About INgene blog : First ever Indian Youth trend Insights blog

About INgene : First ever Indian Youth trend Insights blog:
This blog explores the detailed characteristics of Young-India and explains the finer & crucial differences they have with their global peers. The blog also establishes the theory of “adopted differentiation” (Copyright Kaustav SG,2007) and how the Indian & Inglodian youth are using this as a tool to differentiate themselves from the “aam aadmi” (mass population of India) to establish their new found identity.

The term youth refers to persons who are no longer children and not yet adults. Used colloquially, however the term generally refers to a broader, more ambiguous field of reference- from the physically adolescent to those in their late twenties.
Though superficially the youth all over the world exhibits similar [degree of] attitude, [traits of] interests & [deliverance of] opinion but a detailed observation reveals the finer differential characteristics which are crucial and often ignored while targeting this group as a valued consumer base. India is one of the youngest countries in the world with 60% of its population less then 24 years of age and is charted as the most prospective destination for the retail investment in the A. T. Kearney’s Global Retail Opportunity Report, 2007. With the first ever non-socialistic generation’s thriving aspiration & new found money power combined with steadily growing GDP, bubbling IT industry and increasing list of confident young entrepreneurs, the scenario appears very lucrative for the global and local retailers to target the “Youngisthan” (young-India). But, the secret remains in the understanding of the finer AIOs of this generation. The Indian youth segment roughly estimates close to 250million (between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five) and can be broadly divided (socio-psychologically) into three categories: the Bharatiyas, the Indians & the Inglodians (copyright Kaustav SG 2008). The Bharatiyas estimating 67% of the young population lives in the rural (R1, R2 to R4 SEC) areas with least influence of globalization, high traditional values. They are least economically privileged, most family oriented Bollywood influenced generation. The Indians constitute 31.5% (A, B,C, D & E SEC) and have moderate global influence. They are well aware of the global trends but rooted to the Indian family values, customs and ethos. The Inglodians are basically the creamy layers (A1,A SEC) and marginal (1.5% or roughly three million) in number though they are strongly growing (70% growth rate). Inglodians are affluent and consume most of the trendy & luxury items. They are internet savvy & the believers of global-village (a place where there is no difference between east & west, developing & developed countries etc.), highly influenced by the western music, food, fashion & culture yet Indian at heart.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Finally black comes to mainstream

March 15th 2007: I stated that "The most favorite unisexual colors are black & white. Boys love blues and rugged while the girls are more into pinks and ethnic mix"

March 21st 2007: I have mentioned the growing dominance of "back" and other darker tones among various college campus (Indian winter 07/08)
Also showed how bollywood is getting inspired by the "darker frames".

July 15th 2008: Fresh summer report shows black is still a dominant color along with pink, grey, pastels and mid tones.

blogger ramya mentioned : "blacks n greys r surely in!! the whole mob of college goers is affected by the 'i wana look sofisticated yet casual' look this season... most of them who r not sure wat is in.. try to play it safe by sticking to blacks greys n whites... good observation!!"

The same day, one more report I have posted which showes black is creeping in as the "latest trend"...worldwide...

and...finally...today's posting confirms that "BLACK IS BACK"...the whole Vogue India current issue talks about "how to wear black" !!!
Interesting, how Satya Paul also arrived with a black saree collection!

Now, WHAT'S NEXT? the next color which was a counter trend as posted earlier are coming as a major trend : mint green, greenish blues...pink remains a staple.

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