A trail of a family business that has been in existence for generations and still persevering.
In the last article we spoke of summer fabrics, and I took a tour to see the latest summer fabrics out on the market. I took a turn to M&P Trikam where I got to chat with Nishaan Trikam, who is the fourth generation of the Trikam Family. Having been to Florence, Italy for the Pitti Uomo Trade Fair I was always fascinated by brands that have been in the business of fashion for many decades. Whenever I would see a brand name and below the name there’s a date of when it was established, I’d be blown away with disbelieve.
Coming back home I started paying attention to local businesses that have been in existence for generations. Sadly, here at home we only have a handful that have been operating for years and still open for business. In South Africa, the fashion industry is slowly growing but we don’t have brands that have been in existences for more than 20 years. However, we do have businesses that have been trading for over half a century. M&P Trikam is one of the local businesses with rich history and heritage and has contributed immensely to the clothing industry.
They are one of the key suppliers of textiles in the clothing industry in South Africa. Not only do they supply locally but also export fabrics to Southern African countries such as Namibia; Botswana; Zimbabwe and Mozambique just to name a few. Founded by Trikam Naran in 1935 where he open his first store in Johannesburg CBD on Market Street. He brought in his two sons, Manilal and Parshotam into the business and the name M&P Trikam was born.
Trikam hails from Gujrat, India and grew up in a family of tailors where he also learnt the craft. In learning the skill, he fell in love with the beauty and intricacy of fabrics. The passion for textile landed him in Durban, South Africa which he later found himself in United Kingdom where he got the opportunity to learn more about different fibres.
30 years later after the opening of the store, they relocated to Fordsburg where the store still stands even today. As he continued keeping things in the family, he reinforced his legacy by bringing his grandson Prakash to spice things up with innovative ideas in expanding the business. Inspired by his grandfather’s journey in the textile world, Prakash travelled the world learning and gathering valuable information about different threads. He then began to bring in the best quality fabrics into South Africa at competitive prices.
As fashion evolves new trends and technology are introduced, and just like his grandpa did, Prakash brought in his sons into the business making them the fourth generation of the Trikam Empire. With fresh new blood in the company, M&P Trikam now supplies all sorts of fabrics that one can ever think of. Today M&P Trikam is the sole distributing agent of one of the world finest suiting fabrics such as Drago and Lanificio Cerruti, and both brands are family ran business.
This family orientated business goes out of their way in making sure that the customer feels at home. The cutters are so clued up that one can consult them when not sure how much fabric to buy for a specific garment. Just like their forefathers Nishaan and Deepal are also fabric connoisseurs and the always available in store for style advice on suiting from fabric choice; patterns; colours; etc.
For more information you can visit their website: https://mptrikam.com or pay them a visit on 24 Mint Road, Fordsburg.
Until Next time…