Fashion Research Centre

The Context

Fashion Research Centre (FRC) is an initiative that seeks to work at the intersection of research and journalism.

And, there's a backdrop to this. Of course.

The global textiles-apparel-fashion industry today finds itself in a crisis, and this predicament is an outcome much of its own doing to a considerable extent. The industry, however, has been quite proactive of late in trying to stem the rot and work towards a future that keeps the people and the planet at the forefront.

But there is a problem: the lack of authentic information and the shortage of credible analyses.

This is where FRC steps in.

Our Mission

To bridge the gap between ground realities and industry, promote sustainable innovations/practices, provide a platform for critical thinking, encourage grassroots endeavours and indigenous fashion, and foster harmonious relationships between sectors of industry.

Our Watchwords

Sustainability, transparency and traceability.

Our Approach

Fact-based and research-driven journalism while never losing sight of the planet and the people.

Our Vision

A global textiles-apparel-fashion industry that keeps the people and planet at the forefront.

The People

Richa Bansal and Subir Ghosh bring to the table over 60 years of rich and varied cross-disciplinary experience in fashion, retail, environment and sustainability.

Richa Bansal

Richa Bansal

RICHA BANSAL has more than 30 years of media industry experience, of which the last 20 years have been with leading fashion magazines in both B2B and B2C domains. Her most recent position was at the helm of editoral affairs at Fibre2Fashion, one of India’s leading B2B media conglomerates, which has a prominent presence across magazines, events and websites. Richa has worked as the head of a slew of premium B2B magazines, including Images Business of Fashion, Shoes & Accessories India and the iconic Sportswear International, of which she was the Launch Editor. This was preceded by prolific work with newspapers, wire services and news portals, including Indiatimes.com, India Abroad News Service (IANS), Press Trust of India (PTI) and the Sentinel.

Subir Ghosh

Subir Ghosh

SUBIR GHOSH is an independent journalist-writer-researcher who writes about crony capitalism, corporate corruption, sustainable fashion, environment, conflict and cinema. Subir’s latest stint has been with Fibre2Fashion magazine, where he wrote mostly about sustainable fashion and policy issues related to the textiles and apparel industry. He has worked with news agency Press Trust of India (PTI), the Telegraph daily and the DNA newspaper, besides handling communications and publications for the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and the Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI). He is the author of three books, and has co-authored three with others.