BIRTH

August 14, 1977

BIRTH

1977

Born in the land of famous gold fish (Zinga) and saline desert of India (Kutch Gujarat) to Mr. Hirji Govindji Thakkar and Mrs. Harshaben Hirji Thakkar on August 14.

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EARLY DAYS

July 28, 1990

EARLY DAYS

1990-1991

The remarkably mischievous kid in school and super hard working lad at work. Would help his Grandfather at the shop after school and toil shoulder to shoulder with the salt farmers during his summer vacation at the Rann of Kutch.

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TURNING POINT

October 15, 1993

TURNING POINT

1991-1993

His best friend, his father unexpectedly passed away and young Harshad’s life took a 360-degree turn. Two years later he gave his Grade 10 examination and left for Mumbai in search of work.

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STUDY or WORK

April 1, 1995

STUDY or WORK

1993-1995

His Uncle in Mumbai asked him if he would like to study or work. Young Harshad chose to work and started to work as a store cleaner, stockiest, and salesman. In two years he doubled the store sales.

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THE CAPTIVATING SALESMAN

December 18, 1998

THE CAPTIVATING SALESMAN

1995-1998

He worked as a sales person for at uptown lingerie store in South Mumbai. Worked with a single minded focus – to gain exposure, experience, and expertise in the relax wear industry. Exceeded expectations and multiplied business by 10X at the store.

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AIFL (Ashapura Intimate Fashion Ltd)

September 22, 2005

AIFL (Ashapura Intimate Fashion Ltd)

1998-2005

Launched his venture in 1998 with a personal seed capital of USD 6000. With a team of just two people and a big dream to manufacture, design, brand, and retail relax wear products by the brand name ‘Valentine’.

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SCALING UP

March 11, 2007

SCALING UP

2005-2013

To support the growing demand and increasing sales, a new facility was launched in Thane, Maharashtra. This facility focused on design and marketing; which in turn amplified growth and scale of business.

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MASSIVE GROWTH

November 5, 2009

MASSIVE GROWTH

2013-2015

Taking a gigantic step, Harshad got his company listed on SME Board and in just another 2 years to BSE main board. Accelerating a distinct leap, AIFL progressed to NSE board in another few months.

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TARGET ON STRATEGY

May 12, 2013

TARGET ON STRATEGY

2015

Harshad focused on building the largest comprehensive product basket. Invested in modern machines and capitalized on the new age business trends. Online shopping portal, franchising model, and exclusive brand outlets. were introduced.

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SMASHING RESULTS

October 25, 2013

SMASHING RESULTS

2016-2017

With a bull’s eye on quality, design, fashion, branding, and distribution the results were stupendous. Valentine won National Marketing Excellence Award in 2016 and also The Economic Times Best Brand Award in 2017.

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BIG DREAMS AHEAD

February 24, 2015

BIG DREAMS AHEAD

2017-Present

Plans in the pipeline – Increase percentile of exports and expand the international business. Open international headquarter and global offices. Add men’s wear and sportswear to product basket. Establish ‘Valentine’ among top 3 global brands in the relax wear segment.

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