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CONTENTS Topic Page No. 1.Company Overview 2.Understanding the Market and Competition a) Leather Industry: An Overview 4 b) Market Growth & Market Share 4 c)Product Portfolio d) Market Competitors 3.STP Analysis a) Segmentation b) Targeting c)Positioning 4.Product Strategy

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Product Levels & Hierarchy 10


b) Line & Brand Extension 11


Hidesign: The Evolution of a Brand 12

5.Tracing Advertising 14 6.Tracking Promotions 18


Distribution Strategy 20 Pricing Strategy 23


9.Product Life Cycle 26


New Product and Development Strategy 28

Hidesign is an Indian high fashion leather house. It started its operations in 1978 as a small workshop in Auroville in 1978. Hidesign was set up by Dilip Kapur in 1978 as a one man artisan shop which he operated from his house. It was a kind of homecoming for Hidesign, which Mr Dilip Kapur started as a hobby when he returned to India to live on a commune after his education in the US.

From its humble origins in a workshop with one artisan worker, Hidesign has grown to a business with $22m in revenues in the 2010 fiscal year. The handbag market grows at 15% annually in India. In 1990, Hidesign opened the current factory in Pondicherry. During its first decade of existence, 80% of Hidesigns customers were foreigners and the company used foreign distributors to reach them. Hidesign has grown from its artisan roots to an international brand with over 60 exclusive retail stores and a distribution network across more than 20 countries of over 2000 stores. Hidesign can be found at premium international outlets, including John Lewis and House of Fraser in the UK, Myers and David Jones in Australia, Stuttafords and Edgars in South Africa, Lifestyle and Shoppers Stop in India and Parkson, Robinsons and Isetan in Southeast Asia.

Timeline of Important Events:


Leather Industry in India: An overview
India is the fifth largest exporter of leather goods and accessories in the world. Indias share in global leather Goods & Accessories segment is 4.84% in 2008. Leather Goods and accessories present in India bear brand names like Hidesign, Coach, Pierre Cardin, Yves St Laurent, Etienne Aigner, Geoffery Beene, Harrods, Marks & Spencer, Liz Caliborne, Guess, Next, Tommy Hilfiger, Kieffer,

Waldhausen, Biemen, Nederinum, Zaldi, Kallquists, Shires, GFS, Millers, Eisers, Weco, Ukal and Decalthon.

Market Growth and Market Share:

After the product launch and by 1982, Hidesign was exporting mainly to the UK, Australia and Europe. In 1985, John Lewis was the first UK department store to carry Hidesigns complete line of products. Hidesign sold primarily to the US, Europe and the UK in stores such as Selfridges, Liberty and John Lewis. Hidesign started selling within India only in 1999. They opened their first store in Bangalore. It entered as Indian incomes rose and the growing middle-class became more fashion-conscious. In 2000, domestic sales were only 6 per cent of total revenues. Over the next nine years it succeeded in creating 46 stores, all but two of which are operated by the company itself. Hidesign went in for a major expansion in India in 2002-2003. The fact that the global market for luxury goods was facing a slowdown while the Indian fashion market was buoyant and that there were no

major competitors in the same category at the top end of market, prompted Hidesign to exploit the huge opportunity. The Indian leather market is expected to be around Rs 1000 crore and the branded market is around 120 crore. Hidesign is India's premier leather goods company that makes leather bags, briefcases and wallets. This 90 crore brand is the Indian brand that features in the premium international stores worldwide. India has become a booming market for Hidesign. Last year, India accounted for 50 per cent of revenues. The company has increasingly focused on dynamic Asian countries for future growth. However, the strongest growth has come from the womens section, which now accounts for 50 per cent of the turnover.

