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Pepe Jeans to roll out innerwear range

The new entity, Pepe Jeans Inner Fashions Pvt Ltd will have an initial capital base of Rs 72 cr.

Avishek Rakshit  |  Kolkata 

Pepe Jeans
Pepe Jeans

After rolling out a wide denim portfolio as well as shirt and t-shirt lines, India, owned by UK based Europe B.V. will be entering the innerwear segment and is forming a joint venture with Ltd for the product line.

The new entity, Inner Fashions Pvt Ltd, which will have an initial capital base of Rs. 72 crore, will have an equal share holding from both these firms which will imply a Rs 36 crore foreign direct investment in the innerwear space. In the next 4-5 years, a total of Rs. 200 crore investment will be made in this entity.

"Globally, we have our innerwear category but it was absent in India. So we were scouting for a partner who can manufacture as well as help in distribution of innerwear", Kavindra Mishra, managing director at India said.

Pepe Jeans, which forayed into India in 1989, has presence across 1,110 multi-brand outlets, 364 large-format stores and 216 brand outlets while has presence across 1,00,000 multi-brand outlets.

"The sales channels for apparel and innerwear are very different and one needs to be careful in selecting the trade channels", V.K. Gupta, managing director at said.

In the first year of operations, India, which clocked Rs. 424 crore topline in the last fiscal year, will eye Rs. 60 crore revenue from the innerwear range. This product category is likely to be launched by the end of the current fiscal year.

Mishra said in the next 9-10 years, his company is eyeing Rs. 600 crore from the innerwear line.

The branded innerwear market in India is pegged at Rs. 8,000 crore of which 25 per cent is under the premium category.

 

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