It has been famously quoted that a man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with people and based on this premise, the Intimate Apparel Association of India organised an all India Manufacturers’ Meet on 8th July 2010 at Hotel Atithi, Mumbai. The meeting saw the coming together of 80 big and small manufacturers from all over the nation. The meeting began at 8.00 p.m. and was followed by dinner which saw enthusiastic discussions about the bright prospects that the association poses.
The meet was convened with multiple intentions, the most basic being educating the manufacturers about the objectives and benefits of the association and inviting fresh memberships. With the nine founding members and some of the most respected names in the industry on the stage, the audience was briefed about the entire thought process and procedure that led to the formation of the Intimate Apparel Association of India alongwith the action plan for the first year of service
The Intimate Apparel Association of India was formed on 30th May 2010 by nine eminent visionaries of the industry. The aim behind forming the association was to provide structure and organisation to the industry and establish an apex body that looks into the concerns and interest for the welfare of the industry as a whole including all its affiliates. The two major concerns that the association will address are protecting the industry from any government policy that may prove detrimental to its growth and formulating ways to encourage the increase in consumption of intimate wear in India. The nine founding members – Mr. Rakesh Grover, Mr. Dhiraj Vora, Mr. Rajiv Padwal, Mr. Shashikant Trevadia, Mr. Sanjay Dawar, Mr. Dhiraj Mehta, Mr. Rajesh Dedhia, Mr. Hitesh Ruparelia, and Mr. Dipesh Kubadia carried out an internal election and thus, the first managing committee of the association came into being.
The association has been registered as a non-profit organisation under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 and has two kinds of memberships – Primary Members which include the manufacturers of Intimate Apparel who have the voting rights and Associate Members who could be retailers, suppliers or anyone other than a manufacturer who has anything to do with this industry. The associate members do not have the voting rights.
Some of the projects that the association proposes to undertake in the near future are – holding buyer-seller meets, set up a library with various publications on intimate apparel, hold seminars on topics relevant to the growth and welfare of the industry etc.