With the new Prime Minister becoming the brand ambassador of ‘Upbeat India’, there is mood of positivity all around and a message of stability sent out to the buyers in Europe and the United States. “This shall definitely benefit India,” say the country heads and buying office heads sitting in the country and with whom Apparel Online had tête-à-tête. Forecast for the holiday season is very bright, leading to the buoyant spring/summer as the buying offices in India too have witnessed increase in order placement this year, vis-à-vis last year. Truly said – ‘One person’s waste is another person’s resource’, under the ‘Value Addition’ segment, the issue contains an interesting story – ‘Turning waste into fashion staple’ – how fabric scraps give an interesting twist to garments and accessories. Getting rid of tonnes of textile waste from various mills, export houses and designer boutiques every day and turning the same wastage into new fashion designs is indeed a novelty of its kind. Since immemorial, India is known for using these fabric pieces called chindi or katran as weft to create rugs and durries. But more recently, developments have been made in the creative use of fabric waste as surface ornamentation in garment and accessories. Besides the above, our regular columns of Mind Tree, H2F, Fashion Trends, Industry Wire, Export Statistics, etc. make the issue worth reading.