10 Brands You Always Thought Were Foreign but Are Actually Indian

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 06:40 Hrs
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10 Brands You Always Thought Were Foreign but Are Actually Indian

When shopping for luxury products, most people often prefer going for brands from Europe, especially from France and Italy. This is because of the perception that brands from these countries are superior in terms of taste and quality. But if you were to look keenly, you’ll realize that locally made Indian luxury products are in fact far much better. However, since you are dealing with an already biased market, you have to be a little smart in order to hook potential customers. And that means adopting brand names that vaguely sounds Italian, French or even British. That being said, here are 10 brands you always believed were foreign but are purely Indian:

1. Louis Philipe

Louis Philipe is no doubt one of the world’s leading brands of men’s apparel. And while the brand may sound so French, it is totally Indian. It’s only that the name is inspired by King Louis Phillipe, who was king of France from 1830. The brand, which is owned by Madura Fashion and Lifestyle, was launched in the country back in 1989.

2. Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is a premier clothing brand that specializes in men and women’s apparel. It’s well-known for its superior quality woolen apparels. As Italian as it may sound, Monte Carlo is 100 percent Indian. This woolen wear brand is actually from the Ludhiana-based Nahar Group. And it is doing well both locally and international.

3. Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield sounds like a brand that comes from the royal factories of Britain. But in the real sense it is a motorcycle company that’s based in Chennai. Royal Enfield is a subsidiary of Eicher Motors Limited, one of the leading auto manufacturers in India. Now you know the brand isn’t British as you might have thought. Royal Enfield has been manufacturing high quality motorcycles since 1948.

10 Brands You Always Thought Were Foreign but Are Actually Indian

4. Amrut Single Malt

Amrut Single Malt must have hit the market with a bang, ranking the 3rd best whisky in the world a few years after its global launch. And while you may think this fine liquor is from Europe, it’s actually brewed and bottled by Amrut Distilleries Ltd right in our very own Bangalore backyard. So whenever you order this whisky at the bar or liquor shop, just enjoy it like the authentic Indian liquor that it is.

5. HiDesign

This leather goods brand may sound foreign but it is purely Indian. HiDesign Company is actually based in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu. Tannaries from Tamil Nadu are known for supplying leather products and accessories to a number of the biggest global brands. And one of those brands is definitely HiDesign.

6. Munich Polo

One may think that this premium kid’s wear brand comes straight out of Germany. But that’s not the case. Munich Polo is a purely Indian brand, whose name was deliberately chosen to appeal to the Indian market that’s obsessed with products that have European-sounding origin.

7. La Opala

La Opala is a high-end tableware brand that’s the number one choice among people shopping for wedding gifts. The brand may bear a French name but that’s literally the only thing related to France. La Opala Company is actually headquartered in Kolkata and all its products are manufactured locally.

8. American Swan

This online shopping site dealing in clothing and fashion accessories might sound so American, but it’s completely Indian. The company running the website is owned by The American Swan Lifestyle, which is headquartered in Gurgaon. It sells a range of products including jeans, jackets, sweaters, t-shirts, casual shoes among other accessories.

9. Jaguar

10 Brands You Always Thought Were Foreign but Are Actually Indian

Jaguar cars always have this British aura and elegance that’s no doubt charming. But did you know the brand is owned by Indians? That’s right. Jaguar is actually owned by the renowned Indian Conglomerate Tata. So if you thought Jaguar is from one of Europe or Asia’s giant car manufacturing companies, now you know.

10. Lakme

Lakme is an Indian cosmetics brand that’s owned by Hindustan Unilever. The company was started in 1952 as a subsidiary of Tata Oil Mills and has been manufacturing cosmetics for both local and international consumers since then. The name ‘Lakme’ is derived from the popular French opera Lakme, which ideally means Lakshmi.

Are you amazed by this list? Well, it looks like most Indians are really fascinated by foreign brands, more so those from Italy and France.

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