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What? Dude will emerge out of Studio Fi, the brainchild of Christian R Fabre, also founder-CEO of Fashions International (FI), a Chennai-based buying agency.Fabre, a Frenchman, has been in Chennai for the last 30 years establishing himself as a successful entrepreneur in the business of garment outsourcing.
Whither and Why?Some of the European brands being serviced by Fashions International
are DDP, Oxbow, Liberto and Jules from France and Criminal Clothing from the UK.After establishing Fashions International
as a name to reckon with in the international fashion market, Fabre
sensed the growing potential of the Indian market, felt there was no streetwear brand and embarked on establishing this range for men some four months back.
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Frenchman and Hindu monk Christian Fabre did this and much more.
He has a staff of 40 at head office and as many as 62,000 workers in 35 factories in India and China.
M Fabre may also be the world's least expensive executive.
Although a co founder of Fashion International
with two Indian partners, his
Hinduism demands he
holds no attachment to anything worldly, including clothes for the most part.
It also means that he
holds no shares in the company he
"I get paid only 10,000 rupees (Pounds 130) a month, just for pocket money," he
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The Guest of Honour was Mr. Andrew T. Simkin American Consulate General, Chennai; Special Guests for the evening were Mr. Christian R. Fabre, Director of Fashion International and Ms. Amanda Murphy Founder of Teddy Trust, who have made their mark in this world by helping people with their humanitarian and social nature.
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For an executive whose work entails closely tracking fashion trends and couture labels, Christian R. Fabre has an unusual sense of dress.At work, he wears the garb of a Hindu holy man: saffron robes, beads, and ash and vermilion on his forehead.Mr. Fabre, a 63-year-old Frenchman is chief executive of Fashions International, which supplies clothes and home furnishings to foreign retailers.He has lived in India since 1971.Mr. Fabre's initiation into business, and spirituality, came after deep personal setbacks.His neighbors subsequently introduced him to yoga and Hinduism.But even when he travels to Europe for business, Swami Pranavananda Brahmendra Avadhuta, as he calls himself, creates a stir.At the Paris trade fair in September, Mr. Fabre says "Potential customers were shocked, but when I started talking business, they discovered I speak their language."
The company headquarters are in a 10,000-sq-ft building in a Chennai suburb, surrounded by lush foliage.A central courtyard houses a shrine to the Hindu gods Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, and Shiva.Mr. Fabre
is one of the highest payers of income tax in Tamil Nadu.Mr. Fabre
takes a modest monthly salary of $200, in keeping with his
faith, which requires him to renounce all material attachment.His
employees earn varying percentages of the company's revenue.For every 10 days he
retires to his
remote Kolli hills ashram for two weeks, where he
meditates and, through a satellite-enabled Internet connection, tracks business deals while discussing spiritual matters with his
followers in online chat rooms.The retreat is open to all and offers free medical services to local people."For a sanyasi like me, contracts are redundant," said Mr. Fabre
has never fired an employee.Mr. Fabre
, who does not eat meat or drink, is reverentially addressed by employees as Swami-ji.He
was deeply influenced by a leper who seemed content even though he
had lost his
toes and fingers."He
became my guru in my quest for happiness," Mr. Fabre
Swami Pranavananda Brahmendra Avadutta talks about balancing business with spirituality. -- Beliefnet.com
A Frenchman named Christian Fabre came to India 33 years ago as a buyer for a Franco-Belgian company.Today, the Frenchman lives as a sky-clad ascetic in the Kolli Hills, is known as Swami Pranavananda Brahmendra Avadutta, and exports clothes to clients in Europe.
In March, Science & Theology News' Chhavi Sachdev met Pranavananda, the saffron-robed CEO of Fashions International
, at his
company's head office in Chennai, India.
Were you not raised Christian?