Artistic Milliners’ statistics are dizzying: an annual production capacity of 108 million meters of fabric and 30 million garments.
The Karachi-based denim and garment manufacturing giant which has R&D offshoots in Dubai, New York and Los Angeles, is also one of the industrial world’s most effective champions of renewable energy, is adored by feminists – women fill key positions and work facilities include free, quality infant day care – and has an enviable leader in its personable CEO, Omer Ahmed.
The denim powerhouse that grew from a retail store established in 1949 and started producing for Levi’s in 2003, will be a star attraction at the Footwear and Accessories Show Australia, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, November 21-23.
Joining Artistic Milliners at the fair’s Pakistan pavilion – as always, a commanding, popular presence – will be close to 30 companies whose offerings will include leather fashion, work and sportswear, and home furnishing and textiles.
Among major names will be Lahore’s Nishat Chunian Limited, renowned for its state of the art spinning, weaving and home textiles operations – the latter covering bed and table linen, curtains and institutional textiles. The company is part of the multi-pronged Nishat Chunian Group which is dedicated to clean, green policies and in 2000, established the English-medium Nishat High School to serve its employees’ children and the general public.
Also inspirational is US Group, founded in 1975 by friends Mian Ahsan and Javed Bhatti, and named after their first-born children, Umar and Siddique. With the help of two rented sewing machines, the men began with garments including shalwar kameez and sweaters, then found their forte – denim fabric and apparel, now exported across the globe.
“Your premium Pakistan clothing manufacturer – made to order with colour, design, fabrics and style of your choice,” promises sportswear specialist, Mr Euro. The versatile company also offers casualwear for men and women, plus colourful collections of tote bags and gloves – boxing gloves included.
Sportswear is also Samar Setup’s forte. The Punjab company covers popular sports including soccer, basketball, baseball, ice hockey and cycling. As well, it produces an impressive range of workwear from coveralls to hi-viz jackets and vests.
From mass favourites to the seriously niche – and in the case of Masonic Regalia International, a striking array of both. Not only does the Punjab company manufacture a comprehensive sportswear range, but as its name suggests, it serves the ceremonial needs of Freemasonry.
Providing further exotica will be L’art of Leather with its latest collections of jackets and trench coats for men and women, bags and accessories, and home décor from cushion covers to hallway runners. Most have been crafted from cowhide and they are stunning.
Visit these exciting exhibitors from Pakistan on display at the Global Sourcing Expo and Footwear & Accessories Show on 21 – 23 October 2023. Registration is free for those in the fashion industry.