Product Portfolio
The portfolio of the Hidesign products consists of luxury leather goods such as:

All products are designed and manufactured by the company using genuine leather. Market Competitors The Indian leather goods market is still hugely unorganised. There are a number of individual shops selling products made by individual craftsmen. Talking about the competitors nationally, there is regional competition, but no national competitors. Internationally, the competition comes from upper-middle Italian brands. Bally, Bottega Veneta, Coach, Fendi, Gucci, Lancel, Longchamp are some of the competitors in local as well as international market.

Segmentation by Hidesign:

Psychographic segmentation:
It is an example of segmentation based on the lifestyle of its consumers. The brand is targeted at people who value style and elegance in a classical sense, that is, those who want to make personal statement of their style and value the evolved nature of their preference. Thus they are able to target a wide range of customers ranging from young college students to successful business professionals.


Demographic Segmentation: Gender Segmentation: Hidesign started out as a very strong

brand for men more rational, rugged and product feature oriented. When they first launched in India, 80 per cent of the turnover came from the mens products. The brand worked extremely well for professionals and executives, both at work and leisure. However, over the years, it had acquired a touch of femininitya quality of touch and feel with strong aesthetic appeal that evoked a sense of beauty within the individual.

Generation, Income, Social Class Segmentation: The brand

is aimed at young upper class people and it was priced accordingly. A typical Hidesign retail customer was welleducated and typically was a service industry executive. 53% were age 25-35, 30% 35-45, and 10% over the age of 45. It is also represented in the pie chart below. One thing that can be inferred from this data is that Hidesign needs to work on its image in the eyes of the young crowd, which sometimes

perceives Hidesign as a classy but non trendy brand. Over the past couple of years Hidesign has taken many initiatives in this regard such as the Pink campaign and offering products at slightly lesser cost to lure the young prospective customer.

Their laptop bags have been a surprising hit, which has been attributed to the increasing numbers of working Indian women who are seeking functionality and fashion. The target market consists of people belonging to high income households, who travel frequently, often internationally; and insists on high quality products. Hidesign has created a new brand, Holii, aimed at the mid-tomass market segments, with products costing a third less than Hidesigns existing wares.

The target market consists of people belonging to high income households, who travel frequently, often internationally; and insists on high quality products. Further, their customer would be anyone who is career-driven, globalised, cosmopolitan, who is well read and well travelled. Hidesign targets customers who are primarily in the 25-35 agegroup; internationally it would be around 30-40 year old.

The high per capita income, coupled with a brand-conscious lifestyle, ensures ongoing demand and tremendous growth prospects for international brands such as Hidesign.

The name Hidesign was formed by merging the words hide and design. The brand was initially promoted in travel and fashion magazine. But the brand was initially perceived as a boring one in the Indian market. Different campaigns and advertising went into changing this notion. The brand identity is more luxury oriented and more feminine. However, the core values are still the same that we are ecological and natural our manufacturing process, and still believe in high craftsmanship in modern designing. The new brand image is more driven by luxury and exclusivity. The idea is to provide more and more fashion through latest designs. We have found that men buy products that are modern and have more functionality. On the other hand, women are more brand conscious and buy to look beautiful. We have experimented with different kinds of colours in leather. Colours like red or white symbolise class among women, unlike mens accessories, where black and brown still sells. Hidesign started out as a brand which appealed to the rebels but over the course of time it has evolved into a brand which reflects a culture of innovation, globalisation and hard work. Hidesign has never tried to outdo its competitors in terms of the sheer volume of advertising but instead it focuses on reaching the right customers with the right value. They believe that their products possess a certain uniqueness that helps them stand apart

from the crowd and they have always tried to focus on this aspect in their marketing strategies. Even though Hidesign is a domestic brand, it has positioned itself in the minds of Indian consumers as an international brand. They are viewed as the most expensive leather bags in the country.

