In a dazzling star-studded fashion show at the Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai today, which displayed a heady mix of Sports and Bollywood; cricket icon Yuvraj Singh launched his premium fashion label – YWC.
YWC offers an exclusive blend of futuristic designs, chic fabrics and attitude amalgamated in one perfect collection. The high quality home-grown premium fashion label incorporates urban silhouettes exuding a sporty style which is Yuvraj’s signature style statement.
Launched with two distinct product lines – (i) The Gold Line, and (ii) The Core Line, the eye-catching, Gold line, featured a meticulously designed & curated range by renowned designers, Shantanu & Nikhil. While, the Core line conceptualized around the lifestyle of an active go-getter, seamlessly integrates every day comfort and an athletic lifestyle with trendy fashion.
Walking the ‘gold carpet’ and ramp for the occasion were none other than Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Sushil Kumar, Chris Gayle, Ashish Nehra, Baichung Bhutia, PR Sreejesh, Sharmila Nicollet, Virendra Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and of course Yuvraj Singh among many others.
This extension into fashion is a natural progression of Yuvraj’s philosophy of Live|Dare|Inspire. The core of the brand is rooted in his personal journey with YouWeCan – an NGO he set up specifically for cancer survivors and patients. Most importantly, the royalties from the sale of every product will contribute to the NGO with a long term objective to make it self-sustaining to serve its cause. This kind of participative CSR to involve a larger audience to support this important cause is Yuvraj’s big vision, very evident in his passion and deep involvement in the creation of YWC label.
Speaking on the occasion, Cricketer and Humanitarian, Yuvraj Singh said, “Apart from being a creative dream, this new venture is an emotional one for me. It brings the satisfaction of doing something for a cause that is very close to my heart. While launching a clothing line, felt like a natural step for the entrepreneurial bug in me; I always wanted to create something that is proudly ‘Made in India’ and offers international quality designer wear. A lot of research and hard work has gone into crafting this range that marks my debut into the fashion world. My ultimate vision is to see YWC outlive the name Yuvraj Singh.”
“Shantanu & Nikhil who have intricately crafted the Gold collection under the YWC label understand my style, and helped to bring out the canvas of ideas to life. They add the subtlety and class to this collection which I am hopeful will be loved by all.” Added Yuvraj.
“In addition to being one of the biggest and most celebrated cricketer, Yuvraj Singh is an incredibly talented and creative individual, whose style and confidence inspires everyone in the nation. We have tried to give this collection a touch of his own personal style and hues of his charismatic personality.” said the designer duo, Shantanu & Nikhil, who have designed & curated the Gold line of the YWC label.
The Lifestyle category will be undertaken by our brand partners Suditi Industries Ltd. Which will manufacture and design the lifestyle and fashion apparel line for men, women and children. Our brand partners are aligned to our commitment to grow this vibrant category in India. The complete licencing and manufacturing of the brand was mediated by ‘Black White & Orange Brands’. Suditi Industries Chairperson, Mr. Pawan Agarwal said, “Premium celebrity merchandising is a big opportunity which is yet to be explored in India. Suditi is going to manufacture the line which will be retailed via a mix of online and offline formats.”
Adds Bhavik Vora – Founder and CEO at Black White Orange, “At Black White Orange, goals and strategies are long term & revolve around engaging man, machine, technology, environment and society to provide profitable, responsible and sustainable growth. After this fabulous line, we’re looking at growing the YWC brand across additional categories as well.”
The YWC label will be available online on the YWC official website – www.ywcfashion.com and exclusively on www.myntra.com. The brand will debut offline with a flagship retail store by end of this year, and open shop in shop as well as franchised stores in key metro cities over the coming year. The brand will finally roll out across 25 – 30 stores in cities including Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat, Goa, Raipur, Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Lucknow, Guwahati, Bangalore.
OPPO Mobiles India Pvt. Ltd, the ever-evolving global smartphone brand, extended its support to YWC label and the launch fashion show by coming on board as the title sponsor. Yuvraj Singh is OPPO’s first sports ambassador. The show stopper, Yuvraj Singh along with other star personalities walking the ramp walked with theOPPO F1s and showed the audience how a perfect selfie is clicked. Speaking on the collaboration, Will Yang, Brand Director of OPPO India, commented, “OPPO as a brand has believed in uniquely and innovatively connecting with its consumers, and this association is definitely a step in that direction. We are very excited to associate with the YouWeCan Foundation and in cooperation with Yuvraj Singh, we want to bring our consumers the best selfie experience and also help the foundation in our own way. Since Bollywood and Cricket have been two of the most important platforms for us connect with our consumers, we felt that this event was a perfect opportunity for OPPO to leverage where Cricket meets Bollywood.”
