Monday, 6 May 2013

Single Brand Retail FDI : Brands I am excited about!

FDI in retail in India
With all the noise around FDI in single-brand retail and the line up of exciting (and excited) brands entering the Indian market, I admit I am quite thrilled! But before I share my favourites, let me give you a list of the brands that have applied for entry so far (Yummy list!)

FDI in retail in India
Coming to the brands that I am most excited about, I would say H&M tops my list.On my recent visit to Kuala Lumpur, I finally got to shop from H&M and I was amazed at their endless collection of all things trendy! But the real deal was the price - super reasonable! I would say H&M hits the sweet spot between Zara and Forever21- Affordable price and fair quality.

Some of the things I purchased :
H &M bag -
Bag : RM (Malaysian Ringgit) 79.90 ~ INR 1500
H&M Shoe
Shoe : RM  110 ~ INR 2000
H&M Skirt
Maxi skirt with high slit : RM 79.90 ~ INR 1500
My next fav has got to be Topshop which I discovered way back in 2007 when the very vogue Kate Moss did an exclusive collection for the brand. So I was super excited when I spotted the store in KL. I bought a skirt and a vest from there : Pics below.
Topshop skirt
Grey Marl Dip Maxi SkirtRM 110 ~ INR 2000
Another brand that I am really curious about is Massimo Dutti of Inditex (parent company of ZARA).What I hear about the brand is that, it is more high-end and "..offers basic, contemporary styles in next-generation fabrics ". It would be refreshing  to buy a really nice dress that is still affordable. But I have no clue how much they would actually cost here in India. Hmn.Let's wait and watch.
Long Halter Neck Dress: Massimo Dutti
And how about a few from the very fashion forward Japan! I did hear some murmur from the Japanese fast fashion retailer Uniqlo . So when I spotted the store in Kuala Lumpur, I had to take a peek (I didn't buy anything from the store). It mainly focuses on mass producing affordable basics in dozens of colors. As their founder puts it, "UNIQLO clothes are MADE FOR ALL– highly finished elements of style in clothes that suit your values wherever you live. This unique concept of clothes sets us apart from apparel companies whose sole purpose is the pursuit of fashion trends”
Uniqlo: Is India ready for some colors?
So I predict that if you are addicted to all things trendy and affordable like Zara and H&M, you may get addicted to Uniqlo for all things basic yet Uniquely stylish. In short, they will co-exist beautifully... in your wardrobe.
So which brands are you excited about?  

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