PRODUCT LEVELS AND HIERARCHY The product hierarchy stretches from basic needs to particular items that satisfy those needs. The six levels of hierarchy are: Item Brand Product Type Product Line Product Class Product Family Need Family


Product Hierarchy Model

PRODUCT LEVEL Hidesign Core Benefit Basic Product Expected Product Carry stuff Non rigid container with strap Reasonably priced, Durable, Trendy bags Gucci Carry stuff Non rigid container with strap Status Symbol, Quality, Exclusivity Coach Carry stuff Non rigid container with strap Inexpensive, Everyday use hand bags

Augmented Product

Extended Warranty, Solid brass buckles and fittings Anti-slash, Antidip

Lifetime warranty , UV Ray protection Eco-friendly, Synthetic leather, proximity sensor

Extended Warranty

Potential Product

Light weight, Sturdy

Hidesign is trying out new product lines. In 2006, to keep its products fresh, Hidesign hired former Armani designer Alberto Ciaschini, who is based in Milan. The company was planning to design a new top-end product line of evening bags for ladies.

In 2005, Hidesign created a new brand of bags and accessories for its stores, Salsa, aimed at the 16-25 age group and priced much lower than the premium bags which sold for $125-$250 in overseas markets. Hidesign partnered with Future Group, Indias largest retailer, to launch Holii, an affordable line of bags with louder colours and ornate trimmings that is geared towards young consumers. The plan here is to create a new brand, Holii, aimed at the mid-tomass market segments, with products costing a third less than Hidesigns existing wares. Hidesign to set up a joint venture with Italys Braccialini to launch the brand in India. They will set up a new production line at one of its manufacturing units to make Braccialini bags and other leather items. The Braccialini products are very colourful.


Hidesign: The Evolution of a Brand

During its initial stages, Hidesign as a brand resembled the personality of its President and Founder Mr. Dilip Kapoor. During his college days, Mr. Kapoor was actively involved with the Cultural Revolution that was sweeping the world in the 1970s. He participated in the anti-Vietnam war demonstrations and led a life that reflected the rebellious culture of the youth of that period. The design of the products reflected the spirit of the Cultural Revolution happening in US at that time. The designs appealed to people who were, in some way, extreme radicals and who rebelled against the standard conservative norms of society. According to Mr. Kapoor, the leather bags that he crafted "sold themselves due to the uniqueness of design". No marketing efforts were undertaken to sell the products at that time.

The Cultural Revolution and youth rebelliousness were slowly fading. The product therefore also needed to migrate from boutiques, noncommercial stores and street markets to departmental stores. One

such opportunity came when John Lewis from UK bought the product. The buyer himself was, in some ways, rebellious in thinking and approach and the designs matched the philosophical orientation of the buyer. This relationship led to a strong commercial partnership and the up-market John Lewis departmental stores became preferred customers. By 2002, Hidesign products occupied about 60 per cent of the briefcase and luggage sections of stores. The brand, as conceptualised by Mr. Kapoor, reflected a culture of innovation, globalisation and hard work. It was an "edgy" brand -- at the cutting edge of change. Over the years, it moved from being a "rebel" to being a "cutting edge" brand. It was not run by rules, but by ethics and values and represented a concern for the environment. It was a hard working person's accessory -- a work oriented brand. It was not a "party" brand, and certainly not a glamorous one. It was a brand that was stylish in a classy and elegant way; not showy or dowdy -- never a cheap -- look brand. The design and manufacturing processes ensured this character and personality of the brand consciously and seriously. Now the brand focuses on its traditional manufacturing process to differentiate it from the crowd. This is also illustrated in the latest advertising campaigns of the brand. The advertisement shown on the next page goes with statement: We still make leather bags using the same process Italians abandoned years ago. Quitters The superiority of Hidesign products is largely due to the uniqueness of the design and manufacturing process. The company focuses on its traditional methods of manufacturing and tanning. The traditional methods reflects a care for the craftsmen, craftsmanship and the environment using processes which had long since disappeared from the modern leather industry. Each Hidesign product goes through a natural vegetable tanning process -- one that is more time-consuming than chrome tanning, but that leaves every product with a rich beautiful patina which gets better with time. Unlike chrome tanning, vegetable tanning has also been proven to have minimal effect on the environment. It is nontoxic and safe for those with sensitive skin.

