Bangladesh Denim Expo has been organized by Mr. Mostafiz Uddin, managing director of Denim Expert Ltd., as a non-profit exercise. The Expo’s objective is to showcase Bangladesh’s growth potential in the denim industry. Bangladesh is well-known for denim and jeans production, for both niche and mass markets. Buyers respect the Bangladeshi ability to offer great margins and high-quality goods.
While delivering strong commercial opportunities, the Bangladesh Denim Expo operates from a platform of responsibility. The show has the spirit of a collective, with like-minded denim players from around the world bringing to life a new vision. When people meet Mr. Mostafiz Uddin, they recognise his passion. He is passionate about denim, to the point of getting hands-on involved in the design and laundry, and creating his own brand blueXonly that sells in European market. Mr. Uddin started in 1999 with a buying office, then established the Denim Expert factory – a Bangladesh-Netherlands joint venture, the facility is built to European standards, in structure, in workers’ rights and in health & safety. Now he turns his attention to the Bangladesh Denim Expo, to focus the denim industry on the outstanding potential in this country.
“My personal drive is to make a difference for my industry, but equally for my country. I want to be the agent of change who, together with my friends and colleagues in the denim world, sets a new scene for how international buyers and brands see Bangladesh in the future,” says Mr. Uddin.
Accelerating the denim trade in Bangladesh is not only good business, but it is a vital catalyst for improving the quality of life here.
There is another story behind the business boom – the story of a nation and its people. The garment industry is a major employer, especially of women from the poor countryside who have very few options to earn a living. They are mostly excluded from formal work in cities, but our industry gives them opportunities. Indeed, women make up 80 per cent of the fashion workforce. By realizing its potential, the denim trade in Bangladesh can lift people out of poverty.
What is good for the people of Bangladesh becomes good for the denim industry. Buyers and brands profit as a more stable workforce means better products, while greater investment in education means skills will endure.The collapse in 2013 of the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka was a national tragedy that was felt around the world. Initiatives like the Bangladesh Denim Expo, by raising standards, prevent a repeat of these terrible events.
This country is on a great adventure: an inspiring trip to the world of blue. We ask you to join us on this ride. At the Bangladesh Denim Expo, we will share your passion, realize your goals and together create a market that respects the environment and the people of this planet. From the humble beginnings of a trade show, we can build a future for all of us, and our children.
Come on, let’s rock those jeans!