Esprit launches flagship store in Chennai

20th October, 2008

Esprit, the leading international lifestyle brand today announced the launch of its flagship store in Chennai at No. 8, Buva House, Khader Nivas Khan Road, Nungambakam, Chennai, with celebrated actor Madhavan.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Manjula Tiwari, COO, Esprit, said: "The opening of this beautiful and unusual store is a great milestone for Esprit in India. The brand has enjoyed tremendous response from the consumers in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and we are very excited to bring this unique concept store for the first time in India and as our first store in Chennai. With its well appointed spaces and shopping experience this store too, we foresee it will become a must in any shopping trip in Chennai."

The 6000 + sq. ft. store has been built retaining the charm of the mansion and its essence giving way to a beautifully crafted Esprit Heritage Store.

Everything added compliments the original look of the house. The layout of the store with its little tucked away spaces adds to the air of mystery allowing guests to discover the different worlds of Esprit and browse in privacy.

Housed in this beautiful structure is Esprit's latest Autumn/Holiday 2008/2009 collection for men, women & children.

The Autumn/Holiday 2008/2009 collection accentuates a sporty statement through colours like natural tones, yellow, green and pink amongst others. The collection is high on creativity and innovative in design with a focus on quality. It caters to the smart and chic urban with a distinct taste for silhouettes that are strong individualistic statement pieces. The trademarks of the collection are the strong elements of surface detailing and ornamentation with an emphasis on comfort and wear-ability.

Twilight tones and precious jewel colours characterise the look in a diversity of materials: tweeds, cotton, soft silk, felted fabrics, wool, nylon and satin. Knitted pullovers, cardigans, long-sleeve polo shirts make a bold statement with elegant dark denim styles. The design is slim: longer hems, the waist emphasised, wider cut Marlene Dietrich styles and flared pants in structured cotton fabrics and minimalist patterns emphasize the silhouette.

Globally Esprit works on a 12-season concept with every store launching a fresh look and new styles to its existing variety every month. The brand offers a plethora of choice with the availability of The Casual World - for daily wear, The Collection World - formal/official and evening wear, The EDC World - for the youth, The Kids World for 2-11 years and The Accessory World - bags, belts, socks, scarves, ties, etc.

About Esprit
Esprit is an international youthful lifestyle brand offering smart luxury and bringing newness to life.  Esprit has a global turnover of around USD 5 billion in retail value and is present in 40 countries and 650 free standing stores. Founded in 1968 in San Francisco, USA, Esprit celebrates its 40th birthday this year.

Esprit offers various product lines targeting women, men's and kids' apparel, bodywear, sportswear, shoes, accessories and other licensed products, including time wear, jewellery, fragrance and bed and bath amongst others. The Esprit group operates in approximately 600 directly managed retail outlets and has over 13000 wholesale outlets internationally. After experiencing tremendous success in Europe, Asia Pacific and the US, Esprit Holdings Ltd. sees a great future in emerging markets like China and India. It already has a No. 1 rank in China with retail outlets.

In India, Esprit has exclusive stores in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Pune, Ahmedabad and Ludhiana.

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For further information contact:
Ms. Janet Arole,
Manager-Media Relations,
Madura Garments