This year, the fair includes the Designers Fair, which usually runs concurrently at the nearby ITC Grand Chola.

A source at the fair told ILM that this move highlights the desire of Indian companies to expand into areas of design, which is seen as a future for contract manufacturers looking to make brands into local and global markets.

Reportedly, the first day of the IILF was very busy with packed stands. The event runs from February 1-3, 2024 and is organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and the India Council for Leather Exports.