Kamal Khushlani always had a keen interest in the fashion retail business. However, hailing from a middle-class background, and losing his father at the age of 19, he didn’t have the money to capitalise on his vision of starting a brand that offered progressive fashion for Indian men.
To finally start building on his dream, he borrowed Rs 10,000 from a maternal aunt and plunged into his entrepreneurial journey. He started by launching the ‘Mr & Mr’ shirt company in 1992, manufacturing and retailing shirts for men out of a small workshop.
He started Mufti in 1998, when he used to carry kilos of fabric on his bike and drop it off at the workshop and then come back to collect the finished products for sale. For years, he did it all by himself, recycling the money he earned from his business.
And then, in the 2000s, Mufti gained prominence, expanding from exclusive brand outlets to multi-brand outlets and large-format stores. Today, the company has over 600 employees on its direct payroll, indirectly employs over 2,000 people, and clocked a turnover of Rs 395 crore last year.
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