The brand goes one step further to keep its leather goods natural, using only solid brass fittings for buckles and buttons, which gives each product that special rugged 'HIDESIGN' look. One other differentiating feature of Hidesigns bags was the use of solid-brass fittings, unlike many other bags which opted for platedmetal fittings. It is the exquisite craftsmanship that goes into products which sets Hidesign apart from other leather goods retailers. Their products are constructed, not just stitched, with constant input from their design teams in Europe and Asia. The attention to detail that they give to each and every HIDESIGN product, whether it is a leather jacket or a wallet, is unparalleled.

All the adverting campaigns of Hidesign are done in-house. To spread the exclusivity and preciousness of the product, they have certain photographers who understand what luxury products are all about. That is why they have their advertisement shoots done in Paris to portray the values of the brand. All their campaigns show the warmth and sensuousness of the brand. To begin with Hidesign used only print media for advertisements. This was done as a result of the nature of the target market and retail coverage. During the year 2001-02, advertisements focussed more on the product and its features. During the next year there was a change in the focus though. Media choice was decided based on different parameters, including the match between the target audience and the profile of readership of the print media. In addition to mass media advertisements, merchandising and display in the retail environment was another important means to communicate the brand value. Care was taken to ensure that the products displayed in the retail shops reflected the premium image of the brand. Specially designed display racks were made available in multi-brand outlets. In 2001, new look boutiques were made, which were a combination of stone, glass, wood and brass. All the existing showrooms were also standardised in a similar pattern.


Hidesign has its presence on the Social Networking sites as well. It has used the overwhelming response on such sites to design its promotional campaigns. Facebook Hidesign has a facebook page which is used to advertise the Brand. At present it has 11,322 likes by facebook users. In celebration of World Environment Day it launched the Art of Reuse contest, an Eco-Project in partnership with Femina, to support a cause very close to their heart, where they are giving people all the means to help them create their first Green leather creation.


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As a requirement to study the promotional strategy of Hidesign, we made a visit to Hidesign Exclusive showroom and Shoppers stop showroom at DLF, Ambience Mall, New Delhi. Also, to know more about the different brands of Hidesign, we visited Holii and Ayesha showroom. Hidesign was the first one to introduce luxury retailing in India in terms of leather products. Hidesign is a brand in itself and most of the product offerings come under this brand name only. Hidesign has created new brand of products, Salsa, Ayesha and Holii. These three brands have their own showrooms of products and dont feature in the exclusive Hidesign store. A recent promotional campaign by Hidesign was launched in two parts. The first part was released in September 2010 and the second part was unveiled in October to coincide with the festive season. Developed by Contract, Chennai, the new advertising focused on giving the brand a more cool' image. The second segment of the campaign, focussed on promoting Hidesign's products as a "gifting option". Promotional Campaigns of Hidesign can be categorised into: Discount: Hidesign exclusive retail showroom hasnt offered any discounts from the past two years. But, their franchisees and factory outlets do offer a discount of 10-20% once in six months. On the other hand, Shoppers stop offers 10-20% discount on Hidesign products at the end of season. Holii showroom, also, offers a discount of 10-30% on a range of its products. Exhibits: Hidesign has campaigned for Breast cancer and has manufactured bags in the signature Pink colour for spreading the awareness. In anticipation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hidesign launches the Pink Ribbon collection - a Hot Pink line of accessories to help further the cause.

With 20% of the sales directed to raising awareness and prevention, this Limited Edition from the Fall / Winter collection was available at all Hidesign stores nationwide and online through October and November, last year. The styles range from signature Hidesign handbags, to cross bodies, travel bags and wallets. According to the store manager, there was a significant spurt in customers visiting the showrooms which helped in creating brand awareness. Further, this helped in increasing the sales. Premiums and Gifts: Hidesign offers vanity kits as reward to those customers who purchase items worth more than ` 5,000. A vanity kit
consists of toiletries and accessories.

