Our History

A whole lot has changed since we first flagged off…

Timeline

1994

Mr. Prashant Shah, a Bombay-born entrepreneur, after moving out from his ancestral property at the Sindh Cloth market in Bombay, desires to have a good quality Indian flag on his table at his first & newly renovated Kalbadevi office. But he is deeply-disturbed to learn that there are no quality flag makers in India, more-so in Bombay as the city was known to be the manchester of the textile industry. To add fuel-to-fire, he discovers that the good quality Indian flags that he had noticed at his friends homes & offices were not from India, but were imported. Having years of experience in the business of textiles & plastics, he dreams to have an establishment that not only sells Indian flags, but flags of all countries.

1995

With endless research done & many sleepless nights, flag manufacturing finally begins. Only to soon learn that the majority of flags printed were all ‘rejects’ & ‘no good.’ Flag making wasn’t as easy as it had seemed after all! No wonder there weren’t any flag makers in India! But not willing to give-up easily, we go deeper into the world of vexillology, printing & fabrics!

1996

The Flag Shop is finally born. We are the 1st & only manufacturers of high quality flags in India. Our Kalbadevi office in Bombay had 5 employees.

1998

As there is a lack of awareness for good quality flags in India, The Flag Shop yet remains a recreational/part-time business venture.

However, we do our best to promote flags & spread awareness through numerous trade fairs.

2000

All the flags for US President Bill Clinton’s visit to India is proudly fostered by The Flag Shop.

2001

The Flag Shop relocates to Laxmi Mill Estate, Mahalaxmi, Bombay.

We introduce our latest range of car window flags & larger outdoor flags.

2002

We make available our newest range of outdoor national flags of all countries in sizes 12” x 18”, 2ft x 3ft, 3ft x 4.5ft & 4f x 6ft. They are made by appliqué & embroidery / hand sewn.

2004

The Flag Shop launches new miniature flag bases in acrylic, stainless steel & brass, for single flags, cross flags & group flags.

The future finally begins to look bright & we seriously become a full-fledged flag manufacturing enterprise.

2006

We are presented the National Youth Award by the National Youth Project. A decade in the business, we manage to successfully sell a little over 75,000 flags. Get press coverage from various newspapers & channels over the years.

2007

The 2nd generation of The Shah Family, Mr. Gyan Shah, takes interest in The Flag Shop, hoping to extend it’s legacy to a new pinnacle.

2008

The Flag Corporation, a division of The Flag Shop is introduced to the world for exports. Our website is completely revamped with our revolutionary range of quality flags & accessories. We acquire www.theflagcorp.com & www.theflagcorporation.com

The IPL is the highlight of the year, opening up a new avenue of sports flags & hand flags in India amongst thousands of cricket fans.

The world’s largest South African flag of size 60ft x 90ft is proudly manufactured by us. This flag is made exclusively for the annual South African Tattoo 2008 at Montecasino, Johannesburg.

To top it off, we are presented the Bhartiya Udyog Ratna Award. We throw a party!

2009

It’s time to get more professional. We acquire a domain exclusive to professionals – www.flags.pro In addition, we also acquire www.theflagshop.in

We become India’s only giant flag maker, making the world’s largest flag of India – 48ft x 72ft. Mr. Naveen Jindal gives us the Largest Indian Flag Appreciation Award on behalf of his foundation.

Aerial advertising is successfully launched in India for the 1st time with the Volkswagen Beetle aerial flag of size 80ft x 120ft flown across Bombay & New Delhi.

2010

The Wall Street Journal, USA features Mr. Naveen Jindal & The Flag Shop in their international print edition & online for our exemplary efforts in promoting the giant monumental flags. Click here to view the article.

We jointly work with the US Consulate & Secret Service, in providing all the USA & Indian flags (table, car & floor pedestals) during US President Barack Obama’s November visit to India.

2011

It’s the year of sporting events! We provide flags for the AFC Asian Cup, Qatar 2011, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, DLF IPL, Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix as well as the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.

In addition, we happen to win many prestigious awards. It’s time to celebrate! 🙂

2012

At the Kargil War Memorial on Vijay Diwas, we are delighted to meet Mr. Naveen Jindal, founder of the Flag Foundation of India, in celebrating & hoisting yet another monumental flag there. Mr. Jindal has been our mentor all along in radically improvising on a common cause that we both strongly believed in – to motivate Indians to fly the Tiranga, especially our youth!

2013

The Flag Shop becomes India’s only flag store that sells exquisite quality flags & flag accessories online with the easiest payment options.

2014

Achieved our greatest monumental feat by making the world's largest flag hoisted on a pole, standing tall at 110ft x 165ft, proudly displayed at King Abdullah Square in Jeddah, thus showcasing our prowess in giant flag manufacturing on a global scale.

2016

Secured the prestigious position as the official licensee for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2016, solidifying our reputation as a trusted provider of high-quality flags at international sporting events.

2019

Played a pivotal role once again in the grandeur of Vibrant Gujarat held in Ahmedabad by supplying flags across the city for the event, showcasing our commitment to supporting significant national gatherings with our premium flag & display solutions.

2022

Embraced the vision of honourable PM Narendra Modi's Har Ghar Tiranga initiative, coinciding with the celebration of 75 years of Independence, which aligned perfectly with our mission to foster national pride amongst Indians to display our Tiranga. Witnessed unprecedented demand & support, epitomizing our dedication to promoting the display of the Indian flag with unmatched fervor and enthusiasm.

2023

Unveiled our groundbreaking innovation of the Terrabase & Fibralux Pole, which offers a versatile solution for outdoor flag hoisting. Combining the strength of Terrabase, a solid textile-reinforced concrete base, with the durability of Fibralux Pole, a lightweight yet robust fiberglass-reinforced plastic pole, we introduced an ideal flag hoisting solution for any occasion, whether to be displayed temporarily or permanently, setting a new standard in the industry.