After studying law I vectored towards journalism by accident and it's the only job I've done since. It's a job that has taken me on a private jet to Jaisalmer - where I wrote India's first feature on fractional ownership of business jets - to the badlands of west UP where India's sugar economy is inextricably now tied to politics. I'm a big fan of new business models and crafty entrepreneurs. Fortunately for me, there are plenty of those in Asia at the moment.
Renzo Rosso, founder, Diesel
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In a unique partnership IPL franchise Mumbai Indians has tied up with Italian fashion brand Diesel to launch a limited edition of apparel for fans of the cricket team.
The range of denims, polos, t-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts and accessories such as suspenders and caps was launched in Mumbai by Renzo Rosso, founder, Diesel in the presence of Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani and its captain Rohit Sharma. Each piece of apparel comes with Mumbai Indians branding in gold and indigo.
"It is a momentous step for Mumbai Indians to be recognised as the most preferred global brand partner, becoming the first sports team from India to have such a partnership with global reach to cater to our growing global fans," said Ambani in a statement.
For Diesel this was an opportunity to be associated with a sport that has a massive following in India. Rosso admits that being a football fan he was initially not too keen on the idea but warmed up to it after "seeing the game and its huge fan following in India".
In all a total of 32 products have been launched as a limited edition and will be available across 11 stores in India as well as select cricket-playing nations like England, Australia and South Africa. It allows Mumbai Indians to take their brand global.
Diesel will market the Mumbai Indians branded apparel for two seasons with new styles coming each season.
Recently Diesel was associated with another iconic sporting club AC Milan as the official style partner.
Disclaimer: Diesel is marketed by Reliance Brands (owned by Reliance Industries) in India. Reliance Industries also owns Network 18 publishers of Forbes India.