EditorJanuary 10, 2018


Colombo, Friday 05th January 2018: Enigmatic fashion icon Coco Chanel once said that fashion changes but style endures, and she was right. Over the millennia of human existence fashion trends have evolved with times and seasons, but “style” has never gone out of fashion.

This is one founding principle of L.I.F.T, Sri Lanka’s premier fashion campus. Since its inception in the year 2000 the school has been recognized as one that leads the way in quality fashion design education in Sri Lanka.

In another pioneering venture L.I.F.T will launch Sri Lanka’s very first online fashion exhibition titled “FASHION NOUVEAU” in conjunction with the school’s graduation ceremony to be held later this month. The digital exhibition will be a real-time walk-through of an upscale, concise mix of carefully curated collections put together by outstanding students, and will range from haute couture to high street fashion.The project uses state-of-the-art technology to allow viewers to explore fashion and discover the stories behind the clothes designed by students who have been nurtured by L.I.F.T.

To kick-off the initiative, the online exhibition will feature selected garments, a diversity of footwear and accessories and much more designed by students of L.I.F.T & Mod’Art International Sri Lanka. For the first time ever the exhibition will also feature a photography series of students from Mod’Art International Paris.

“We are constantly exploring how new technologies can help bring the unrivalled fashion collection of our students’ to life online. Online visitors can now see the incredible detail of highlights from the campus’ collection, while discovering the tantalizing stories behind them in ways never experienced before. Through this revelatory online experience, we hope viewers will gain a greater understanding of the craftsmanship and design expertise that transforms fashionable clothing into pieces of art by our students”, said L.I.F.T’s Managing Director Niroshani Leanage.

The exhibition will be open to the public for viewing from the 18th of January to 18th March 2018. This will also be a great opportunity for potential students to view what L.I.F.T has to offer prior to applying for their first intake for the year which ends on January 31st 2018. The exhibition is also targeted at fashion industry professionals to gauge the skill levels of L.I.F.T’s internationally trained graduates. L.I.F.T encourages all potential students and interested parties to visit their brand new website to view the online exhibition or walk in to the school at No. 87 Horton Place, Colombo 07 for a touch and feel of the real thing. For more information please contact the school on 0112 681848.

EditorDecember 22, 2017


Thursday, 21st December 2017, Colombo: Hameedia, Sri Lanka’s leading menswear specialist offers a shopping bonanza promotion for its customers to make the upcoming Christmas season truly special. A host of offers are available to the discerning man who is looking to upgrade his wardrobe for the season until the 31 December 2016 or until stocks last. These include an array of deals for credit/debit card holders from leading banks and the chance to win gift vouchers each time you shop at any one of the Hameedia stores island-wide. Hameedia is also your one-stop shop for your gifting needs for the men in your life, with options ranging from office clothing to formal wear to accessories and shoes.

All roads will lead to Hameedia this season as the leading brand has stocked up on its latest stunning collection for men which reflects the latest trends for males from international catwalks.

Every purchase of Rs. 7,500 entitles customers to a voucher worth Rs. 500. In addition to this purchases exceeding Rs. 7,500 will get an additional Rs. 500 for each Rs. 2,500 spent over and above. Customers will be able to select from a wide range of exclusive party and office wear to usher in the Christmas spirit.

Commenting on this exciting Christmas promotion, Fouzul Hameed – Managing Director of Hameedia said, “Christmas is the season for indulgence and for giving – and keeping this in mind, we at Hameedia are showcasing an impressive collection of clothing and accessories for men that will make them stand out in a crowd. Our collection is also ideal for gifting!  Hameedia understand the aspirations of its customers during the festive season and we have pulled out all the stops to ensure a trendy selection and exciting offers are in store for our valued customers. Our team at Hameedia, would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone celebrating Christmas, all the very best for the season.”

Hameedia renowned for showcasing the best of its menswear collections during Christmas and New Year season, provides modern and trendy attire for gents. The seasonal collection includes latest fashion trends and sophisticated and chic collections filled with staples and essentials as well as accessories made from the finest materials, that all featured an array of designs and prints.

The Christmas collection is available at all Hameedia showrooms throughout the portfolio of LeBond, Envoy and FH brands, which are made from the finest high quality fabrics. Staying up-to-date with trends in the men’s fashion industry, Hameedia features a collection of stunning men’s evening wear, made from handloom and power loom fabrics, casual shirts made from printed cotton and linen fabrics, along with a range of shirts in multiple colours and styles, featuring both button down collars and slim collars.

