Pakistanâ€™s fashion retail industry in recent years has been gigantic rise creating space for local as well as global brands which feed the lifestyle needs of the rising well off middle class. However, with Pakistan being a Muslim country, another avenue for fashion-savvy ladies has started knocking the doors of the countryâ€™s retail industry.
The â€˜modest fashionâ€™, which comprises long shirts, colourful hijabs and other such ready-to-wear apparels, at brand stores is something new for Pakistani women where brands are offering printed lawns and prÃªt wears throughout the year. This is especially the case in womenâ€™s apparel category,
Rabia Z, a global pioneer in modest fashion category, perceiving this demand has decided to choose Pakistanâ€™s lucrative market as its next destination after dominating markets in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.
Rabia Zâ€™s Founder and Chief Executive Officer Rabia Zargarpur said that in the next five years, the modest fashion industry will lead the Pakistani womenâ€™s wear market, leading it to become a household name.
Pakistan is among the top 10 consumer markets in their list where people like to spend on apparels. The country has a huge potential in fashion apparel segments, which is evident from the fact that a lot of fashion brands are already flourishing.
The Emirati entrepreneurâ€™s core business model revolves around e-commerce. Since the brandâ€™s inception in 2001, she has focused on the internet to promote and expand Rabia Zâ€™s presence throughout the globe.
In Pakistan, the formal launch will be held this summer and it will also be based on e-commerce model. However, in future, Zargarpur plans to establish a proper retail set-up and will engineer the modest fashion apparel brand by using the countryâ€™s rich culture.
They are also interested in starting production in Pakistan and then sourcing all the natural fabrics from here. Once the foundation is set, they will expand and look for outlets for wholesaling and stocking at good retail stores.
They might also delve into the franchise model in collaboration with some of the leading textile groups of the country.
The brand already has a presence in Pakistan with the company selling its products via e-commerce, catering to the ever-rising demand.
However, in order to capitalise on the opportunity, big business groups should come together to support struggling designers and brands. Women designers in Pakistan, who are designing apparels as a hobby, should consider converting it into a business with some value addition. There is so much talent and rich culture in the country that the designers can increase their customer base.
In general it is seen that Muslim countries are already spending billions of dollars on apparels and global Islamic fashion clothing is among top three segments. By 2020, it is expected that the global Muslim spending on Islamic fashion apparel could reach up to $368 billion and Pakistan, as one of the top 10 consumer markets, could definitely play its role.
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