Contests: To mark the World Environment Day, Hidesign, in partnership with Femina, organises a contest named The Art of Reuse. The Art of Reuse is an eco-project which gives a contestant all the means to make their first Green leather creation and let them enter it into a step contest on Facebook where the top three entries can win Hidesign Gift Vouchers of different denominations. This, further, helps to create the brand awareness among different classes of population. When we visited the Hidesign store, top three entries were on display at suitable location. In addition to above sales promotions events, press conferences by the President of the company and other company achievements receive wide coverage in the press.

Most of the above schemes were quite successful in the past and has helped to increase the sales of the products.The store managers informed that the average sale increased by 10-15% on account of these sales promotions. For example- Shoppers stop personnel told that when no discounts were offered 3-4 customers out of 10 who visited the store actually purchased the product. But, when 10-20% discounts were offered,

on an average 5-6 customers out of 10 actually purchased the product.

Hidesign has 65 exclusive stores internationally and distribution network in 23 countries. The brand enjoys a considerable presence in markets like South America, the Middle-East and Russia. It has placed its products in over 2,000 stores globally. Malls, high streets and airports are some of the preferred locations for opening Hidesign outlets. In the early 1980s, Hidesign entered the UK through local distributors. However, initially, the leather and luggage shops in the UK were not keen on stocking an Indian brand. And, the 'Made in India' tag didn't help either. Initially, Hidesign was an exclusively export-oriented outfit, fulfilling orders from European and American distributors. It concentrated on taking small orders and fulfilling them to high quality standards and delivering on time. This proved crucial in building its reputation among high-end overseas customers and in gaining their initial goodwill. In its overseas markets, Hidesign graduated from a firm fulfilling export contracts to selling through distributors and then through high-fashion retail chains like Selfridges. In later years, it even started wholly-owned concept stores. On the other hand, in India, Hidesign started its distribution operations by opening wholly-owned stores (in 2000). This was followed by tie-ups with retail chains like Westside in 2003 and subsequently Shoppers' Stop, Landmark, etc. In late 2005, it announced plans to open exclusive franchised outlets. The Indian market too proved receptive to the high quality leather goods of Hidesign and the business boomed. Ever since Hidesign began retailing in India, they have registered a 60% annual growth every year.

Hidesign went in for a major expansion in India in 2002-2003. The fact that the global market for luxury goods was facing a slowdown while the Indian fashion market was buoyant and that there were no major competitors in the same category, prompted Hidesign to exploit the huge opportunity. In India, Hidesign had two distinct advantages. One, Indian economy was still growing at 6-7% and two, there was no competition in leather at the top end of the market. The difference between India operations and operations abroad is that in India it is largely led by exclusive stores, while internationally they do it through distributors who understand the local market. It is difficult to manage international stores sitting here in India. The Indian leather goods market is still hugely unorganised. There are a number of individual shops selling products made by individual craftsmen. There is regional competition, but no national competitors. Hidesign bags were typically sold overseas in a price range between $125 and $200. This represented a markup of 550-600% over factory cost. Typically, the wholesale price for a bag was 85% over the landed costs in a foreign country, and a standard retail markup was in the vicinity of 240-250%. In 2000, Hidesign decided to begin opening its own chain of exclusive boutiques across India. The promoters tried looking for a distributor but they couldnt find one that was appropriate. Modern retailing was just starting in India, so Hidesign decided to open our own store in Pondicherry. It was successful, so they opened stores in Bangalore and Mumbai and kept growing. Hidesign bags were also offered at premium Indian retailers such as Shoppers Stop, The Bombay Store, and Westside, though the highest-volume outlet was a national chain of book stores.

