Category Archives: Lifestyle

Titan opens 1000th store in India

Titan Industries has reached the landmark number of 1000 stores across country. The milestone store has been opened in Bangalore and reflects the future of modern retail and lifestyle industry and offers a unique fusion of watches and eyewear.

With this Titan becomes first Indian specialty retailer to reach the number in seven varied formats. With a retail footprint across 177 cities, 26 states, 3 Union Territories and a total retail area of 1395712 sq ft, Titan Company has stores for Watches under World of Titan, Helios and Fastrack; Jewellery under retail brands Tanishq, Zoya, GoldPlus and Eye Plus for multibrand eyewear.

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Arvind Brands & Shoppers Stop join hands to launch ‘Next’ shop-in-shop

Arvind Lifestyle Brands has entered a partnership with India’s leading retail chain, Shoppers Stop to setup and launch shop-in-shop of Next. The SIS of the British brand will be opened at Shoppers Stop’s Juhu store and will be spread across 600 sq ft.

The shop-in-shop will retail apparels for kids from the age of 2 to 12 years. The range will also have hosiery, socks, shoes and accessories.

The brand will be an addition to Shoppers Stop portfolio and will bring in the value of being aspirational brand.

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J Suresh, MD & CEO, Arvind Lifestyle Brands said, “For the first time in India  we are bringing speciality retail inside a department store. Next provides Shoppers Stop consumers best of British kids fashion wear offering. On the other hand, Next can take advantage of the ready consumer base of Shoppers Stop. We expect this to be a win-win collaboration between speciality retailers and department stores.”

Kinerhs Collection opens flagship store in Chennai

The premium and luxury decor and jewellery brand, Kinerhs Collection, opens it flagship store in Chennai.

Spread across 1000 sq ft, the store boasts of the latest and exquisite collection by the brand from product categories including artifacts, decorative and  accessories. With over 300 products offers a wide range of interior and outdoor products.

Shrenik Mehta Director Kinerhs collection says, “Our new store will offer products in silver and gold where customers will be able to decorate an entire home or just pick up an accent piece to instantly update their spaces.”

Kinerhs is also available online.

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Titan enters helmets business under Fastrack brand

Titan Industries has been upbeat about expanding the product umbrella under Fastrack brand. Knowing that the brand is specifically aimed at youth, it has now expanded its product offerings to helmets.

The majority of Indian youth drives two wheelers and that’s exactly the population that the brand is targeting.

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Fastrack range of helmets will boast of 24 different variants for guys and girls in a plethora of colours and vibrant graphics. All these helmets have been ISI approved.

Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director, Titan Company Limited said, “India has one of the highest number of 2-wheelers in the world. With unorganized players currently driving the helmet business, the category has a large potential in the market. The organized helmet market is estimated at approximately Rs. 400 Cr, accounting for 45% of the retail market. Using our in-house design and marketing expertise and wide retail footprint we took a step to enter the helmets sector. The category is currently largely unorganized and under-served and with our superior quality product, we aim to ensure safety and comfort for two-wheeler riders.”

Brand Licensing: Cherokee enters licensing deal for Liz Lange Maternity with Mom & Me

The US lifestyle brand, Cherokee, has entered a licensing deal with Mahindra Retail. Under the deal, the US player will be retailing its licensed Liz Lange Maternity range through Mahindra’s Mom & Me stores, specialty stores for maternity and kids.

The Liz range will be sold through Mom & Me brick and mortar stores and also online.

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Commenting on this partnership, Cherokee Chief Executive Officer, Henry Stupp, noted, “We are very excited to partner with the Mahindra Group and to have the opportunity to bring the Liz Lange brand to a broader customer base. Just as Liz Lange prides itself on being one of the most recognized and respected maternity brands, Mom & Me stores strive to be the preferred destination of every expectant mother looking for world-class products and services. As we do with all of our partners, we will support this relationship with our unique 360 degree service model. This is an important step towards our globalization of the Liz Lange brand as we continue to pursue additional partnerships around the world. We look forward to a successful partnership with Mahindra and the many possibilities ahead.”

