Jun 13: Paragon Partners Growth Fund-I, a private equity firm focusing on the mid-market segment in India, on Tuesday announced the successful completion of its sixth investment transaction, a Rs 75 crore investment in eShakti, a Chennai-based women’s fashion brand.
“Over the last 10 years, eShakti has risen to be a mainstream women’s fashion clothing brand in the United States, specializing in size and style customization. It also has presence in Australia and Canada. Founded by Mr. B G Krishnan, a first-generation entrepreneur, eShakti is one of the few international consumer brands from India that enjoys a leadership position in the United States. With its design office located in New York, eShakti competes with the best women’s fashion brands, being fastest to market: 3 to 7 days from planning until launch of new products. eShakti operates an asset light model with a strong technology backend and robust systems that closely track each order to ensure high quality,” said an official statement.
In the past also, the company has raised capital from marquee investors including IDG Ventures, IvyCap and Infina Finance.
Commenting on the development, Siddharth Parekh, Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Paragon Partners, said “eShakti is one of the early movers in addressing an under-served need for make-to-order apparel for women in the western markets. With its disruptive operating model combined with superior quality of design, fabrics and speed of execution, eShakti has been able to build a strong and growing community of loyal customers in the United States.”
According to B G Krishnan, Founder & CEO, eShakti, “the investment from Paragon Partners is primarily needed for growth as we are building a multinational consumer brand with a global footprint. We are excited by the endorsement and opportunity that Paragon’s investment represents and we look forward to building on our history of strong growth based on a robust value proposition that gives us both scalability and a competitive advantage.