India’s fastest growing B2B apparel manufacturing company, Fashinza has announced a strategic partnership with Mumbai-based alternative credit platform, BlackSoil Capital by signing a definitive agreement. The association will help to finance small manufacturers, expedite the manufacturing process, and help balance the global demand and supply. Through this partnership, both the companies will empower local manufacturers to work directly with the biggest fashion brands, both domestic and international, and deliver world-class solutions.
The apparel industry, in its current state, has several brands and manufacturers operating at various economies of scale. A major challenge for local manufacturers is that they lack the requisite cash flow to fulfil demands from giant global brands. Furthermore, working capital requirements for manufacturers have increased because of COVID-19. This has slowed down the global supply chain and caused many businesses to shut doors.
As a part of their deal with BlackSoil, Fashinza is helping to solve the prevailing industry challenges by finding new opportunities for manufacturers to capitalise on, in essence, Fashinza will provide a one-stop solution and streamlined experience to fashion brands by connecting their demand to MSME manufacturers while handling end-to-end production from design to delivery. On the other hand, BlackSoil has invested $2.7 million to further support the company’s high growth and their potential to scale demand.
In a statement to the press, BlackSoil co-founder Ankur Bansal expressed his support for Fashinza. In his words, “Fashinza with its services will play a key role in the apparel industry transition to being tech-driven and more sophisticated by solving the underlying structural gaps and issues in the ecosystem. We are pleased to have partnered with a company which is disrupting and streamlining a highly unorganised and fragmented sector.”
In a separate statement to the press, Fashinza co-founder Abhishek Sharma expressed his gratitude to BlackSoil Capital and hoped to continue working with the Mumbai-based company. Sharma also expressed optimism in his company’s growth trajectory and reinstated their goal of leveraging the local manufacturers, “The potential of local manufacturers in countries like India and Bangladesh remain unrealized to a great extent owing to financial constraints. With the funds provided by BlackSoil, we’ll not only attract and retain business with such suppliers, but also elevate them to the position of global players.”
About Fashinza: Founded in 2020 by Abhishek Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Jamil Ahmad, Fashinza is a B2B apparel manufacturing platform. Fashinza connects fashion brands and manufacturers and offers end-to-end production management support from design to delivery. Besides manufacturing and logistic support, the start-up also offers financial aid to their partners. The company had previously secured $20 million in Series A funding and has established bases in New York and Dubai. Having recorded 15x growth since its inception, the company’s current partner network stands at around 700 manufacturers and 500 fashion brands (notably Forever 21, Ajio, FirstCry, Nykaa). For more information, please visit their website https://fashinza.com
About BlackSoil: BlackSoil currently manages an alternative credit platform consisting of an RBI-registered NBFC and four SEBI-registered AIFs. Through multiple platforms, it has built a quality loan book by deploying Rs.2,550 Cr across 140+ deals and having an AUM of Rs.1,000 Cr. Some of BlackSoil’s noteworthy investments include recently turned unicorns – Infra.Market, Zetwerk & Spinny, B2B unicorn – Udaan, IPO-bound unicorn – OYO Rooms and furniture subscription platform – Furlenco amongst others. For more information, please click on https://blacksoil.co.in/