The distribution network followed by Hidesign

Hidesign Manufactur ers
Transporters/ Warehouses Franchisees 23 Dealers Exclusive Retail Outlets

Recent Strategies of expansion The company recently entered into an agreement to pick up 35 per cent stake in its retail business in Russia Hidesign LLC for $200,000 on a partnership basis. Till now, Hidesign LLC was only a franchise for the Russian market and managed by its distributor. The infusion of capital would enable Hidesign to further accelerate its retail footprint across key markets in Russia, including St. Petersburg, from the 5 stores it has now in Moscow. To enhance its brand presence overseas, Hidesign will open an exclusive brand store at the Hong Kong airport and another in Kuala Lumpur this year. The brand's market presence has grown in South Africa as well, and the company is in talks with five leading malls to set up its exclusive shops.


Niche Market Characteristics and Price Behaviour In general, niche markets have a few important characteristics that make their prices behave differently than in larger markets. By definition, niche markets are relatively small markets, but this does not mean that niche markets are unimportant or unprofitable. In this sense, even relatively small niche markets can be important. The fact that a relatively small number of persons may make up the customers for a niche market product and that these customers are usually willing to pay above, and sometimes far above, average market prices for the product is a phenomenon in economics called inelastic demand. Inelastic demand means that people buying the product are not very sensitive to price, or that they will buy about the same amount of the product even as the price changes. The less flexibility there is in the market to price (i.e. the number of people buying the product doesnt change much as prices go up and down, meaning demand for the product is inelastic), the more set the market is, so something aside from price must be used to grow the market. It also means that if competitors enter the same market with the same or a similar product, prices for the product might drop considerably. Having an inelastic product means that on the upside, people purchasing the product may be willing to pay a premium. However, on the downside, in order to sell a greater quantity, the price would have to decrease dramatically, or the market would need to be expanded. Potential Strategies

As niche markets tend to exhibit inelastic demand, Hidesign which is engaged in niche marketing need to determine a strategy to keep competitors from entering the market, or they must continue to increase demand for their product if they wish to keep prices and sales stable and/or growing. There are numerous examples of niche markets that started small, with just a few producers and high price premiums, and then became more main stream as additional suppliers entered the market, eventually driving the price (or price premium) down.

Demand curve for Fashion Goods 1 Many items from fashion houses have seen the price premium over conventional produce decrease as more companies enter the market. Understanding this phenomenon is important as a producer examines the potential profitability of a new market or niche product, as it is important to understand that the price of the product will likely change over time, and that strategies to continue to differentiate their niche product from the products of other suppliers must be considered in advance. If the product catches on and more customers enter the market simultaneously with new suppliers, then prices and quantities may remain stable. Potential Strategies First Strategy: A first strategy to consider is maintaining current customers by developing customer loyalty. This is often done though product differentiation. Patents, trademarks, geographical indication and branding are strategies that should be used by

Hidesign to maintain their price premiums as new competitors enter the market; however, the costs of these strategies usually make them infeasible for small producers. Small producers can achieve similar results through less costly options such as unique production practices (i.e. natural, organic, humane), location of production (i.e. local, state, region), story of the product or producer, etc. These strategies help to define the product as unique, and communicate to customers that even though there are close substitute products, they are not the same. Ambathur leather is an example of a animal product that is defined by both location and production practice. Second Strategy: A second strategy is to innovate to stay ahead of the curve by continuing to find new products that are valued by a niche market. This may mean looking for new varieties of leather a different production practice, or different packaging/processing. To pursue this strategy, it is easier to find new products that an existing customer base will value, which will eliminate the marketing costs associated with finding a new customer base. Third Strategy: A third potential strategy is to grow the market at a rate that keeps it ahead of new entrants. This involves finding new customers that want the product. If the awareness of the product spreads and new customers are found for the product, the new demand may keep pace with the new supply and prices would be stable. However, it must be noted that even with new customers, their pace of consumption must meet or exceed increasing supplies or else prices and/or price premiums will still decrease. Conclusions Niche markets by definition have unique characteristics that can affect the price of the product and price premiums over time. Under good conditions this means that the prices can be quite high, but small changes in the supply of the product can cause much larger decreases in price. So over time, as more suppliers enter the market, price premiums usually go down. Strategies that Hidesign might consider include product differentiation, which helps a product to maintain its unique quality even as other suppliers enter the market, growing the market by continuing to find new customers at an equal or greater rate than the supply expands, so that price premiums can still be earned, and continuing to innovate to develop

products niche markets may find compelling. Regardless of the strategies or ideas that are pursued, it is important to look at potential profitability and how different assumptions affect the profitability of the product.