Aside from the Christmas special offer, customers can also purchase other high quality clothing items from Hameedia’s casual brands; Envoy Sport, Envoy Linen Club, LB Sport, LB Leisure, Lee, Wrangler and many more.

From its inception, in 1949, Hameedia has cemented its place as the preferred menswear specialist in Sri Lanka with its world-class quality, custom tailoring and ready-made clothing. The company continues to make its presence felt locally and internationally with 25 outlets across Sri Lanka and stores in the Seychelles, Maldives and Australia respectively. Along with its own branded clothing and accessories which includes FH, Envoy, Le Bond and Signature, Hameedia also showcases international brands such as Raymond, Lee and Adidas.

EditorNovember 30, 2017


Sri Lankan fashion staple, Cotton Collection, launches its newest store in Pelawatte at 968, Thalawathugoda Road. The vibrant new branch will feature Cotton Collection’s flagship brand COCO and a host of other brands meant exclusively for free-spirited women. Spread over an expansive 2,700 square feet of retail space with ample parking, Cotton Collection’s newest store is located at the heart of bustling Pelawatte, right opposite the Hameedia Store.

Managing Director, Niloufer Esufally Anverally commented: “We are delighted to open an exclusively ladies store in Pelawatte. Our customer is unique and has a very distinctive taste. We have been frequently requested to move to Pelawatte. Finally, here we are, closer to our clientele living in this part of greater Colombo. It gives me great pleasure to invite valued customers in the area to visit their newest neighborhood Cotton Collection and to be part of the inauguration on 17th November at 10 am and enjoy our eclectic collection.”

The Exclusive All-Ladies Cotton Collection Store showcases a niche collection of brands including Cotton Collection’s pride of place flagship brand COCO and its own sprightly yet sophisticated accessory brand, Raspberry, alongside independent designer brands such as Kaveri and Aseesa.

EditorNovember 23, 2017


From Left: 1st Row – Mohamed Rameez – Retail sales Manager, M. Shiham – Assistant National Sales Manager HS Marketing, Indika Perera – General Manager HS Marketing, Chinthaka Wanigasekara – Group General Manager, Jamshid Sourjah – Head of Retail, Mohamed Hana Saleemdeen – Manager Human Capacity Development, M.H.M Ashkar – Area Manager,G.R Shantha – Area Manager

EditorNovember 23, 2017


The 30th of November 2017 will see DSI celebrate the opening of their third showroom in Ratnapura, which is to be one of the largest footwear outlet in town.

Situated at No 23 of the Seneviratne Building along the Main Street of Ratnapura, within a space of 2500 sq.ft., the new outlet also boasts of ample parking space and related facilities, which will be especially useful during the approaching season of Christmas.

The new DSI showroom offers a wide range of popular local brands – Beat, Beach Waves, AVI, Petalz, Jessica, Fun Souls, Tamik, U Softo, Ranpa, Samsons and Supersport, as well as renowned international brands including, Reebok, Puma, FILA and Red Tape, thus giving customers the opportunity to make their choice from a large variety of shoes, sandals, slippers and accessories for men, women and children.

Present at the showroom’s ceremonial opening will be Mr. Thusitha Rajapaksa, the Managing Director of D. Samson and Sons (Pvt) Ltd and other senior members of the organization. The management of DSI cordially invites all those on the look out for stylish footwear and accessories to visit the new showroom. Customers who visit the showroom on the opening day will enjoy a special discount of 10%, which will be valid only for the day.

Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd is one of the largest retail networks in the country, providing footwear, accessories and apparel to the local customer, and is the main marketing and distribution sector of the DSI Samson Group. The network of the organization spans more than 200 company outlets and 4000 dealers island wide.


EditorNovember 20, 2017


Seeks to unlock growth opportunities in the fast-evolving Sportswear and Athleisure domains

Sri Lanka’s leading exporter Brandix has announced plans to launch a joint venture with the global synthetic materials manufacturer Best Pacific of Hong Kong to produce synthetic fabric and webbing in Sri Lanka with specific focus on warp knit synthetic fabric.

An agreement signed by the two companies in Colombo this week envisages the construction of a manufacturing facility in Pannala for the manufacture of synthetic fabric and webbing. The joint venture will be managed by Best Pacific, a leading one-stop solutions provider in the synthetic space.

