India's Reliance launches first premium fashion store; will compete with Zara, Mango

The move is a part of the Ambani-led company's aggressive strides in the retail industry, forging partnerships with domestic and global brands



Published: Thu 29 Sep 2022, 11:37 AM

Reliance Industries Ltd's (RELI.NS) retail unit launched its first in-house premium fashion and lifestyle store on Thursday, as the billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led company continues to grab a bigger slice of India's luxury market.

The new store chain called Azorte, the first of which was launched in Bengaluru, will compete with the likes of Mango and Industria de Diseno Textil SA-owned Zara (ITX.MC), and cater to millennials and Gen Z.

"The mid-premium fashion segment is one of fastest growing consumer segments as millennials and Gen Z are increasingly demanding the latest in international and contemporary Indian fashion," Akhilesh Prasad, chief executive of the fashion and lifestyle arm of Reliance Retail, said.

The launch is a part of the Ambani company's aggressive strides in the retail industry, forging partnerships with domestic and global brands.

The company plans to build a portfolio of 50 to 60 grocery, household and personal care brands within the year, and is in advanced talks to get the rights for LVMH-owned French beauty brand Sephora in India.

Reliance's luxury and lifestyle foray has been led by Ambani's daughter Isha.

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