Business is all about novelty and innovation, and who better to understand the same than the budding, young entrepreneurs of Bangladesh. Already a renowned destination for apparel sourcing which is teaming with umpteen number of garment manufacturers and buying entities, Apparel Resources met a bunch of young entrepreneurs, who have decided to look beyond just manufacturing, exporting, and sourcing, to try something different.
“We love to call ourselves a solution centre and a networking system. A flock of hard-working, highly proactive and self-motivated textile engineers mainly from Pabna Textile Engineering College with a common dream have come together under an umbrella named PHITEX through which we try to provide solutions to every problem/issue by leveraging the knowledge-base across our network of professionals,” maintains Monirul Islam Iqra, the Director of PHITEX speaking to Apparel Resources, sitting with his two business partners at their Uttara based office in Dhaka.
Boasting of a huge network of professionals engaged in different fields and each having his/her own domain expertise, PHITEX leverages this knowledge-base to provide all kinds of solutions, be it in sourcing garments, accessories, fabric, merchandising, design development, quality control, technical assistance, or supply chain management.
“We have in our network around 2000 merchandisers alone,” claims a proud Monirul, whose idea to come up with a complete solution providing centre struck early in his career as a merchandiser. “We are a set of textile engineers who have worked or are working in different positions in this industry. During our working days, many of us have come across situations where we needed help from external sources to guide us. But, due to lack of any such solution provider who has in-depth knowledge and expertise in the entire supply chain and production, it was difficult to handle such situations. That is when we decided to come up with PHITEX as a one-stop solution provider,” explains Monirul.
In terms of RMG, PHITEX guarantees manufacturing apparels from well-established manufacturing units, ensuring the best quality and timely shipment, tailor-made to the clients’ requirement. “From the very beginning of our journey, we are sourcing premium quality fabrics from home and abroad. In this short period of our journey, we have supplied fabrics to the top retail brands and manufacturers of the country. Quality is always our main concern and we never compromise on it. Throughout the supply chain, we maintain quality and deadline with affordable pricing. Surpassing our supplier identity, we want to be a proud partner of our client’s growth through our services,” opines Monirul, who provides complete solution towards sourcing wide range of woven/knit/non-woven fabrics with specialty in Fleece/PU/Sherpa/Fur/Pongee/Mesh/Taslan etc.
In the supply management side, PHITEX ensures uninterrupted supply chain through its supply chain personnel who are experienced in cross-functional product movement management. The same is applicable in the fields of design development and technical support. “We provide complete design support and develop new styles for the top manufacturers of the country. Our expert designers who have specialised training from various fashion institutions from home and abroad have developed designs for many top retail brands,” Monirul says.
Monirul and his business partners actively leverage all social platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook, Viber, WeChat, etc., to build and increase the network further. “We also organise social events frequently to bring in the professionals under one roof, so that they can share their knowledge, challenges, exchange ideas, and figure out solutions to all their problems. Besides, we also have very strong connections with numerous textile engineering colleges/fashion schools etc.,” says the Director of PHITEX, whose ultimate dream is to come up with their own brand that would be popular globally.
Clocking turnover of around US $ 1 million in the very first year of starting operations, the objective of PHITEX is to provide perfect services in all stages of the textile industry. “We believe as a textile professional, it is our responsibility to make a small but significant contribution in the journey of our industry. That’s why, we are using PHITEX to try and make a positive impact in all the branches of the textile industry through our efforts and trustworthy services,” winds up Monirul.