Apparel and other consumer products can be classified by the length of their life cycles. Basic products such as T-shirts and blue jeans are sold for years with few style changes. Businesses selling basic products can count on a long product life cycle with the same customers buying multiple units of the same product at once or over time. The life cycle curves of basic, fashion, and fad products are pictured below:

Life Cycle for Basic and Fashion Product Fashion product life cycles last a shorter time than basic product life cycles. By definition, fashion is a style of the time. A large number of people adopt a style at a particular time. When it is no longer adopted by many, a fashion product life cycle ends. Fashion products have a steep decline once they reach their highest sales.

The fad has the shortest life cycle. It is typically a style that is adopted by a particular sub-culture or younger demographic group for a short period of time. The overall sales of basic products are the highest of the three types of products, and their life cycles are generally the longest. Apparel products often have a fashion dimension, even if it is just colour. As fashion features increase in a product, the life cycle will decrease. Therefore, if you are designing a fashion product, you will want to have multiple products in line for introduction as each fashion product's cycle runs its course. Hidesign build their lines to include basic, fashion, and fad products in order to maximize sales. For example, with a jacket line, a business may have four styles that have classic styling and colours and are always in the line. Four additional styles may be modified every two years to include silhouette, length, and collar changes based on the current fashion. One or two short-cycle fashion or fad styles based on breaking trends may be introduced once or twice a year. Styles that a popular celebrity or sports hero is wearing are examples of fashion and fad styles. We can also look at the number of fashion product adopters against time. Five types of consumers emerge at each of the life cycle stages

Fashion Adoption Consumer Types Different marketing strategies should be used to reach each of these consumer types.

Fashion innovators adopt a new product first. They are interested in innovative and unique features. Marketing and

promotion should emphasize the newness and distinctive features of the product. Fashion opinion leaders (celebrities, magazines, early adopters) are the next most likely adopters of a fashion product. They copy the fashion innovators and change the product into a popular style. The product is produced by more companies and is sold at more retail outlets. At the peak of its popularity, a fashion product is adopted by the masses. Marketing is through mass merchandisers and advertising to broad audiences. As its popularity fades, the fashion product is often marked for clearance, to invite the bargain hunters and consumers, the late adopters and laggards, who are slow to recognize and adopt a fashionable style.


Hidesign caters mainly to women with high disposable income (esp. A1, A2 and B1 in SEC classification) and who have a need for exclusive products. The decision to stop catering to men was taken in 1989 because the profitability in catering to female populace was more than three times when compared to catering to fashion needs of men. But the times have changed since then with men becoming more fashion conscious; we live in the age of metrosexual men who dont mind spending extra money for high quality fashion accessories.

Thus a need for catering to new segment arises and consequently a need for a new product is felt. The best strategy for Hidesign is to start creating a new mens line by producing leather jackets for men and it is the best bet because of two reasons viz. Hidesign has had prior experience, before 1989, in creating leather jackets. The experience gained in the past years can be leveraged in creating high quality new jacket. Leather jackets have historically been associated with bikeriders and cowboys from the wild west and it generally perceived to be masculine. Hence this product targets not only men with fashion conscious but also the other end of the spectrum as well. Taking a cue from major fashion houses, Hidesign should hire a wellknown fashion designer who with his/her invaluable inputs would help Hidesign in creating the jackets. One of the fashion designers that hidesign should target is Sabyasachi Mukherjee as he is one of the few Indian designers who is globally renowned. His name being attached to Hidesigns products would only add to its exclusivity factor and to it being niche and eventually would lead to the increase in the brand value of the jacket.

