(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka Apparel Brands Association (SLABA), an association established to protect and uplift the domestic garment manufacturers of the nation announced Mr. Azam Habib, the Managing Director of Grace Lanka Apparels (Pvt) Ltd, as the new president of its executive committee.
The association sees great potential within the domestic manufacturers.With the new appointment, the chairman of SLABA wishes to strengthen and improve the domestic garment manufacturing industry by educating & encouraging its members to ‘think big’ to expand the domestic industry to a whole new level on a bigger platform with modern and innovative technologies.
“We have approximately 60 extremely committed members within the Association; each member is committed to achieve the set goals. I see great talent and want within the locals, what we lack is innovation, some have already made arrangements to invest in modern technologies and machinery that will help uplift the industry and assist us to place ourselves within the international market” said Mr. Azam Habib Managing Director, Grace Lanka Apparels (Pvt) Ltd.
Grace Lanka Apparels (Pvt) Ltd was established in the year 2005 with just 22 operators. Today the organization employees approximately 300 employeesand is the single largest importer for linen in Sri Lanka. The organization produces linen clothing with 100% authentic linen for men and children and is hoping to introduce a range of ladies clothing in the near future.
Anationz is an exclusive brand introducedto the market in 2009 by Grace Lanka (Pvt) Ltd; the brand caters to the modern man with fine taste for fashion and quality. Anationz is the preferred brand for linen clothing amongst most Sri Lankans and is available at many leading stores island wide via its wide network of retail partners.
The Domestic Garment Manufacturers Association (DGMA) founded by Late Deshamanya A Y S Gnanam was rebranded and incorporated as the Sri Lanka Apparel Brands Association(SLABA) , under the stewardship of Indradatta Dharmawardane.The association was established in order to uphold and safeguard the local garment manufacturers while providing a platform to showcase their produce in the international market. The association has come a long way since its inception and hope to improve further while maintaining environmentally friendly, ethical production traditions.