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Pradeep Kumar CEO and founder of BespocutThe bespoke clothing business in India had remained largely untouched by technology. Things are set to change with Bespocut, a techno-commercial business enablement platform. A B2B platform, Bespocut will enable the next stage of evolution in bespoke clothing business and allow designers in India to provide world-class bespoke clothing services to their customers. Utilising Bespocut’s pioneering cloud platform, Customized Hub in India will be able to match quality and finesse of bespoke clothing, as customers normally find in Savile Row or Hong Kong.

At the launch event, Bespocut talked about its future plans, which includes the target of introducing the platform in 30 cities of India in the first year of its operations and its aim of acquiring 500+ style partners in the first two years. The company is also planning to start lead generation activities, so that its Style Partners can benefit from new clients.

"It is an innovative idea about creating a virtual studio without having an industry or stock but only expertise. We have designed our cloud-based application or warehouse, as we call it. People don't have time to go out and personalize their clothing, so Bespoke will help them," said Pradeep Kumar, CEO and founder of Bespocut.

The aim is also to let business owners successfully and ethically launch and develop their labels and brands and turn them into global powerhouses.

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Luxury brand Shazé has been awarded the Best Premium Lifestyle brandLuxury brand Shazé has been awarded the ‘Best Premium Lifestyle brand in Décor and Destination jewellery’ for the year 2018 by Economic Times. The award ceremony held at Abu Dhabi was organized as a part of the on-going efforts by the governments of India and UAE to identify key areas to boost investment flux between the two nations.

Samrat Zaveri, Founder and MD, Shazé received the award.

 

 

 

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Crocs Chennai Store 1As part of its ambitious and aggressive expansion strategy in the Indian sub-continent, Crocs India opened its 100th store at Chennai, recently. Spread across 625 sq. ft. at the VR Mall, the new store is Crocs’ third in the city and fifth in the state of Tamil Nadu. It will be operated by Metro Shoes, the national franchise partner of Crocs India.

The partnership with Metro Shoes began in 2014 which has helped the iconic footwear brand in expanding its reach to over 50 cities through its EBO operations.

Speaking on the occasion, Deepak Chhabra, CEO & MD- Crocs India, said, “India is one of the rare markets where, even after opening 100 stores, we still feel under-penetrated. Our absolute focus for the next phase of geographical expansion will continue to be on top 6 metro cities across the country along with state capitals.”

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Leading global furniture chain IKEA aims to help tackle one of the largest, global environmental issues by launching its ‘Better Air Now’ initiative. Starting off in India, IKEA intends to turn rice straw into a new renewable material source for IKEA products. A rice harvesting residue, rice straw is traditionally disposed by burning, which contributes heavily to air pollution and smog, particularly in North India. Through the ‘Better Air Now’ initiative, the furniture retailer’s ambition is to create a model to reduce air pollution that could be replicated in other mega cities.

According to the World Health Organization’s data, polluted air leads to around seven million deaths per year, worldwide. India is one of the most polluted countries and North India has 9 of 10 most polluted cities in the world. “The health effects of air pollution are severe and at IKEA we are determined to contribute to a solution. We know that burning of rice crop residue is a major pollution source and with this initiative we hope that will change. If we can find a way to make use of rice straw it would become a valuable source for the farmers instead of being burnt, which in the end also would contribute to better air for people,” says Helene Davidsson, Sustainability Manager South Asia at IKEA Purchasing.

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Manoj K. AgarwalThe Sheth Developers & Realtors Limited owned, Viviana Mall has brought on board Manoj K. Agarwal as its new CEO. A seasoned professional from the Hospitality and Shopping Mall industry, Agarwal, who has over 30 years of leadership experience, previously has had stints with L&T (Retail, Malls & Commercial) and Inorbit Malls.

At L&T Realty, he spearheaded the company’s Chandigarh's SBU, which included Elante Mall along with a premium office space and 5-start Hyatt Regency Hotel. Path-Breaking achievements in record time called for an internal move at L&T, where he was appointed to head the mall operations as part of the L&T’s Hyderabad Metro Rail Project, the world's largest Public-Private Partnership Project in the sector.

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