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Premium Italian wear for Men in Blue

india Updated: Aug 02, 2006 16:11 IST
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Indian cricketers are set to look "100 per cent more smart" as they would be travelling in designer suits made by world famous Italian fashion house Canali.

The 72 year old company, based in Sovico near Milan and which specialises in fine men'swear and sportswear, has offered to dress up the senior Indian team, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would take a decision on it this month.

BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah confirmed that the Italian fashion house, which produces 1,400 suits and 1,600 pairs of trousers everyday, has offered to provide the Indian team travelling suits and accessories.

"Yes, Canali has offered to provide regular travelling clothes for the players," Shah said.

"They make world class clothing, and their suits cost anything up to Rs. 70,000. Our cricketers would look 100 percent more smart in Canali suits," he said.

If the BCCI accepts Canali's proposal, the first time that the Indian team would wear these designer Italian suits would be during the Champions Trophy at home in October-November.

"There are good chances of the proposal being accepted," averred Shah, and pointed out that the working committee would finally have to approve the marketing committee's decision.

So far, the BCCI has been getting the travelling attire of its various teams stitched on a contract basis.

As per its proposal, Canali would be providing jackets, trousers, shirts, ties and accessories, including shoes etc.

"The Australian and English teams also wear some big clothing brands, so the Indian team would only be joining them," he pointed out.

Shah, however, clarified that the proposal is only for the senior team, and not for the India 'A' or other junior teams.

He also said that Canali would not have to pay anything to the board as they would be providing expensive clothes to its cricketers.

Products of Canali, which was launched in 1934 by brothers Giovanni and Giacomo, are available at 1,000 locations around the world. These include including specialty stores with over 50 exclusive shops and the flagship stores in Mumbai, Milan, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Dubai.

Every day, Canali's 1,500 employees produce some 1,400 suits and 1,600 pairs of trousers to serve a clientele in more than 80 countries. The range of Canali products include Canali Proposta and Canali Exclusive lines, as well as accessories collection of shirts, ties, belts, shoes and the distinctive line of Canali Sportswear.

Each garment is tailored made and 100 per cent produced at one of the seven production centres in Italy.

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