Commenting on the proposed joint venture, Brandix CEO Mr Ashroff Omar said: “This joint venture will propel Brandix’s drive towards delivering the most innovative and inspiring products to the consumer.”

The Best Pacific Group has established long-term and close collaboration with customers of leading brands such as Marks & Spencer, Spanx, Triumph, Victoria’s Secret, Wacoal, Aimer, Chantelle, Embry Form and Maniform. With its strong innovation and product development capabilities, the Group not only manufactures synthetic materials for these brands, but also jointly develops new materials and products in order to start new market trends for their products.

Sri Lanka’s ‘Exporter of the Year’, Brandix is the pioneer of the concept of ‘total solutions’ in the local apparel industry and has been ranked the country’s most valuable export brand in Brand Finance’s ranking of Sri Lanka’s leading brands in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

EditorNovember 20, 2017

  • Premier apparel Ind. sourcing event Intex -3 opens in Colombo
  • ‘Intex, the largest apparel sourcing event in the region’-PM Wickremesinghe
  • “Jan-Sept apparel exports surge, totalled closer to $ 4 Bn’-Rishad
  • Says GSP Plus boosted SL apparel exports to EU, $1.67 Bn so far
  • SL missed many regional oportunities’-PM RW
  • “Apparel exports to EU rose only 2% in pre-GSP Plus, but 3% surge after GSP arrived”Rishad says Govt’s improved int’l relations brought in EU GSP+

EU GSP Plus has delivered its most prominent success for Sri Lankan exports to-date since its announcement.

“As a result of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s efforts on GSP Plus, our apparel exports from January to September this year has increased by 11.3% to US $ 1.67 Billion” said the Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka on 15 November in Colombo. Minister Bathiudeen was addressing the launch event of the third edition of Intex South Asia 2017 in Colombo on 15 November joined by Prime Minister Ranil Wicremesinghe, (HE) South African High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Ms R P Marks and (H.E) High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Shri Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Having completed two previous fairs in 2015 and 2016 in Colombo, Intex has now become the largest and sole international textile sourcing event in South Asia for yarns, apparel fabrics, and accessories. A strong presence of Chinese, Indian and Hong Kong participants is seen-along with leading multinationals such as Reliance Industries, Bombay Rayon Fashions Ltd., Mekotex, The Woolmark Company are showcasing their material at this event which concludes on Friday 17.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called for more events like Intex as a way for Sri Lanka’s integration with the region. “Intex is the largest textile sourcing exhibition in the region” said PM Wickremesinghe and added: “It is also an indication of how we are integrated to the global trading system. SL apparel industry is important for our economy and is important for integration of Sri Lanka with the global trading system and the rest of South Asia. But there is more to be done. There are many opportunities in the value chain in the region that we have not taken. This type of events will lead to closer integration with South Asian countries.”

Minister Bathiudeen stressed that the EU GSP Plus has delivered for Sri Lankan apparel exports.

“Our government’s special efforts to improve our international relations were successful and has resulted in Sri Lanka receiving EU GSP Plus which greatly strengthened our exports, specially apparel exports” said Minister Bathiudeen and added: “Our apparel exports to EU has increased by only 2% from January to September 2016 in comparison to the same period in 2015. As a result of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s efforts, after receiving EU GSP Plus, our apparel exports to EU from January to September this year compared the same period last year at US $ 1.5 billion, has increased by a huge 11.3% to US $ 1.67 Billion. Even though US market is not connected to EU GSP our apparel exports to US too has increased this year by 12% to $ 1.8 billion (in January to September). I am also pleased to say that our overall apparel exports to all countries this year January to September increased by 13.4% to US $ 3.97 billion in comparison to the same period last year at US $ 3.5 billion.  We believe this growth trend would continue and therefore expect even better performance next year.”

In 2016, Sri Lanka’s apparel exports were at US $4.86 Bn, claiming 43% of total Sri Lankan exports basket of that year.

EditorNovember 18, 2017


Intimate apparel label amanté continues to reward its loyal clientele with a series of its popular ‘amanté Ignites’ events at its flagship Racecourse boutique. The series has been attended by a wide group of ladies drawn together by the promise of fun, learning and shared camaraderie.

