Networking, Reconnecting and Getting Inspiration

Today, I am not going to share any tips or not going to teach you any lesson on IE or Quality control or production management. Last week I participated in the Tantu Seminar. To me, the day was for networking with industry professionals and reconnecting with alumnus, teachers, friends and getting inspiration from the speech of the start-up founders and from the business leaders.

I have captured the eventful day in pictures. Let me tell you that I was part of the seminar organising committee and I was the editor of Tantu Annual Journal.

In the seminar, we had 10 speakers and 7 presenters from the industry. The panel discussions and presentations were primarily on denim and jeans manufacturing, its supply chain, sustainability and circularity in the fashion industry.

The day was eventful to me for many reasons.

Networking and Reconnecting

On the day, I met many industry professionals, my friends, ex-colleagues, media friends, students and junior. Few names I like to add to my diary…

Sandeep Agarwal, Editor and Blogger at denimsandjeans.com. He runs the well-known denim blog and organizes denim show. I know him for more than 8 years and met him first time in this event.

Connecting with another blogger
Photo with Sandeep Agarwal 
Mausmi Ambastha, Founder & COO at ThreadSol. She was my classmate at NIFT. 
reconnecting with friends
Photo with Mausmi Ambastha
Manoj Singh, my ex-colleague and friend. He is now running an apparel consultancy firm named Excellentiaa.  Md. Jasim Uddin, Project Director of NZ denim, Bangladesh. 

Manoj Singh (L), Md. Jasim Uddin, Prasanta Sarkar (R)

Met Subaash Dhananjayan, Vice President - Anugraha Fashion Mill, Tirupur.  He came from Tirupur.
Selfie with Subaash and Manoj
Rahul Mahajan, Sales and marketing director at Datatex. He was my senior in NIFT, New Delhi.

Presenting memento to Rahul Mahajan
Ram Sareen, CEO and Founder, Tukatech. He spoke on developing digital sample for jeans and reducing sample development cost and time through adopting digital samples. This is one of the sustainable ways of doing apparel business. He suggested one good idea of how garment factories can reduce production lead time by reducing fabric segregation and fabric grouping. This is possible if garment manufacturers and fabric mill work together and fabric mills share fabric grouping information with their buyers.

I met speakers from Ramsons, Fortuna colours, SipItaly and Macpi group, Ama Herbals. 

Presenting memento to Vinod Krishnamurthy Iyer, CEO, Fortuna Colours
Though many feel in an event, all people look for business opportunities and become busy with promoting company and brands. However, the more important thing is building connections. In today's business, we need connections and networking.

In this event, things that I liked the most - all the professionals love their business, love their working field - all innovative thinkers - everyone doing their bit to make this apparel manufacturing and apparel supply chain sustainable and their effort towards making our mother earth a better place for living.

Inspiration

When I listen to speakers talking about how we can make the fashion manufacturing industry sustainable, it inspired me to be part of the sustainability drive. For me, circular fashion, sustainability, circular economy, closed loop economy is the new areas to explore. I got many ideas for writing articles and blog posts.

On the other hand, I got encouragement from my super super super seniors like Chandan Saha da (Industry expert), Ravi Sir (Professor, IIT Delhi), Kalesh Nath da (Professor, TITS, Bhiwani), Arindam Basu sir (DG at NITRA) for my writing work and blogging. That is the true inspiration one needs to continue hard work without expecting any return.

Thanksgiving

I am thankful to Dr Prabir Jana for taking the lead for organizing this seminar. Let me mention here that he was my professor at NIFT. Thanks to all Tantu members. I can't stop myself sharing the team photo, wearing a stitch-less t-shirt, whose efforts made this event a great success.
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Tantu team
It was a great feeling being part of the association and of the event. I felt that I am not disconnected from the institutes, industry, friends and contacts.

I observed a great energy level and learning spirit among the young engineers.

I was not only me who get benefitted from the event. The speakers and other participants we benefitted as well - many of them talking about business collaboration and working together for mutual benefits. Sanjay Goel, a NIFT alumnus and founder of two start-up companies, is starting a new business. He invites people from the industry for working with him in his new start-up.

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