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Ivan Castano Freeman

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Colombia trade minister vows to aid struggling exporters 21 October 2014

Colombia's Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Cecilia Alvarez-Correa has pledged to support the country's beleaguered textile exporters at a time when imports outpace exports three-to-one.


Overview of the IAF Designer Award, which was won by ColombiaIAF convention calls for innovation and fashion inclusion 9 October 2014

Global apparel brands must boost innovation and put customers at the centre of their growth strategies in order to survive an increasingly challenging market, industry executives said at the International Apparel Federation's 30th Fashion Convention in Colombia last week.


Adriano Goldschmied, founder and creative director of GoldSignDiesel's co-founder works to beat the denim blues 3 October 2014

Adriano Goldschmied, Diesel's co-founder, is working to promote a new stretch fabric he hopes will turn around the fortunes of the $50bn denim industry.


IAF's 30th Convention kickstarts in Colombia 1 October 2014

The International Apparel Federation (IAF)'s 30th annual convention launched in Medellin, Colombia on Tuesday (29 September), luring 330 delegates from over 15 countries to discuss the industry's latest challenges.


Hanesbrands is leaving Costa Rica after 40 years in the countryCOSTA RICA: Hanesbrands axes 1,200 jobs in Vietnam move 11 September 2014

After 40 years in Costa Rica, Hanesbrands has decided to move its men's boxers production to Vietnam and will dismiss 1,250 workers in the process.


Carlos Botero, executive president of InexmodaBooming demand boosts Colombia apparel and textiles 31 July 2014

Colombia's textiles and apparel industry is set to grow 7% to $9bn in 2014, buoyed by strong domestic sales. The forecast comes as sourcing and fashion fair Colombiamoda raised $308m in its 25th edition, after a three-in-one integration bet proved a wise investment.


The apparel sector employs 50% of NicaraguaNicaragua apparel makers see bleak future from TPP 14 July 2014

Nicaragua's apparel industry is expected to grow 8% to $1.5bn this year, fuelled by rising exports to the US. But while the numbers are encouraging, there are fears they may not last long.


Experts claim VietnamCentral America fears textile losses of $6bn to TPP 26 June 2014

Central America is increasingly nervous about Vietnam's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks, with some experts claiming its inclusion could bring losses of around $6bn to its bread-winning textiles and apparel sector.


MexicoMexico faces big challenges in building fashion sector 22 May 2014

Mexico is working to grow and internationalise its fashion industry - but observers say it faces huge challenges to achieve that goal.


MexicoMexico's shoe makers blame their woes on China 15 April 2014

Mexico's shoe industry continues to blame its woes on China - demanding the government act to quell a flood of imports which trade leaders say could force the shutdown of hundreds of factories.


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