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Outstanding business entrepreneur award for Nilu Anverally

Final 2One of Sri Lanka’s foremost entrepreneurs in the fashion retail space, Managing Director of Cotton Collection and Leather Collection Niloufer Anverally was fittingly crowned Outstanding Business Entrepreneur at the Genre of Excellence – Professional & Career Women Awards this week.  Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa was Chief Guest at the awards, which was organised by Women in Management to celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable women in the country, recognising them for their professional or entrepreneurial milestones.  Niloufer, who has been in the forefront of the fashion retail industry, has pioneered iconic paradigms including conceputalising some stellar brands under Cotton Collection including COCO and a slew of spinoff sub-brands, all etching defining paths for the country’s fashion retail industry.

Her vision to transform the concept of fashion also saw the launch of 143, the CC flagship store which firmly continues to set and instigate the fashion pace with its unique concept and shopping experience.  The store continues to be a landmark shopping destination for locals and tourists. Her sharp business acumen also observed a niche in leather products prevalent within Sri Lanka’s quality conscious fashion spectrum, which saw her introduce Hidesign, high-end designer leather craft into Leather Collection, with an expansive accessory range from one of Asia’s most fashionable brands. Her dynamic focus on conceptualising and launching brands and products that will undoubtedly introduce emerging seasonal trends from the fashion capitals around the world and adding the dimension of high quality fashion into the retail fashion industry, have been aptly recognised with this accolade by Women in Management.

Possessing a good work-life balance, given that she is a mother of two and manages a network of 6 stores manned by a highly motivated service-oriented team of over 140 who come under the umbrella of Cotton Collection and Leather Collection, Niloufer has proven beyond doubt that women are extremely capable of running successful businesses, possess extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit and are very competent in balancing personal and professional lives admirably.  She has tasked her talented team with taking her vision forward, trained as sentinels in the fashion arena to remain vigilant of emerging trends in the world’s fashion meccas.

“I am truly honoured to receive this award. I attribute all my success to my passionate and dynamic team & supportive family. Without these 2 pillars of strength, I would not be where I am today” said  Niloufer Anverally, upon being bestowed this award.

 

Photo caption: Niloufer Anverally receiving her award

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