K.Venkataraman, CEO of Mahindra Retail, endorsed Mr. Stupp’s enthusiasm and said, “Mom & Me has practically been the pioneer in the maternity-wear category in India, and has been the retail brand of choice for over a million mothers in its short history since inception in 2009. Our goal is to partner with world-class companies that bring innovation and excellence to our relationship and exclusive and valued products to our customers. We believe that The Cherokee Group is a premier licensing and marketing company that exhibits such traits and the Liz Lange Maternity brand is a perfect fit for our Mom & Me stores; bringing great style and value to our customers. We anticipate a long, fruitful relationship with the Liz Lange brand as well as The Cherokee Group.”

Koovs to go public next year; aims to raise GBP 22 Mn

The multi-brand lifestyle online retailer, Koovs, has announced its plans to go public next year and get listed on the Aim, a sub-market of London Stock Exchange.

Koovs had recently brought on-board Asos ex-chairman Lord Waheed Alli and Robert Bready as Chairman and Creative & Retail Director, respectively.

Through the listing, Anant Nahata, the founder of Koovs, plans to raise GBP 22 million for the company. Nahata will be floating 35 per cent shares in the market and the rest will be divided among Nahata, Lord Alli and other management.

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The site which started business as a deal site, in 2012 became a full-fledged online retail store, selling a wide array of lifestyle brands focused on women. Though the company soon plans to expand offerings to menswear as well.

’10 Must Haves’ this weekend – Autumn/Winter Special

As the winters set in and we feel the chill around, its time to go shopping for the season. We bring to you an ensemble of products which will make you look fab this winters. Walk in style even when that nose is red!

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More Megastore expands portfolio; adds fashion apparel & footwear segment

So next time you walk in to the More Megastore, it will just not be your groceries but also your fashion needs that will be satiated as the modern retailer expands portfolio. From the house of Aditya Birla Group, More has added fashion apparel and footwear as a new segment to its product offerings.

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Though the retailer has been selling various other brands in that segment, it is now that they introduce nine in-house brands. Speaking on the launch of the brands, Russell Berman, CEO – Hypermarkets, Aditya Birla Retail Limited said, “We are excited to expand our footprint to apparel and footwear. The category is a fast growing segment and is a daily need for most consumers.”

He further adds, “We wanted More Megastore to evolve and make it lot more relevant to a larger spectrum of consumers not just across the bigger towns but also to smaller cities like Vadodara, Indore, Mysore and more. By paying special attention to the need of new age customers, we have enhanced our offerings immensely.”

Brands:

  • Menswear: BlueEarth, Be Casuals & Kruff
  • Womenswear: Karinee & Bjoyzz
  • Kidswear: Chatter Kids and Yo
  • Footwear: Berwins and Inchheels

Art-tickles: The Art of Handpainting by Crazy Palette

It’s only a few people who realise their dreams and passions and even fewer have the strength to work towards making them in to reality. So from here on we will bring to such success stories, a part of our special initiative Art-tickles – Gangs of Creativepreneurs, to believe in “Never say Never”.

 Our very first story of Art-tickles is about an idea which emerged with a sheer love of painting and art, Crazy Palette. Rishma Lath, who with a passion of art, moved towards a comfortable 9-6 job as an animator in her early years. But soon she realised that her passion and her creativity is not being justified by her desk job, and monotony made it even worse. Hence, she called it quits. Continue reading Art-tickles: The Art of Handpainting by Crazy Palette

VR Surat launches second phase; 50 new stores to open

One of the most sought after shopping destination in Surat, which was launched earlier this year, announces the launch of the second phase of expansion. VR Surat, with the second phase, nearly 50 new stores will be opened in the retail city centre. Continue reading VR Surat launches second phase; 50 new stores to open