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Ivan Castano Freeman

Articles by Ivan Castano Freeman

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.

MEXICO: To host world footwear congress in November 28 March 2014

Some 600 footwear industry leaders will gather in Leon, Mexico in November to mull strategies to grow the industry and tackle illegal commerce, particularly stemming from China and Asia, according to industry executives.

Peru wants to build the international presence of its textile and apparel sectorPeru to double textile and apparel exports by 2017 22 April 2013

Peru plans to double its textile and apparel exports by 2017 and invest over $60m to promote its key designer brands in international markets.

just-style management briefing: Latam consumers follow global brand trends 3 August 2012

Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo are Latin America's leading luxury brands, according to industry observers who add the region's elite follow global trends when it comes to choosing their favourite labels.

just-style management briefing: Challenges face luxury retailers in Latin America 1 August 2012

Latin America's luxury apparel market is poised for strong growth - yet high import tariffs in some countries, most notably Brazil, and a large counterfeit trade in Mexico could keep some brands at bay, industry observers say.

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