ATLANTA — Burlington Worldwide Limited has launched a joint venture to supply the Burlington Collection, a line of worsted wool and tweed suitings, in India.
The company, a unit of WL Ross & Co.,LLC’s majority-owned International Textile Group Inc. (ITG) and OCM India Ltd. rolled out a line of worsted wool fabrics in five designs and a pair of tweed designs at a dinner and fashion show held at the Shangri-la in New Delhi on July 23 for India’s fashion industry.
The Burlington collection, said Ken Kunberger, president of Burlington Worldwide, “reflects the extraordinary Indian flavor for design and colors combined with advanced fabric performance.”
The suitings fabric designs are Accolade, an all-wool collection; Optim, a woven in twill; Lifestyle, a twill weaved striped fabric with a contemporary look; Adonia, a twill and herringbone Super 120s fabric; and Cynosure, a Super 100s fabric available in many hues and colors.
The tweeds are Radiance, a silk wool jacketing design in an all-American look, and Agostino, a wool jacketing in Super 100s with some cashmere in a twill, herringbones and structured weaves.
Indian designers Raghavendra Rathore, Ashish Soni, Varun Bahl and Vijay Arora showcased their designs using the fabrics at the fashion show.
Joseph Gorga, president and CEO, ITG, said that India is a key part of ITG’s global platform. “As one of the world’s fastest growing markets, it provides competitive supply chain opportunities and access to new consumer markets. The response to our products is overwhelming, and we ae delighted to offer a premium, quality worsted suiting fabric to this region.”
Wilbur L. Ross Jr., chairman and CEO, WL Ross & Co., LLC and Ranjeet Nabha, managing director and CEO of WL Ross India, also spoke at the event.
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Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
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