in India. We are passionate about Spykar's story and strongly believe that under Sanjay’s leadership the brand will continue to grow exponentially in the years to come. We are very ambitious and are committed to being a part of Spykar's future success," said Amisha Bagri, a member of the Metdist Group.

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Retail Beyond Detail Book Launch Mr Rakesh Biyani Dr Gibson G VedamaniThe Oberoi Mall recently hosted the launch of celebrated retail author Dr Gibson G. Vedamani’s book ‘Retail Beyond Detail’ in the presence of Rakesh Biyani, Joint- Managing Director, Future Retail Ltd. Sharing the extracts from the book during the discussion Dr. Gibson narrated some instances of from his early years in retail.

“Retail Beyond Detail depicts the uniqueness of the great Indian retailing business. Unlike anywhere in the World, coexistence of all forms of retailing is a virtue and retailing in India is a big opportunity sector for one to succeed. Today's youth need to know the instances of successful retail journeys that had humble beginnings. Readers can draw inspiration from the numerous success stories explained in the book," said Dr. Gibson Vedamani.

Mr Anupam T Vice President Oberoi Mall at Retail beyond Detail book launch

Commenting on the book launch, Anupam T, Vice President, Oberoi Mall said, “The Retail Industry is experiencing quantum shift in dynamics due to fast changing customer behaviour and expectations coupled with technology induced challenges for example e-commerce etc. So far India has occupied a remarkable position in global rankings and is expected to become the world’s sixth largest consumption economy. Accordingly, retailers must be able to tap in to this huge opportunity, at the same time navigate the choppy waters. We are happy to partner with Dr Gibson G. Vedamani for the launch of ‘Retail Beyond Detail’ at Oberoi Mall.

“Not only is ‘Retail Beyond Detail' a refreshingly new take on the environment of the retail business of India, the book also reveals 10 secrets of retailing, deftly explained with examples and cases. We are delighted to have the book launch of Mr. Gibson G. Vedamani, one of the stalwarts of the retail industry at Oberoi Mall, with whom we have been partnered for hosting several events,” said Maulik Desai, Head Crossword Bookstores that was a partner for the launch.


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Celio Club Store JayanagarBangaloreFrench menswear brand Celio has launched its Paris concept store at Jayanagar, Bengaluru. The store will also house the country’s first ‘Celio Club’ – a concept brand by Celio that offers a line of business and formal menswear.

The new Celio Store is 1,600 sq. ft. spread across two levels—with the ground level displaying casual wear and the first level stocking the Celio Club.

The store is aesthetically designed using minimalistic settings using metal and wood for major fittings and fixtures. The store dons an edgy look with a cement floor and open architecture resembling a loft. It has created a rugged whitewashed brick wall to showcase the latest denim collection. Celio has also added subtle elements such as books, rugs, plants and cushions to create a vibrant yet comforting atmosphere at the store.

Apart from this Paris Concept Store, Celio also has flagship stores at prime locations in Indira Nagar, Phoenix Market City Mall, Orion Mall and HSR Layout in Bangalore. These stores also offer a complete range of apparel and accessories from Celio.

Celio retails in India through 300 points of sale in exclusive stores, national chain stores, distributor and partner stores and leading e-commerce portals across 89 cities. It boasts a total retail area of 1,00,000+ sq. ft. The omni-channel retailer is also present on major e-commerce channels like Myntra, Amazon, Jabong and Flipkart.

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