Most recently amanté Ignites hosted the teams from Saaraketha Organics, Kitsch&, and Flow Health Bar for a session that was a fun and timely reminder- eating well doesn’t have to be boring. Guests listened to the teams talk about their drive for clean eating, and watched demonstrations on using good, locally sourced ingredients to create delectable meals. The guests were then challenged to a salad-off and given take-home tips from the teams at Saaraketha and Flow.

Then there was the event ‘Wine, Cheese and Words’ with a reading by Ashok Ferrey, Ameena Hussein and Savithri Rodrigo. Held at the amanté boutique at Racecourse Mall, the evening of books and banter was attended by amanté ‘Enchantresses’, the brand’s name for its loyal customer base. They were there to participate in a discussion led by Gratiaen Prize nominated author Ashok Ferrey, whose novels explore the fallacies of being Sri Lankan, alongside author, editor and publisher Ameena Hussein and media powerhouse Savithri Rodrigo.

Neither Ferrey, Hussein nor Rodrigo need great introduction to literary Sri Lankans. Ferrey has been shortlisted for multiple Gratiaen awards for his books ‘Colpetty People’, ‘Serendipity’ and ‘The Good Little Ceylonese Girl’. Hussein is the author of ‘Moon in the Water’, nominated for the Man Asian Literary Award, and runs the Perera Hussein Publishing House. Rodrigo is a recognized and respected name in electronic and print media and author of They Call Him Ken – The Life and Times of a Corporate Colossus – the soon to be released biography of Deshamanya Ken Balendra, she both participated in and helped to moderate a lively conversation at the event.

The amanté loyalty programme has been rewarding its members with these events regularly as it seeks to develop meaningful relationships with the women who have chosen amanté as their intimate wear of choice. The versatility of the events are a reflection of the label’s effort to reach out to the diverse casual interests of the amanté woman.

For example, the first workshop was a facial yoga session by Serena Burgess, founder of Om Space, who taught attendees how to use facial muscle relaxing techniques. Participants spent a morning learning how to tone and stretch facial muscles, increase circulation and reduce the appearance of wrinkles for a rejuvenated glow with their instructor.

The second amanté Ignites event brought in makeup and hairstylist experts Shane and Vinod from Arq Style House to demonstrate day-to-evening hairstyles and makeup looks. For the third edition, experiential travel expert Rukmankan Sivaloganathan of Trekurious divulged his secrets on trending travel destinations, activity and adventure travel and the off-the-beaten path hotspots for travellers in Sri Lanka. Rukmankan began his session with a quick round up of Colombo’s own hidden gems, then taking his guests on an adventure around Sri Lanka with the vivid pictures he painted with word on his travels.

The next, a session by Sulochana Dissanayake-founder of Power of Play- and Seema Omar, creative therapist, focused on how parents could meaningfully connect with kids over school holidays. The group learnt how to create a fun space for their kids using simple household items coupled with a heady dose of imagination. The duo also shared a wealth of useful reading material with the participants, who engaged in active learning sessions fuelled by what they had learnt.

“I’ve attended most of the sessions hosted by amanté over the last few months and they’ve been so much fun,” shared Sharon, a loyalty customer at the latest event. “Each new session has built on the expectation set by the one before, and the most recent Wine, Cheese and Words event with the writers sparked such an interesting conversation-it was truly a privilege to listen to them talk about what led them to writing, and how they have kept their writing alive and engaging all these years.” She also added, “I have been returning to amanté since I first visited a few years ago because there’s always something fresh and exciting in store. These events are a bonus for customers like me-I’m really looking forward to the next one!”

LBN EditorNovember 17, 2017


Representing Sri Lanka with 2 Quality Circles, the DSI Samson Group emerged as the Gold Award winners at the recently concluded International Quality and Productivity Convention 2017, which was conducted by the International Convention on Quality Control Circles (ICQCC) in Manila, Philippines, from the 24th to the 26th of October 2017.

Two subsidiaries of the DSI Group – D Samson Industries and Samson Bikes qualified to stage 2 Quality Circles at this International event after winning Gold Awards at the National QC Convention 2017. These coveted Gold Awards were achieved whilst in competition with 372 QCs from leading corporates and government institutions represented by major corporates of countries such as India, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.

“We are extremely proud of the enthusiasm and the commitment of our valuable employees, especially at our factories.  Their loyal contributions towards the continuous improvement and productivity towards manufacturing excellence are highly valued and much appreciated. Winning two Gold Awards at this convention is something extremely commendable.” said the Group Managing Director, Mr. Kulathunga Rajapaksa.

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