HDFC Mutual Fund has also partnered YouWeCan in this initiative. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Milind Barve, MD, HDFC Asset Management Co. Ltd. said, ‘We are proud to support Yuvraj in his fight against cancer. With his comeback he has set an example for other patients and is an inspiration for others fighting the disease. We hope with YWC he is able to help the needy financially as well.’ HDFC Mutual Fund has been associated with cancer care for almost six years now. Proceeds from HDFC Debt Funds for Cancer Cure have helped more than 2500 patients across the country with almost Rs. 60 crore of funding.
Mr. Devendra Bharma, Executive Vice President, The Oberoi Group said “We are pleased to support the launch of YWC a home grown lifestyle brand, whose sale proceeds will contribute to support YOUWECAN Foundation, established for the empowerment of cancer patients & survivors. We congratulate Cricketer Yuvraj Singh and wish him all the success to make his foundation a self-sustaining initiative. Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, is an iconic Mumbai landmark, that offers the highest standards of service. The hotel has always been a proud supporter of socially relevant causes in the city and shall continue to be so”
For all aficionados, the styles adorned by various celebrities for the ramp walk will be auctioned online on the YWC official website and the proceeds will go to the YOUWECAN Foundation.
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A home-grown lifestyle fashion brand, YWC is not just fashion; it is fashion with a conscience. YWC’s diverse collection features clothing for Men, Women and kids of all age groups. The label features two very distinct categories: (i) The Gold Line, and (ii) The Core Line. The Gold line is in collaboration with celebrated designers, Shantanu & Nikhil. The Core collection is all about everyday trends and reinventing activewear. YWC intends to set new standards of fashion with its core DNA being in the larger social cause to nurture YouWeCan’s philanthropic endeavours.
Yuvraj Singh Foundation (YSF) through its initiative YOUWECAN is here to endeavour that cancer is detected at an early stage, for one and all, and no one has to fight cancer alone.YSF, through its initiative YouWeCan, will create consciousness on cancer prevention, early detection & fight against Stigma. YSF is a non-profit organization registered under the Bombay Trust Act 1950.
OPPO is a global electronics and technology service provider that delivers the latest and most exquisite mobile electronic devices in over 20 countries, including the United States, China, Australia and many countries throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. OPPO is dedicated to delivering customers with the most extraordinary mobile experience through meticulous designs and smart technology. OPPO designs, manufactures, and promotes its own products, combining innovative technology with unique design, to ensure that their customers always receive the best.
About Suditi Industries Pvt Ltd.
Suditi Industires Ltd – a BSE listed firm, a vast conglomerate operating into diverse textile processes and manufacturing sectors where it commands its leadership. Established in 1991, known to be an integrated setup for knitwear solutions comprising of fabric, garment, retail division and licensing business. The company has inveterate relation with brands globally, bounded by one mantra of excellence. Headquartered at Navi Mumbai, a 1,00,000 sq ft unit advances in apparel manufacturing, fabric development and sustainability heading towards growth. It retails apparel brands Riot (casual wear) and Indianink (indo-fusion wear) and licensing business with renowned names like FC Barcelona, Manchester City FC and MTV, reaching to its customers through pan India network.
About Black White Orange Brands Pvt Ltd
Black White Orange provides Licensing & Merchandising solutions and helps brands, celebrities, media and retailers find ways to strengthen their relationship with the most important stakeholder – the consumer. They offer services in retail, distribution, syndication, brand consulting & creative solutions, both within India & overseas. Additionally, Black White Orange also looks at generating new revenue streams and creating brand loyalty strategies. Funded by Yuvraj Singh’s YouWeCan Ventures as strategic investors, Black White Orange has already signed lucrative brands like the NBCUniversal portfolio, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Paramount Pictures, the long-time favourite Sesame Street, Brand YouWeCan, PSG Football Club, British Motor Heritage and U.S.-based design house & licensing company bCreative amongst others.