Interview with Anjali Schiavina

Anjali Schiavina
Anjali Schiavina
Mandala Apparels Pvt Ltd
Mandala Apparels Pvt Ltd

Where all do you export?

Our core markets are the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe (Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Austria). We also export to the US, Japan and Australia. Again, we are looking at a larger picture in the coming financial year to enter new markets.

Who is the designer of the collections?

The international brands that we collaborate with do the designing for the collections.

How many collections do you make in a year?

Our international brands make anything between two and four collections a year.

Which are your best markets?

Our best markets would be the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe.

What kind of garments do you export?

We export infants', kids', men's and women's wear in the prét-a-porter segment.

Is Pondicherry a good place for a garment factory?

Absolutely. Pondicherry is a melting pot of people, cultures and ideals, fuelled by a spiritual ambience. I think it is a perfect place for Mandala Apparels as it aligns with the core values of the city itself.

How environmentally sustainable are your manufacturing units?

Mandala Apparels strongly believes in reducing, recycling and upcycling. Our paper waste is sent for recycling and fabric wastes are split into small and big wastes. The big waste goes to Goonj, an organisation based out of New Delhi. They developed and are continuing the not just a piece of cloth (NJPC) project that makes affordable sanitary napkins from waste cloth. The smaller waste bits are planned to be used to make patch work with quilting for self-help groups. Knit fabric wastes are sold to hand-made paper factories in and around Pondicherry. We are planning to collect food waste and convert into compost.

How many machines and workers do you have?

At present, we have 130 machines and 200 workers and out of which 80 per cent are women.

Do you follow any innovative schemes and plans?

I believe in innovations. It is one of the key aspects in evolving as a company. We are constantly working on facilitating our employees with skill development programmes, medical campaigns, financial awareness programmes, happiness programmes in collaboration with Art of Living, etc. This enables them to have a holistic approach towards life.

Do cotton prices affect your business?

Yes, but it is never a hindrance for our company. Our company has given a commitment towards purchasing certain quantity of organic cotton from our suppliers for the next one year. We are extremely proud and happy about this. We are always more than ready to pay for what organic cotton deserves.
Published on: 18/03/2016

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