Packaging The jackets need to be packaged in superior quality bags, which add to the high class, the brand stands for. The bags can be made from eco friendly material. A high quality packaging material will ensure safety on a ride. Brand Name ARIES Greek God of War A leather jacket symbolises energy and enthusiasm. It showcases a feeling of sturdiness. ARIES as a brand name will go well with the section of society looking to portray that image. It will give them a feeling of fighting it out in this present competitive world and emerging a true winner.

Pricing Strategy Driving cost out of a product by accepting adequate quality may work for a mass-market brand, but luxury branding is built on a foundation of quality, even if it means a higher price. A mediocre high-priced product will never achieve luxury status. Thus, the pricing strategy to be followed in case of mens jackets would be similar to that followed by Hidesign in case of bags. It has to be ensured that the jackets are made out of the best raw material available in the market. If some people aren't complaining about the prices, it's said, they aren't high enough. That may be true for general market products and services, but luxury products are, at least in part, defined by their higher price. Still, trust is key to luxury brands, and if the prices are perceived to be artificially high the strategy will backfire. Bargain sales and discounts are antithetical to the concept of a luxury brand. If a quality product is worth the price, then how can that price be reduced without sacrificing quality? Promotion Strategy High-volume mass advertising and hard-sell verbiage may work for general products, but for luxury brands, image ads and targeted publicity convey the right message. The leather jackets would be easy to promote because they would be of unusual superior quality. Reading about the leather jackets in upscale fashion magazines would not only add to the perception of luxury, it would make customers subtly endorse the brand as no advertisement would. Target Market Description The two different types of products, targeting high end - class A1, A2 and B1 customers, would be offered are: Men's Suede Jacket A wide range of Men's Suede Jackets manufactured using high grade raw material to ensure quality can be produced. Designed as per latest market trends, the range would be made available in different colors, sizes and patterns. Moreover, the team of quality controllers

would check and test the entire range on several parameters to ensure zero defect. Men's Biker Jacket The clients would be able to avail from, a wide assortment of Men's Biker Jackets that would be known for their elegant design and sophisticated look. Fabricated using premium grade raw material, jackets would be developed using quality raw material. These jackets are targeted towards fashion conscious, high income group men who prefer various kinds of smart color combinations, designs and attractive patterns. Tentative Plan for Marketing the product in Delhi Brand Awareness Hidesign is an Indian high fashion leather house. It has established itself as a maker of handbags and wallets. At present it has 15 stores in Delhi. In order to market its new product, the right strategy would be to promote the new brand ARIES as a part of the already existing Hidesign Brand. This way the company would be able to cash in on the name earned by Hidesign. Advertising Advertisements in high end fashion magazines like Fashion week and Cosmpolitan will help reach the target audience in the easiest possible way. It would also create an image of high end product. Online advertising through networking portals like Face book and twitter can also be employed in order to reach out to the younger population. Also, the product launch should be done at a big scale. The new product will be made available in the existing stores using 1/4th of the showroom space. This needs to be done in order to test the market for the new product. Out of the 15 stores, new product could be made available in the limited number of stores, one in each region i.e.






In order to cover the entire Delhi market and make the shops within the reach of most of the target segment, shops are selected in different regions of Delhi. One of the shops that has been chosen is centrally located in CP, other in North-West Delhi i.e. Rajouri. And since the maximum market share for Hidesign at present comes from South Delhi, so two locations are chosen, one is the high end ambience mall in Vasant Kunj and the other in the Lajpat Nagar Market. Depending upon the sales registered in 6 months, the number of stores displaying and selling the new product could be increased. If the market response to the new product beats the expectation, Hidesign can come up with new showrooms exclusively for the new product i.e. the leather jackets.

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