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“It is about constantly reimagining the company and looking at the possible threats and the competitive framework. An eye for those kinds of details has kept the company going for so many years,” says Lalbhai.
Swadeshi origins Arvind started out as Arvind Mills, founded in 1931 by three brothers (including Lalbhai’s grandfather Kasturbhai Lalbhai) just as Indians had begun burning foreign clothes inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Swadeshi and Civil Disobedience movement.
Indigenous clothes were in demand and the company was poised to cash in on the opportunity.
More than six decades later, in 1992, Arvind brought to India Arrow, among the earliest global apparel brands arriving in the country.
The first outlet in Mumbai’s Girgaon Chowpatty area is a landmark of sorts even today.
In the late ’70s, when power looms began to expand rapidly in Ahmedabad, the worried owners of 74 composite textile mills met a young man who had just completed his MBA from Mumbai’s Jamnalal Bajaj Institute.