10 brands you probably didn't know were not Indian​

Nov 19, 2021

By: Karuna Sharma

Royal Enfield

Originally a British company, Royal Enfield motorcycles were sold in India in 1949. In 1955, the Redditch Company partnered with Madras Motors in India to form what was called Enfield India and today, it is completely owned by Enfield Motors.

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What started as a British company in 1922, Jaguar was purchased by Tata Motors in 2008.

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Lakmé Cosmetics

Founded in 1952 as a subsidiary of Tata Oil Mills, Lakmé was named after the French opera. It was launched by Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata on the request of Jawahar Lal Nehru to start an indigenous cosmetic brand.

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Da Milano

While it sounds Italian, Da Milano is an Indian brand that started in Delhi by Sahil Malik’s father.

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Allen Solly

Often mistaken as a foreign brand, Allen Solly is a home-grown brand owned by Aditya Birla Group and licensed under Madura Garments.

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Louis Philippe

This luxury apparel brand was named after French King 'Louis Philippe.' It is a brand of Madura Fashion and Lifestyle, a division of Aditya Birla Fashion and Lifestyle.

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Monte Carlo

Designer wear and clothing brand Monte Carlo was named after the city, Monte Carlo in Monaco. It was launched in 1984 by Oswal Woolen Mills Ltd, the flagship company of Nahar Group.

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Peter England

While it was established in London, Peter England entered India in 1997 and was acquired by Aditya Birla Group later. Soon, it went on to become India's leading men's wear brand.

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Larsen & Toubro

Counted among world's top 5 construction companies, L&T is an Indian multinational conglomerate that was founded in 1938 by two Danish engineers Henning Holck–Larsen and S.K. Toubro.

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Leather bags and accessories brand Hidesign is based in Pondicherry, India. In 1978, its founder Dilip Kapur collaborated with a cobbler, collected Rs 25,000 and started his own business.

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